Ever the restless, multifaceted Gemini, Zia McCabe is more than merely the keyboardist and bass player for the Dandy Warhols. In addition to having studied metal sculpture and dance and becoming an in-demand DJ who spins records as DJ Rescue, she is also a dedicated ecological activist and one of Bernie Sanders’ biggest supporters, having introduced him at one of his rallies in Portland, Oregon on March 25, 2016.
However, on July 26, 2016, as the Dandy Warhols toured Europe to promote their new album Distortland, Zia took to Facebook to put across an utterly important message:
“Why I will now vote for Hillary:
“First off, I don’t know shit about politics. Let’s make that clear. I know what I care about but I don’t get the national or global political game at all.
“Secondly, I believe in Bernie and everything he stands for lines up with what I stand for.
“That’s why I just made my first donation to Our Revolution. To make sure the momentum of his campaign, his message and his supporters keeps influencing the democratic platform and shaping the future of America.
“Do I trust Hillary? No, I don’t.
“Will she make education more affordable and evenly accessible? Raise the minimum wage to $15? Keep Obamacare growing and improving? Make corporations pay their fair share of taxes and limit their influence in politics? Dismantle our prisons for profit? God I hope she makes at least a sizable dent in all of these issues but we’ll just have to wait and see on that.
“In the mean time, I’ll stay loud about the things I care about while I quietly vote for Hillary. Because, she’ll have to pull off at least a small part of our wish list, while Trump will swiftly dismantle it and all the progress we’ve managed over these past decades. We did make a difference Bernie fans. Please don’t feel defeated and quit. PLEASE STAY INVOLVED. If you feel too disillusioned by national politics, go local. I promise it’s easier to understand and more rewarding. If you haven’t watched Michelle Obama’s speech at the DNC, it’s pretty damn good and made me want her to be our first woman president.
“But she’s not running and no longer is Bernie. So let’s marvel at the fact that America is likely to have our first black president followed by our first female president. Or, our first black president followed by our first orange president. Your choice.
“Oh and Sarah Silverman’s speech was great too. Except the ridiculous part. That wasn’t very nice. What I think she meant to say was “You ‘Bernie Or Bust’ people are being PASSIONATE! That’s great! Please keep using that passion for positive change!” “Don’t let this turn you sour. Two steps forward, one step back!” yada, yada.
“PS, Bernie supporters, please stop calling people names. It’s embarrassing and makes us look as dumb as Trump fans. #youarebetterthanthat”
Indeed Zia is dead damn right. Too much is at stake. The election of Donald John Trump to the office of President of the United States threatens the Constitution, particularly in that he plans to loosen libel laws to sue reporters who dare portray him negatively (not that he doesn’t do that to himself already), he has talked of having Muslims register in a federal database and wear special identification badges, and because he opposes the landmark Supreme Court decision that gay marriage is protected under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
On the other hand, it’s worth it to take into account that although Hillary Clinton favored the punitive 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, Bernie Sanders actually voted in favor of it. However, to take a more positive tone, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton generally both agree on abortion rights, same-sex marriage, civil rights, raising wages, and unlike Donald Trump, both are friendly to immigrants. Such being the case, the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is not a Sophie’s Choice, or even a choice between the lesser of two evils. It is the choice between evil and imperfect.
Featured image is public domain.
To contribute to Our Revolution to follow Bernie Sanders’ example and help spread progressive ideas like civil rights, fair wages and a woman’s right to reproductive choice, visit their website, OurRevolution.com.
The Dandy Warhols are currently on tour supporting their new album Distortland and will begin their North American shows in August 2016. To see if they are playing near you, visit DandyWarhols.com.