IF THERE IS ONE THING THAT THE WORLD DOES NOT NEED, IT IS MORE HATE.
Forgive, sounds good. Forget, I’m not sure I could. They say time heals everything, But I’m still waiting.
I’m through, with doubt, There’s nothing left for me to figure out, I’ve paid a price, and i’ll keep paying…
I’m not ready to make nice, I’m not ready to back down, I’m still mad as hell And I don’t have time To go round and round and round, It’s too late to make it right, I probably wouldn’t if I could, Cause I’m mad as hell, Can’t bring myself to do what it is, You think I should. Lyrics from “Not Ready to Make Nice” Copyright © 2007 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
In amidst the sea of confusion and despair currently passing for life in these United States, a few instances and people stand alone worthy of praise for sheer balls in the face of adversity.
Topping this very select list are the Dixie Chicks, those three courageous, super talented, not to mention gorgeous, southern musicians and singers, who while riding high on the global pop charts in 2003 found themselves in a situation where it became necessary to speak truth to power, and suffered mightily for it.
Their percieved crime, expressing embarrassment during a sold out concert in London, that our ass of a president was a Texan.
Innocent enough comment, wouldn’t you say? It’s even more innocent when you consider that the source of it, Dixie Chick, Natalie Maines, was a citizen of a nation that, up until that point, had prided itself on the fact that it guaranteed free speech to all.
In what history will show as one of our nation’s darkest hours, speech was not free in America four years ago. Like much that had made our country great, it, too, was a casualty of the post 9-11 times, suspended, without reason, by order of King George the Bush and his enablers.
So the Dixie Chicks, particularly their lead singer, Natalie Manes, were not accorded the rights guaranteed by their birth, rights for which hundreds of thousands of brave American men and women had given their lives to guarantee.
But it did not stop there.
To say that the shitgates of hell opened around them and threatened to engulf them at every turn, is a major understatement.
Overnight, the women found concerts cancelled, CD and ticket sales plummeting, and their records all but banished from the nations airwaves.
All of this because they chose to criticize a man who time has proved to be the worst president in our history and a war that we now know was far worse than any negative thing that could have been said about it at the time.
Well, jump forward four years.
We now know that, among other things, our president, the great “decider”, trumped up the justification for our entry into the war.
We also know that we are no further ahead in a strategy, any strategy, to win in Iraq than we were on the day that the first bomb was dropped.
To say that this is the most incompetently waged war in modern history is a gross understatement.
Sure, we toppled Saddam, but history will prove, as I have stated here on numerous occasions, that he was a American puppet and that the man charged with removing him, one Donald Rumsfeld, in the ultimate of ironies, had in fact been the man who provided him with the weapons necessary to solidify his stranglehold over his nation state, in the years immediately following Desert Storm.
And that explains, at least to me, the hell bent rush to hang Saddam before he could be sent to The Hague to open his mouth as to the real truth of the situation, including the part played in his heinous activities by America’s Neo-Cons.
But, as they say, that is ancient history. For the minute, let’s concern ourselves more with current events, the kind that occurred at the Grammy Awards the other night. For it was there, that the Dixie Chicks, the one-time pariahs of country music, became the darlings of the far more open-minded rock music world.
With a landmark five Grammy wins, the women who never for a moment backed down, were honored in a way that said a rousing “we are sorry for the horrible things that happened to you, at the hands of our less sophisticated, judgmental country brethren”.
“We are sorry for all the death threats, lost revenue, cancelled concerts and trauma visited upon you”.
“Natalie, You were right, Bush is an ass, and our nation is far worse for having him as its president”.
In the meantime, ladies, revel in your success. So what if country music isn’t welcoming you back into the Nashville fold as was reported earlier today by the Associated Press.
It’s gotta to eat at their craw, that in spite of the continued boycott, you did in fact win ‘Best Country Album’, among your many other awards. Speaking of which, I just loved Natalie’s quoting the Simpson’s when accepting that particular statuette.
So, rest up and hit the road. Then, after that well deserved rest, your loyal fans, the world over, will flock to see you perform to, what I am sure will be, sold out houses.
A BLOGGER MOVES ON
While on the topic of courageous women, honorable mention must also go to blogger, Amanda Marcotte. Marcotte, a long time commentator at Pandagon, had for the past week or so been on the blogging staff of the John Edwards presidential campaign.
It was in this role that she was swift-boated by religious blowhole Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, a right wing attack group, for remarks he deemed anti-Catholic.
To his credit, Edwards, while calling the remarks personally offensive, sided with Marcotte and with free speech and refused to buckle to Donohue’s demands.
Sadly, Amanda resigned yesterday, claiming that the criticism “was creating a situation where I felt that every time I coughed, I was risking the Edwards campaign.” “No matter what you think about the campaign, I signed on to be a supporter and a tireless employee for them, and if I can’t do the job I was hired to do because Bill Donohue doesn’t have anything better to do with his time than harass me, then I won’t do it,” Marcotte wrote Monday night.
Regular readers to this site know that we are tireless critics of orgnizations like Mr. Donohue’s, feeling that if he and his ilk ever took the time to practice what Christ did in fact say, that we would be a far better nation for it.
But this is not the way I guess it is supposed to be.
For that reason it is our opinion, that organizations such as Mr. Donohue’s, and the churches they claim to represent, should in fact loose their tax-exempt status. For it is the existence of this taxpayer gift that has made it very easy for ill meaning people and organizations to channel tens of millions of dollars into what is in effect, organized hate.
If there is one thing that the world does not need at this time it is more hate.
We do, however, need more courageous Americans similar to the ones mentioned above.
Denis Donovan - Editor
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