Commentary

The music fan's guide to voting

The defining narrative of American politics since the turn of the millennium seems to be that 'We the people' are screwed no matter who gets elected. Elect a Republican: We engage in pre-emptive war, the national deficit skyrockets, and we sacrifice education and infrastructure investment. Elect a Democrat hoping things will get better: Stay at war, and public dollars are doled out to the private sector at the expense of education and infrastructure investment. So if it there's no meaningful difference between the parties anymore, then maybe it's time for us to vote as music fans rather than partisans, making our decisions based on the musical merits and ideological inclinations of our favorite artists.

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Patrick Rodgers