Monday, August 11, 2008

Joey 'Shithead' Keithley.
A continuation of a previous post.

Here is a politician who demonstrates how one can make their voice heard. Shithead, or Joey, is a member of the punk group D.O.A. The band is based in Vancouver and developed a pretty devote following since the 1980's. He has remained an important figure in punk music, with the maintaining and growth of his own recording company, Sudden Death Records.

In 1996 and 2001 he entered politics under the Green Party's banner. Unlike some, he did not try to alter who he was when he put his name on the ballot. Instead he embraced it. The general public seemed to have as well, since he secured as many votes as the then leader of the Green Party had: Adriane Carr. Joey probably did so well because he is charismatic, but more importantly truthful to himself, which bleeds into how he treats the public. While his political career never became that of someone like Justin Trudeau, I doubt that Justin could really be perceived as being either truthful to himself or the public. Or at least in comparison to Joey.

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