Rocktober: Get Out And Vote!

Rich Vogel - Galactic

Is this election different than past elections, why or why not?

Rich Vogel by Dino Perrucci
It's funny, I remember blabin' on camera to the HeadCount folks four years ago about how important the last election was... and it was. Now as I sit here four years more jaded I feel like I've seen it all. After eight years of W, well... no where to go but up right?! Maybe not. If nothing else I'm going to be driven to the polls on November 4th by the one scenario that scares the shit out of me - that McCain could win... and then die.

What is the relationship between music and politics - and how, if at all, has this relationship affected your music?

For me the relationship is that music is the thing I go back to to remember that life is good when politics makes me want to stick a fork in my eye.

If you could speak directly to all American voters, what would you say?

I would tell people that the qualifications for being president have to go beyond a candidate being someone you can "relate to," or feel like you "could have a beer with." I was reading a book about the Kennedy's recently and as we went through the Cuban missile crisis I was amazed by just how close we came to having a nuclear war. All of the generals of the Joint Chiefs of Staff we're telling Kennedy that he had to bomb the missile sites and then invade Cuba with ground forces. Kennedy asked one of the generals what the Soviets would do once we started killing Russian soldiers. The general said "nothing." Decades later they held a conference commemorating the missile crisis with principle people from both sides. During the conference the Russians participating revealed that not only were there thousands more Soviet soldiers in Cuba than was thought at the time but that they possessed tactical (battlefield) nuclear weapons and were authorized to use them to repel an American invasion! Kennedy was a student of history and knew that WWI had begun almost accidently because of the actions of a small number of people. He was a young president but he had an understanding of the world and the forces at play to make the right call and NOT heed the advice of his military advisors during the biggest military crisis of the cold war. The point is that rather than long for a president that is "like you," you should pray to God that your president is smarter than you are.

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