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Punkers Against Bush Punkers For Bush? Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 March 2004
A group of record labels and punk artists have mobilized a tour of punk artists designed to create youth awareness to the power of voting. A very well done site was posted at www.PunkVoter.com which makes a very liberal yet well thought out argument against war and other Bush Administration policies from the prospective of American teenagers. Celebrity articles come from members of the bands Pennywise, Bad Religion and Dead Kennedy’s frontman, Jello Biafra (Eric Boucher). The Punk Voter – Rock Against Bush Tour launched yesterday featuring a lineup of Jello Biafra, Authority Zero and Alkaline Trio. The tour will hit a number of cities in the west and southwest in the coming weeks. While the PunkVoter.com effort seems one-sidedly against the President Bush one important theme resonates above the partisan politics which is motivating an often ambivalent Generation Y to get their tattooed and mowhawked rear-ends into a voting booth and pull a lever.

Americans who follow politics closely, no matter which side of the fence they come from, have to be impressed with the Republican party’s outreach to new voters beyond their traditional religious and conservative base. Hot spots for republican recruiting include Hispanics in the southwest and Cubans in Florida but no rational American could have predicted a Republican movement in the clubs of New York. On a blog called Blogcritics.com, a poster cites an article from the New York Times discussing the enigmatic role of 22 year old Nick Rizzuto. Mr. Rizzuto is a mowhawked member of a New York based punk band called Bouncing Souls. He is also a card carrying member of the Republican party who plans to vote for George W. Bush. Rizzuto tells the Times that he is pro-capitalism and is fond of Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas.

For every action there truly is an equal and opposite reaction. Hopefully, the reaction for both sides of this punker political battle will be increased youth voting powered by Generation Y’s love for music.

Sources: PunkVoter.com, blogcritics.org, CNN

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