Rocktober: Get Out And Vote!

Reed Mathis - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tea Leaf Green

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

Yes and No.

Reed Mathis by Josh Miller
It's NOT different in that it is a choice between two groups of millionaires and their spokespeople, and in that the outcome will affect millions of people all over the world.

But, it IS different in two ways:

#1: The Bush/Cheney team has nearly ruined this country in every way imaginable. The modern-day Republicans do not deserve four more years of propping up the very rich, bullshitting the populace, and bullying the world.

#2: Obama may not be a perfect candidate, but he's one of the best to make it to a party nomination in modern history, and he hasn't sucked Satan's balls, as far as we know. Also, 145 years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation isn't it time we show the world that white America isn't better? Also, I am a fan of taxing people who make over a million dollars a year, to ease the burden of people who make under $20,000 a year. Also, I am a fan of getting the oil-brain out of Washington, D.C.

These things make this election matter.

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

READERS OF JAMBASE: I would like to point out that the Bush/Cheney policies have directly hurt the live music culture, and have made life as a professional musician (an already risky situation) MUCH more difficult, through raised gas prices (=cost of touring), a crumbling middle-class (=money to attend shows/buy records), and fake terrorism protection (=difficulty of travel). Anyone remember how much easier it was to grow a band in the Clinton years?

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

Here's what I'd say: VOTE! If everyone of legal age voted in every election we'd have had no BUSH or CHENEY. People who lean away from right-wing ignorance talk a lot of shit, but they don't vote.

"But Reed," you might say, "The last two elections weren't even real! Voter-fraud was rampant in Florida and Ohio, and probably everywhere else! Why vote when it won't even count?"

Good point. The catch is this: if the system is broken and you don't vote, nothing happens. If the system is broken and you vote, it doesn't count and nothing happens. BUT, on the outside chance that the system isn't broken and your vote still counts, if you didn't vote, you'd be just as IGNORANT as the right-wing idiots who live in trailers but still think democrats will raise their taxes.

Also, I'd say "Don't listen to the middle-men. CNN, FOX News, NPR. Unless you're six years old, you don't need anyone to explain this shit to you. Get closer to the source. If you want to watch some political shit, watch C-SPAN. The pundits tell you what you want to hear, what you expect, and promote a celebrity-gossip style of politics. We can all stand to grow up a bit and research things for ourselves. Theoretically, this is OUR country.

Reed Mathis is on tour now with JFJO in the U.K.; tour dates available here.

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