Print Edition: March 27, 2013
Aaron Levy is CIVL Radio’s station manager, and thus keeps a keen eye on campus politics and student organizations; in light of last week’s SUS Elections Committee Debacle, here are a set of songs focused on democratic snafus!
Crazy Town – “Butterfly”
“You’re my butterfly. Sugar. Baby.” Remember those butterfly ballots in Florida back when Al Gore faced the ‘inconvenient truth’ of losing the 2000 election to George W. Bush? The Sugar Babies down South couldn’t figure out those ‘chads’ on the MLB All-Star vote-card style ballots that won W. the election.
Kanye West – “Gold Digger”
Do you think it made a difference in the 2008 Presidential Election campaign that in 2005, Kanye West interrupted Canadian Mike Myers on a national Katrina telecast to say “George Bush don’t like black people”, less than one whole entire term before the U.S.A. elected their first ever black president?
War – “Why Can’t We Be Friends”
Homer Simpson vs. Steve Martin!? We should be so lucky to be in a position to make such a tortured and difficult decision! But, so it was in Springfield, 1998. Ray Patterson had to fend off the political newb who just wanted everyone to play nice in the decontaminated sandbox.
Woody Guthrie – “This Land is Your Land”
Democracy is an inclusive process that needs to be kept uniform for equality to prevail. It may be a pain, and frustrating, and look like much ado about nothing, but think about how society would turn out if we didn’t allow each other to participate? Let’s share the blame.