According to The Pulse of Radio, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist and political activist Tom Morello commented on last week's historic election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in an interview with Spinner.com. Morello said, "I honestly thought I'd never live to see this day. Obama's election is a huge step towards civilization for a country whose past is so steeped in racism." But the outspoken musician added, "I think it's imperative for us to continue to organize and push for human rights, peace, and economic justice no matter who is in the White House."
While last week's election brought the biggest voter turnout in a century, with the youth vote especially coming out more than they have in years, Morello told The Pulse of Radio that citizens must not think their duty ends with their vote. "There's still this kind of false belief that just by voting, that's your only responsibility," he said. "And then you can say, 'Well, I voted and so, you know, even though we're in this immoral war, you know, I voted for the other guy, so it's not really my fault.'But it's not merely through voting that they can change the world. They have to get out there and do it."
Morello is currently on the road in support of his second solo album as THE NIGHTWATCHMAN, titled "The Fabled City".
He performs on Tuesday (November 11) in Minneapolis.