WATCH AND READ: Neil Young Updates Ohio, Targets NRA, Urges People to Vote
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“This has been going on for far too long.” Legendary Canadian singer and songwriter Neil Young has updated his 1970 song “Ohio” with a new video targeting the NRA on his Neil Young Archives website.
During the nearly six-minute solo performance video of “Ohio” directed by wife Daryl Hannah, Young recalls he was visiting some friends in the Redwoods in California, having fun, when news broke over the radio of the Kent State University tragedy, in which four students at the Ohio post-secondary institution lost their lives for protesting the Vietnam war.
“We’re up in this canyon in this log cabin,” he recalls in the video. “There’s redwoods all around it and a creek, birds and animals are everywhere and it’s the last house on the road. So, we’re sitting there, we had just come in from L.A., and we got news that some kids ha gotten shot by the National Guard in Ohio. We were kind of overcome with grief and sadness, so I was looking around and everything’s so beautiful and sitting there and everything was going great, and I’m just realizing how it’s all changed.”
In the accompanying text, Young said that nearly 50 years later, not much has changed.
“Today we see what we have become,” he wrote. “With no real laws protecting us from guns and with politicians supporting the NRA because the NRA supports them, we are not well represented. Today’s students are brave, demanding change in violent times.”
Young says he and Hannah call for “common sense gun laws that protect our people, in schools, in places of worship , in the workplace and on the streets.”
Young ends his message with one simple word: Vote.
The midterm elections are scheduled to be held Nov. 6 and the GOP is currently being controlled by the Republican party, which has been criticized for putting its own private interests above those of the public, especially during the Trump era.
At stake are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 of 100 Senate seats and 36 governors, with the Democrats needing to elect 235 reps in the House in order to take control away from the Republicans. In the Senate, the Democrats – which currently possess 47 seats – would win control with a total of 51 seats.
If the Democrats win the midterms, President Donald Trump will have checks and balances in place to reduce some of his power. But if the Republicans win, Trump will be able to continue to set his own agenda, some of which has proven to be extremely polarizing during the first two years of his four-year term.
As of October 31, CNN is predicting a victory for the Democrats in controlling the House, but that the Republicans will retain a majority in the Senate.
The real question is how many Americans will exercise their right to vote. PBS reported that the 2014 turnout for the midterms was the lowest in 70 years, with only 36.4% of those eligible to vote turning up at the polls to exercise their right.
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