country gone mad

Oh. My. Gosh. I am so excited that country music is now one hundred percent all-authoritarian, all-the-time!

First, you know, the Dixie Chicks really ticked off a lot of people who, like, like living in America by saying they're ashamed of their president, which is, like, so unpatriotic and stuff, and, like fifty percent of the country voted for Bush, right, so nobody should be ashamed of him, okay?

Besides, I totally heard that lead singer Natalie Maines committed treason just because she's married to one of them, you know?

Okay, well, never mind, because while I was writing this, the Dixie Chicks managed to issue an apology or two while still using the same publicity still, which is kind of weird, right?

But then there's their number one song, Travelin' Soldier, which I guess was written before the Dixie Chicks turned into communists, but maybe not if you look closely at the lyrics, because it talks about a soldier dying, as if that's all war was about, and doesn't talk about all the Vietnamese people who won their freedom because of that soldier, so maybe they were athiests back then, too?

But I burned my Dixie Chicks album yesterday anyhow, and now I mainly listen to songs by real Americans like Lee Greenwood, and did you hear about how there are at least some people who still stand up for what's right in this country, like that guy at the Houston Rodeo who beat up a foreign guy because he wouldn't stand to the national anthem of Proud to be an American? I'm proud that guy's an American.

So yeah, things are going okay, right? I'm just waiting around for the war to start and wondering if they might bomb some of the rock-'n'-roll stations in town, because a lot of their music sounds like it might question our leaders, and that's unconstitutional.

5 comments so far

1 Mar 17 '03 9:10pm:

Elise replied:

"In the IDS (Indiana Daily Student), one student said that they were offended by John Cougar Mellencamp's "To Washington" song and called it "hypocritical" because Mellencamp "is supposed to be a heartland singer" and was therefore betraying his roots by his protest of the war and his unpatriotic song.

I was born in Middle-America. Does that mean that I'm supposed to support whatever the majority of people support here - whether I agree with it or not? How would going along with the consensus instead of my conscience make me someone who is not a hypocrite?

So much for the First Amendment... I guess actually practicing our Freedom of Speech is not considered our right anymore once we go to war.

"You hear people say it all the time-
'My country -- wrong or right'

Oddly Jackson Browne's 1986 rings so true for what is happening now...

"I want to know what that's got to do with what it takes to find out what's true -- with everyone from the President on down trying to keep it from you"

It struck a chord with me when Alice Walker - the author of "The Color Purple" was arrested in Washington when she and others of "Code Pink" were protesting the war. She had crossed a "police line". I guess she failed to remain in her First Amendment Box or opted to turn her back instead.

In other local news...
A young woman from a small Indiana town is being horribly harassed and criticized because she started to turn her back on the flag when her basketball team was pledging allegiance. (Isn't this what they were suggesting was appropriate protest on other campuses?) Instead of looking at this as the peaceful protest it was meant to be (she provided very well thought-out reasons for doing this when asked), she has been attacked and ridiculed. ( apologies that I couldn't find the link.)

To Todd -- I *really* wish you would enable comments on the "Thoughts" portion of your page. I'm going to now enter a comment here in reference to one of your shorter comments since it was so relevant.

It was mentioned in the March 14th "thoughts" entry of this fine forum that conspiracy theorists had it wrong - that it was really the Cessnas and not the black helicopters that we should be worried about...

I live in Bloomington, Indiana. An FBI Cessna was flying over Bloomington, Indiana a few weeks ago. When questioned about it, the FBI at first denied this. Later, when others confirmed the sighting of the plane, the FBI stated that this was "routine".

Later, when the foreign students attending Indiana University were hauled off for questioning, the FBI said this was routine as well.

FBI agents were caught sifting through the trash of some of the International Student organization houses and hanging outside of places where they worship.

Most of the foreign students I know at Indiana University are there to either study math or music.

I don't know about you - but when FBI planes are circling overhead a small Indiana college town, and foreign students are rounded up and their places of worship are staked out and ALL of this is called "routine" - it makes me feel like something is seriously and dreadfully wrong in America.

All of this is against the backdrop of American trouncing of the UN. A week ago, I had myself convinced that Bush and his administration wouldn't do something so stupid as to go to war without UN approval. It sets up a terrible precedence. Why in the world would other nations try to sit down together to try to resolve their differences peacefully if the U.S. scoffs at such procedures? If another country wants a "regime change" in another country - what is the logic that stops them from making that happen by force if America does this?

If we're going to war against Iraq because Iraq failed to meet UN restrictions, then what are we when we ignore the same institution? And what are we when we claim we want to "liberate" the Iraqi people and then claim that we want to use a "shock and awe" technique in Baghdad where we will drop 3000 bombs in the area killing more than 100,000 innocents or more (Direct and indirect casualties: 500,000
- according to a UN report
). And what are we when we complain about Iraq using chemical weapons when we use depleted uranium in our ammunition that has caused a huge increase in birth defects and cancer in Iraq since the last Gulf war?

Does anyone still want to say, "My country, wrong or right"?

Do people still want to tell others who peacefully dissent to "shut up"?

The depressing answer is unfortunately, "Yes."


2 Mar 23 '03 11:47am:

Lee A. Paquet replied:

""country gone mad"- You may make a valid point but I couldn't tell exactly what you were saying. Your very wordy paragraphs need some editing and reviewing. Sometimes less is more!!"

3 Mar 24 '03 6:35pm:

Allen Freeman Jr replied:

""country gone mad" - - I understand what you were saying. You make a good point. I have been so tired of pro-war people describing anti-war people as Un-American. "

4 Mar 31 '03 7:56pm:

Frank replied:

"Found this while searching, then found your site. I think the quotations are appropriate.
"Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong." Naval commander Stephen Decatur originated the phrase in a toast given at an April 1816 banquet in Norfolk, Virginia, to celebrate his victory over the Barbary pirates. . . .Fifty-five years later, Carl Schurz, German-born U.S. general and U.S. senator, clarified the concept, "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right." British author, G. K. Chesterton would probably have agreed with Schurz, since he wrote in 1901, "'My country, right or wrong' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'"

5 Apr 22 '03 2:20am:

Jessica Rubin replied:

"It's nice to know there are still some thinking people in this country!!"

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