Monday, November 3, 2008

David Byrne says: ‘Vote.’

I just received a mass email from David Byrne, one of my favorite recording artists. I didn’t realize that Byrne isn’t a U.S. citizen. (He was born in Scotland and spent his early childhood in Canada.)

Here’s what Mr. Byrne had to say:
Pardon the bulk mailing. I Can’t Vote. I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. ... On Election Day, I see my neighbors heading to the nearby elementary school to cast their ballots. The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood – rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky – they all turn out in one day.

But most of you can vote. What can I say? The Republicans have made us less safe than before 9/11, bankrupted this economy, started an illegal war they can’t – and don’t intend to – finish, removed what sympathy (after 9/11) and respect the world had for the US, and have robbed US citizens of many of their basic rights.

Global warming? What’s that? Science and education? Investment in our future? No, thanks – we’ll stick with a good ’ole hockey mom. Ignorant, and fucking proud of it, as is always the case.

Although it looks like a shoo-in, it ain’t over ’til Florida. And there are plenty of racists in this country who will vote against their own best interests. So please, get to your local elementary school, post office, town hall, or whatever, and cast your vote and make this a country we can all be proud of. We can get out of this mess, and life can be better than it is.

David Byrne

4 comments: said...

Hey there!

Well folks...the day has arrived...November 4...we are now officially THE UNITED STATES OF OBAMA!


Black is the! (smiles)


dez said...

Callin' it a little early there, aren't ya, Lisa? :-)

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Byrne

Butt out please; we can take care of our civic duties.

If you want to bitch about the state of the States, then get citizenship.

Anonymous said...

we are now officially THE UNITED STATES OF OBAMA!

Don't you mean the USSA, the United Socialist States of America