I remember, thirteen years ago, the kerfuffle that started when the Dixie Chicks, well, at least lead Chicks singer, Natalie Maines, while performing in England, said this onstage about the impending Iraq war:
“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
And a great deal of America, conservative, backwoods, redneck, Republican America, went apesh*t. How dare she say a derogatory thing about the President, especially President W who was sent from Heaven to save us from the infidels in Iraq or Iran or Afghanistan or Pakistan, or wherever there was oil terrorists out to harm us?
People couldn’t believe that Natalie Maines had exercised her right to Free Speech; to speak out against a war she thought was all kinds of wrong; people couldn’t believe she had an opinion!
And the Dixie Chicks suffered for what Natalie Maines said; country radio stopped playing their songs; fellow country artists spoke out publicly against the group; deals were lost, concerts were cancelled; parents told their children to say nasty things about the girls.
Don’t believe that last part? Take a moment and watch the documentary, “Shut Up and Sing.” See the hate spewed from the mouths of children, who are just repeating what their illiterate parents told them.
But this isn’t really about that … it’s about Natalie Maines being at it again, and dusting off that old quote for a new target, Ted Cruz:
And she chose the perfect quotes, the first being from General, and former President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who knew the dangers of war, because he lived through them; the second was from Ted Cruz, a Canadian born warmonger who never served in battle anywhere, and cannot wait to murder the enemy. But then she thought better of her original Tweet, and did a quick edit job on it, to mock Ted Cruz of Canada:
Good for Natalie; thanks for speaking up. We need more of that around here.
Oh, and if you still think she deserved what she got for simply saying she was ashamed to be from the same state as George W. Bush, how did you feel when Ted Nugent said Obama should be hanged? Was that okay?
Feeling shame over being from the same state as a liar and war monger is quite different from suggesting the President be murdered. But Ted Nugent wasn’t ridiculed and didn’t have his life threatened; he was invited to attend the President’s State of the Union speech.
I guess Free Speech is only good when the Republicans like what you’re saying.