Rocktober: Get Out And Vote!

Vince Herman - Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi

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

Vince Herman
This election finds us at a major crossroads. World opinion about us is at its lowest in decades. Our President has committed plenty of impeachable offenses. The military industrial congressional complex has us firmly in its grip and a major redistribution of wealth is underway with the "bailout."

Add unreliable electronic voting machines into the mix and the possibility of another stolen election and it's clear to see we are in a dangerous point in our history. The massive registering of new voters is encouraging. We must increase participation in the democratic process among those too cynical to believe we can change direction in this country. Participation is key to this reversal. Let's hope that all those new voters do complete the voting process and have their votes accurately counted. Our future and the hopes of those around the world that look to the U.S. as a beacon of hope and justice depend on it. This seems more critical in this election than at any point in my memory.

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

Music gives us the experience of coming together as a group, feeling like we are in the same boat. While some political tactics emphasize division and fear, the politics of hope can bring us all together to reinvent our country in a more positive light. I have been particularly caught up in Appalachian politics and the farce of "clean coal" technology. Do some research to see the destruction brought about by "clean coal" in the mountains of West Virginia.

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

It's clear we face incredible challenges in the next few years and it's going to take an educated, caring, visionary leader to move us in a new direction. I know who I believe that to be and am mailing in my ballot early. I am also participating in my hometowns political happenings to try to effect things happening locally and encourage us all to do the same. Now is the time for...

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[Published on: 10/22/08]

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