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Political Punk Wars
February 6, 2004

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
contributor to

In an apparent effort to get younger fans to choose baby death, NARAL is teaming up with punk rockers.

NARAL's President Kate Michelman unveiled the musical plan at a Washington, D.C. nightspot. Members of Pittsburgh's Anti-Flag, Gainesville's Against Mel, Philadelphia's None More Black and Chicago's Rise Against joined Michelman on stage as a show of solidarity.

Lead singer/guitarist for Anti-Flag and aptly named spokesperson for the campaign Justin Sane spoke about the danger of "back alley abortions."

Web site is also playing a role. The site claims it exists to oppose "the dangerous, deadly and destructive policies of George Bush Jr."

Green Day, Foo Fighters, NOFX and Bad Religion have dishonorable mentions on, too.

On the brighter side, a new Web site to counter liberal punk thinking has sprung up. It's called

The site indicates that it "has been created to counteract the multiple liberal punk sites on the web, which are run by only a small number of punk artists who are choosing to make up the minds of thousands of voters."

The site prides itself on the support of Michale Graves, former lead singer of the Misfits and current member of Gotham Road, as well as conservative talk show host and former rock jock Andrew Wilkow.

The connection between punk and politics is summed up by a particular piece of punk wisdom from Johnny Ramone: "To me, I think punk should be right wing. That's how I see it. The left wing is trying to destroy America by giving handouts to everyone and making everyone dependent on them. They only care about the voter base. They don't really care about anything else. They don't care about anyone."

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