ROCKTOBER 2004 : : VOTING ON THE MIND

Rodney Holmes
Steve Kimock Band

Why is it important to vote?

This administration wants us to believe their domestic and foreign policies won't cause any direct harm to the general public. Nothing could be further from the truth. Their policies directly affect each and every one of us. Not to mention the rest of the world, as well as the environment. They want us to feel apathetic to the plight of less fortunate people in our society and around the world. They don't want us to know what's going on and vote based on the issues. This is precisely why we must vote. The courageous men and women who were involved in the civil rights movement of the nineteen sixties have sacrificed so much, so that you and I could vote, and to do so free from intimidation. We have a responsibility to vote this administration out of office. We have a responsibility not only to our country, but to the rest of the world as well.

Is this election any different than elections past?

This election is extremely important. Especially after what happened with the last election. We are at a critical point in our history. Everything that forward thinking Americans have work so hard for is in danger of being wiped out. Our civil rights, as well as our democracy are in jeopardy. If we've learned anything from history it's not to take our civil liberties, our democracy, and our vote for granted. There is a general lack of awareness that has infected our country. Ignorance and apathy will eventually destroy everything that we have worked so hard for.

Do politics have a place in music?
Why or why not?

Sometimes.

I believe that most artists are social critics to some degree, and sometimes it's necessary to express social and political views through the music. I would even say that it is sometimes our obligation. I believe that in some situations, not saying anything is basically contributing to the problem. Even though we're musicians, we are still American citizens and we should respond to what's happening around us.

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