The defenders of the Dixie Chicks only make them look worse. From the comments section of my earlier post:
Now go cruise around in your pickup, swill some beer, lynch a nigger, shoot some roadsigns, beat your wife, and get to the yeehawin’
for some reason our current president is beyond reproach. and negative commentary is not tolerated.
So we should respect Bush because he’s a draft dodging, coke-snorting alcoholic with deep ties to Enron…
Are we supposed to take you all seriously? You sling irrelevant ad hominems and bigotry and hysterical claims of non-existent repression- everything but a substantive argument about the real serious problem of Islamic radical terror and how we are to defend ourselves. It is precisely this type of display of disrespectful childish petulance that makes serious people- liberals as well as others- utterly contemptuous of you.
It is perfectly fine to criticize the president. He pisses ME off on a regular basis. I criticize him vigorously. However, I try to make some type of substantive critique, and suggest specifically what should be done differently. I try to take into account the real world situation the president is in, and the various pressures he has to balance.
If you said that you opposed the war because of x, y and z issues, that’s fine. Ms. Maines, however, merely wished to say that the president is a big poopy-head, so there! It is the arrogant and totally unearned presumption of smug superiority that infuriated people. “Ashamed” of the president? Shut your pie-hole. Who do you think you are?
Notice by contrast the much different reaction that Bono got for opposing the war at about the same time. He respectfully disagreed with Prime Minister Blair- without reaching for every stupid sinister kitchen sink smear he could find. He recognized that Mr. Blair is sincere in his belief that this war is necessary, but suggested that he was “sincerely wrong.” Note that no one is burning their U2 collection.
Indeed, Bono has repeatedly shown himself to be thoughtful and interested in understanding other people’s points of view. He does his homework, and mostly talks about a couple of specific issues about which he has significantly educated himself. He could actually tell you something about third world debt issues- what countries owe how much to whom for what. You might actually learn something.
Or you could just jump up in front of a microphone or camera and indulge some childish display of petulance, then whine about how unfairly you’re being treated when you get called out for it.Powered by Sidelines