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Fol­low­ing last month’s mid-term elec­tions in which the Democrats took back con­trol of Congress, LAURA JANE GRACE ex­plains why the U.S. po­lit­i­cal sys­tem needs a to­tal over­haul…

Ire­ally want to be op­ti­mistic, but I’m not. I’m fuck­ing so pes­simistic about ev­ery­thing right now. And I think that [Don­ald] Trump is the symp­tom of the sys­tem, not the root of it. That be­ing said, in the U.S. in par­tic­u­lar, as white peo­ple be­come more of a mi­nor­ity, that’s ob­vi­ously what the re­ac­tion to mi­nori­ties and im­mi­grants com­ing here is. Like, ‘We don’t want any­one who’s not white here be­cause there are be­com­ing fewer and fewer white peo­ple’ – and in a world with an ex­plod­ing pop­u­la­tion and dwin­dling re­sources, the fight for those re­sources and the fight for those closed bor­ders will be­come only more vi­cious. “I think that in a lot of ways, the world is at war and peo­ple need to think dif­fer­ently. Peo­ple need to stop com­par­ing ev­ery­thing to [Adolf] Hitler and peo­ple need to stop think­ing in terms of World War I and World War II. The world is at war and I don’t know how to get back from that. I put faith in the mid-terms – I re­ally hoped peo­ple would : o turn out and vote – but at the same time t o the fuck­ing sys­tem’s rigged. “In the state of Ge­or­gia, where I was born, they were ger­ry­man­der­ing there and try­ing to dis­en­fran­chise the African-amer­i­can com­mu­nity from be­ing able to vote – just try­ing to block peo­ple from vot­ing that might not vote the way that the other party wanted M them to vote. And that’s not a new thing, ei­ther. Look at Ge­orge W. Bush’s : elec­tion [in 2000], which was such a high­ly­con­tested elec­tion – I was writ­ing about that when we did [Against Me!’s 2005 record] Search­ing For A Former Clar­ity, talk­ing about bal­lots drift­ing into the ocean in re­la­tion to all the bal­lots in Flor­ida that were never counted. And Flor­ida was the state that made the dif­fer­ence be­tween [Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Al] Gore and Bush then, and we saw there that there’s still ram­pant elec­tion cor­rup­tion and ram­pant gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion now.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the con­ver­sa­tion has been nar­rowed down to be­ing like, ‘I just wish the Democrats would win ev­ery time.’ But the prob­lem isn’t just go­ing to be fixed if the Democrats win – the prob­lem is that it’s a fuck­ing bro­ken sys­tem. What I ac­tu­ally wish is that there were more than two choices.” LAURA JANE GRACE & THE DE­VOUR­ING MOTH­ERS ’ NEW AL­BUM BOUGHT TO ROT IS OUT NOW VIA blood­shot records


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