Monday, May 29, 2006
the Dixie Chicks on Memorial Day
I am a moderate fan of country music, but I have fallen away from it for a while because of the Red States stance on our current administration. "It's a my country right or wrong" attitude I can't put up with and will not support. Especially when my country is led by George W. Bush who is not a golden example of what America is or should be.
However I will support courage, honesty and intregity, which is why I got the latest CD by the Dixie Chicks. In March 2003 the Dixie Chicks made a public comment in London at a concert that they were ashamed that George W. Bush came from their home state of Texas. For that remark they have been threatened, boycotted and supremely unpopular with Red States country music stations across the country.
When they were asked to explain their comment they did, and said that they believed that in thieir right to free speech. Red states fanatics said that they were traitors when they used free speech to make comments against a sitting president, the chicks explained that free speech meant that you are allowed to make a comment, even if others don't agree with you.
Lots of country folk called them disloyal to the very troops who were fighting for their rights, but the Chicks said that many others before this generation fought to give them that right and to NOT use it was disloyal to them.
Well, their comment was nearly professional suicide.
But they are back, unbowed and courageous, and even making a song about their belief called "Not Ready to Make Nice."
I applaud their courage and support them in the only way I know how, by supporting their music. I wish more would do the same. I wish more would understand that it takes a heck of a lot of courage to point out in public, when you are a person in the public eye, that something is not right, even if others disagree, or are blinded by propeganda.
Leonard Pitts Jr, syndicated columnist published in the Miami Herald, agrees with me. I hope more people read his column and realize that the Dixie Chicks are not cowards, or traitors, but patriots who are willing to sacrifice their livelihood for their principles. If the rest of the world would follow suit we would all be in a much better place.