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A recent blog post on NOFX's MySpace page reads as follows:"NOFX are headlining the opening of the Democratic National Convention at Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado this Friday, August 22nd. To celebrate Barack "Punk Rock" Obama's nomination, NOFX will perform Punk in Drublic in its entirety and in order.
Side Note: Fat Mike is pretty sure he is on Barack's VP shortlist. Keep yer fingers crossed everybody!"
No, of course not seriously you jackass! As far as I can tell from my research, there appears to be no connection between the DNC and NOFX whatsoever (aside from the fact that both events are taking place in the same city around the same time). What would a bunch of politicos wearing suits want to do with a legion of overage, overweight punk rockers that can't hold a tune or write an original song? Harsh, Mark. I know, I know. But I'm starting to get pretty fed up with some of the bands on the Fat Wreck Chords list that shamelessly exploit their influence in the punk community to promote causes based on specific and personal belief systems. To name a few: Rise Against (former Fat Wreck), Anti-Flag (completely shameless), the Lawrence Arms (that was a given, as Brendan Kelly has always been an outspoken liberal).
Why can't these bands focus their efforts on supporting nice universal charities, like Save Darfur or Jerry's Kids? Why has there got to be an agenda with these bands, the ones that call out religious groups on indoctrinating followers, the ones that criticize conservatives for closed-minded thinking? There's never a thought to the hypocrisy involved here.
IF YOU'RE GOING TO BACK AN INITIATIVE TO GET PEOPLE TO VOTE, LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES WHO THEY'RE GOING TO VOTE FOR. Don't mask it as an open invite when the subject matter is one-sided.
And, I'm sorry, but I don't understand what blindly backing your party has to do with exercising your individuality. I plan on invoking my personal freedoms by exercising my right to NOT vote this coming election.
Okay, Obama is ballsy enough to discuss options for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian crisis. That doesn't mean that one or more leaders from either side didn't end up laughing in Obama's face because we sent an inexperienced d-bag to a place that he had no business at all visiting. How many great leaders have tried to negotiate a peaceful resolution to exactly that conflict? And in goes Barack, ready to save the world and flaunting his limited foreign policy experience like its something to be proud of.
And, honestly guys, there's no reason to bash McCain on your site. The poor guy doesn't have a clue how to work the internet to defend himself.
Really, why can't you guys stick to unaffiliated punk rock? Can't you just hate the world, rather than specific people?
Exploitation. Indoctrination. Degradation. Could be the title of the next NOFX album.
"Live your life with decision / Live your life, not religion."
- Fat Mike, "Live Your Life"