Rocktober: Get Out And Vote!

Tom Hamilton - American Babies, Brothers Past

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

Tom Hamilton
Personally I feel that this election is a bit more important than others, but you should keep in mind that this is only the third election I have been able to participate in. That being said, I feel that this is important because there is a changing of the guard coming. Our two options are very different from each other and we all have a say in what general direction our country goes from this point forward by the ballot we cast.

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

I think as I've gotten older and I've focused more on the realities of life instead of singing about general shit and clich├ęs, politics have definitely gotten closer to affecting my writing. Not like I'm writing about foreign policy or some shit, but I do find myself paying more attention to the political climate and I'm sure that works its way into the songs.

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

Do your research! Learn as much as you can about both candidates and their running mates. The information is out there for a reason so find it! Go to Wikipedia or to the candidates' websites and read up on what they stand for and what direction they want to steer your country.

I think the only thing that is close to as bad as not voting is not knowing WHY you're casting your vote for someone. Just because someone is white or black or has tits should NOT determine who you pull the lever for. In 2008 ignorance is not an acceptable excuse so get educated and THEN cast your vote.

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