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The “Rock the Vote” movement, so named because “Vote for Democrats, Inc.” sounded too forward, is in dire straits.
Founded in Los Angeles in 1990 with the goal of politically empowering the MTV generation, Rock the Vote quickly became a cause celebre among Democratic and entertainment power brokers. At rock concerts, on college campuses and with ads featuring a near-naked Madonna, the group helped register millions of young voters.
But as it moves into its 16th year, Rock the Vote itself is being rocked by crisis. Saddled with about $700,000 in debt, the group has cut its staff from more than 20 people in 2004 to just two today. Its president, who left last summer amid disagreement about the organization’s direction, has yet to be replaced. And last month, Rock the Vote was sued for the second time in just eight months.
The reason “Rock the Vote” is falling into a financial hole and their offices are now emptier than Paris Hilton’s CAT scan is simple:
A) Businesses run by liberals who are dumb enough to believe in, and practice, anti-capitalism are doomed from the start (if you’re going to have a fake liberal store front, it needs to be supported by capitalist joists, the way the phonies who run “Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream” do it).
B) Thankfully, there simply aren’t enough idiotic liberal kids anymore, and out of those millions of young people that “Rock the Vote” registered, how many were “the enemy”?
C) MTV sucks now and the only people who watch it are the ones who can’t be coaxed out of their chairs on election day because they’re engaged in all their pre-show activities for that night’s “Real World”. Just because they registered to vote because they were drunk at a Dave Matthews concert doesn’t mean they’ll actually go vote, no matter how much Woody Harrelson and “Flea” from the Red Hot Chili Peppers beg them.
D) Getting people registered to vote, and assuming they will vote, is as far apart as showing people how to fill out an astronaut application form and expecting them to be on the next Space Shuttle.
E) Leftist celebrities wildly overestimate the power of their own opinion.
“E” is how we end up with pop culture ne’er-do-well movements like the “Rock the Vote” push. There’s a reason “Rock the Vote” doesn’t resonate successfully anymore. To think that Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if Moby, Jennifer Aniston and the bald Tinkertoy from REM tell us to vote, and for whom to vote Ã¢â‚¬â€œ we lemmings will gladly leap off whatever political cliff they do, should be and is an insult of biblical proportions.
These people can really get full of themselves. Years ago, my wife and I saw Don Henley in concert. Some great music, but in order to hear it, those in attendance were forced to put up with a sanctimonious monologue about saving Walden Woods that would have made Thoreau himself take his own life. We came to hear “Boys of Summer” and “Hotel California,” and ended up nearly violating federal law by wringing the neck of an Eagle.
“Rock the Vote” spent years exposing “Generation Ritalin” to such heavy issues as what a candidate’s hash pipe of choice is, what kind of skivvies they wear, or which historical figure they would most like to funnel beer with, and then those very people expect the same kids to react with a passion for actual issues at the voting booth? This is like waiting for Shakespeare to come out of Pauly Shore.
But the biggest problem for “Rock the Vote” is itself– they are their own worst enemy. Inherent in liberal political ideology is the belief that “somebody else” should pay for everything.
In a liberal organization that survives on raised funds combined with supporters who also embrace the gimme-gimme-gimme ideology, it doesn’t take long before you run out of “somebody elses” while the supporters stand around staring at each other, wondering what happened, clinging tightly to their wallets, and blaming it all on bad accounting.