Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Chuck Berry won't sing for "Johnny" in election

Something I've always found funny about our presidential elections, are the choices of the songs that our candidates use as their campaign themes. I mean, often, they're not very imagintive. It's usually something like "Beautiful Day" by U2 or "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty. Although, Reagan's selection of "Born in the USA" by Springsteen in his 1984 re-election campaign I always find amusing, since anyone who listened to the lyrics knows that it isn't a patriotic song, and Springsteen had come out against Reagan's use of the song.

The latest of this is John McCain's use of the Chuck Berry classic "Johnny B. Goode" (which is named the number 1 guitar song of all time by Rolling Stone). While Berry didn't come out against McCain per se, in this article, he expresses the utmost support for his opponent in November, Barack Obama.

While I'm on this, I am sure that Berry will be attacked by some for basically stating that Obama has his vote because he's the first black candidate, the first black major party nominee, in a general election. Some people have been saying that many black people vote for Obama only because he's black, rather than having a knowledge and approval of Obama's stance on issues. That's fair enough, that's probably true. But then, consider the people who have voted against Obama in the primaries (and no doubt will in the general) because of his being black (and/or "being Muslim"). They don't have any more of an understanding on where he stands on the issues, than his black supporters who vote for him solely on his race.

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