Thursday, May 29, 2008

Still Rockin' The Vote

In 1990, Madonna (clad only in a pair of combat boots, a red bra & thong and an American flag) helped launch the Rock the Vote campaign to inspire young folks to get out and vote in this country ... and 18 years later that campaign is still going strong, as Xtina Aguilera joins the cause -- with her 4-month old baby son Max Liron to help lead the charge:

Remember when Madonna, draped in the American flag, appeared in a vamping public service announcement for a nascent organization called Rock the Vote? Now, almost two decades later, Christina Aguilera is kicking off the new campaign for the group, but the one wearing the flag is her infant son, Max Liron Bratman. In the new broadcast ad, set to debut later this summer, Aguilera sings a lullaby of "America the Beautiful" to her son, who was born in January. The Grammy winner said she didn't think twice about putting her son in the spot because it's "inevitable that he will be subjected to some amount of press," so it might as well be channeled into a good cause. "This election in particular is such an exciting and historical one, and so I was proud to have my son and I stand together for such a powerful moment and message in time," the 27-year-old star said. Rock the Vote turns 18 this year. Its executive director, Heather Smith, said that more than 850,000 users had downloaded voter registration forms from the group's website this year.

Ahh memories. Can you even believe that the Madonna that we know today is the same controversial figure that we knew back then? But anyways, kudos to Xtina for stepping up and responsibly taking part in such an important campaign. This country would be so much different if young people actually realized the power that they could wield if they actually took the time to vote. I'm convinced that we would've been spared the last 8 years of GWBullshizz if young voters had just bothered to vote in the 2000 and 2004 elections. But that is water under the bridge, we must now look forward to the Presidential election later on this year and work towards getting 18-24 year olds to help ensure that we elect the right person as President of our country. Madonna and Xtina may have different tactics for inspiring young people to get out and vote but I applaud them (and all the other Rock the Vote supporters) for actively trying to make a difference. [Source]