One of the biggest reasons (never mind Al’s failings, or W. being a trained chimp; some of us saw it even then) I abstained from voting for a president in 2000. I just couldn’t stand the thought of Tipper Gore as first lady. She accused rock music for every social ill under the sun and said that D&D was Satanic. Lady, it’s sensationalists like you that truly cause the problems. For once (and I’m horrified at this) I agree with Steve Dallas: it’s the parents who are often the root cause of all youth problems. Like the saying goes, “$h!t rolls down hill.” And for kids, the top of the hill is their parents. Sort of a microcosm of how society can turn something that wasn’t a problem to begin with into one.
In fact, this very same sentiment was expressed by Dee Snider, lead singer of Twisted Sister. Quoted from Wikipedia on the PMRC, “Dee Snider, frontman and lead singer of glam metal band Twisted Sister, testified that he “[did] not support […] Mr. Gortikov’s unnecessary and unfortunate decision to agree to a so-called generic label on some selected records”. Like John Denver, Snider felt that his music had been misinterpreted. He defended the Twisted Sister songs “Under the Blade”, which had been interpreted as referring to sadomasochism, bondage, and rape, and “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, which had been accused of promoting violence. Snider said about “Under the Blade”, a song Snider claimed was written about an impending surgery, that “the only sadomasochism, bondage, and rape in this song is in the mind of Ms. Gore.” He stated, “Ms. Gore was looking for sadomasochism and bondage, and she found it. Someone looking for surgical references would have found it as well.” Snider concluded that “The full responsibility for defending my children falls on the shoulders of my wife and I, because there is no one else capable of making these judgments for us.”