Monday, May 22, 2006
Natalie Maines Was Wrong
The Man Makes The Clothes
Tomorrow the Dixie Chicks release a new CD, Taking The Long Way. It chronicles their three year fight against right-wing tyranny. On March 10, 2003 during a concert at Sheperds Bush Empire in London, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks spoke these now famous words,
"Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas,"It was just 10 days before George W. Bush began his deceitful and fabricated war on Iraq. Her and the group’s career took a full speed crash into a wall of censorship and banishment constructed by right wing extremists in their defense of liberty. Freedom of speech to them is a one way street.
She was obviously light years ahead of the curve on that sentiment. Unfortunately in the intervening three years Mr. Bush and the far right have accelerated their attack on the truth, justice, and liberty and in so doing have caused most Americans, even loyal Republicans, to come to the same conclusion. The Presidency of George W. Bush is now recognized as a total failure and catastrophe. America and the world cannot long survive his continuing assault on human rights and dignity all for the enrichment of a privileged few
But here is where Ms. Maines was wrong. A couple of days later she issued an apology to Mr. Bush. She said,
“As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect."In today’s world the man or woman and the office or position are one, there is no separation. In fact that is the way it always has been. Only a deliberate and concerted effort by those in power and those wanting power, from history’s beginning, created the illusion that there was and should be an unnatural division. To say the President of the United States deserves respect is no different than saying the President of Iraq, no matter who it is/was deserves respect. When Mr. Bush lies, cheats, and steals the President lies, cheats, and steals. Those are not qualities worthy of or deserving respect.
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