Presidential election day is like my Super Bowl. I live for this sort of thing. I love politics as much as I love Glam. Moreover, I'm drawn to politics because of the chance for change. After all, there's nothing better than democracy in action.
Over the past month, my email account was flooded with press releases from musicians endorsing either Barack Obama or John McCain. You'll note I posted none of them. Quite frankly, I think it's a little ridiculous when Metal musicians make a big deal about political endorsements. I mean, Aerosmith is my favorite band. Joe Perry endorsed John McCain. Did this sway my political opinion? No. By the same token, Slash endorsed Barack Obama. Did that make me feel any more sound in my choice for president? Nope. I think musicians have a really big role to play in politics. That role is exciting people - especially the young - to vote. You know, there's a reason Rock the Vote has been around for so long. Holding drives to get kids registered is only half the battle. Musicians need to go along the campaign trail all political season to keep people interested. So, I could care less who Steven Tyler, Nikki Sixx or Axl Rose likes for President. I care more if these musicians are using their celebrity for good. Are the musicians using their influence to motivate? Can they get people interested in donating time and money to charities? Are they giving back themselves?
If you're an American - and you're registered to vote - make sure you get to the polls and cast a ballot. I don't care who you vote for, although if you'd like to write me in, I'd be sure to have at least one Glam band at the inaugural ball. Seriously, if you don't vote, you don't get to complain. This election doesn't just affect Americans. The world is small. We're all in this together. Go vote. Now.