ROCKTOBER 2004 : : VOTING ON THE MIND

DANNY LOUIS
Gov't Mule

Why is it important to vote?


By Mir Ali
It's not just about deciding a winner. Voting let's 'em know you're watching. If there are large turnouts at the polls, then elected officials can't help but notice the country has its eye on them. Every vote counts, even in states that are predictably Republican or Democrat.

Is this election any different than elections past?

Absolutely. The American form of free market economy is getting close to extinction. As corporate interests consolidate their power (with the aid of the current administration) the free enterprise system and all its opportunities for competition and individual creativity and freedom are disappearing, along with the middle-class, not to mention the toll on the environment that short-sighted bottom line business thinking creates. I think government needs to be swiftly reminded that it is there to protect and serve the general population, not monied interests.

Do politics have a place in music?

Sure.

Why or why not?

Throughout history art certainly has been more than just entertainment. Artists reflect and comment on the human condition so if some artists want to write, paint, sculpt of compose works that are politically motivated, why not?

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Editor's note: While we did not set out with a particular political agenda we do realize that these responses have all been leaning Democratic, if there are any artists who can represent a Republican point of view we would love to hear from you.



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