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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Friday, June 09, 2006

Not Ready to Make Nice - Dixie Chicks


On the eve of President Bush's decision to attack Iraq, The Country band, Dixie Chicks was performing in England on 10 March 2003 when Natalie Maines, the lead singer said to the crowd that she was embarrassed that George Bush was from her home state of Texas.

The political fallout that ensued culminated with the major US Country music radio stations [predominantly owned by the mega monopoly Clear Channel Communications] throughout the US refusing to give air time to the Dixie Chicks' music. Actually, there was a flurry of organized protests against the Dixie Chicks - sponsored by local redneck stations which organized rallies where Dixie Chicks CD's were collected and destroyed - by fire, by tractor etc. The old, 'shit on the Dixie Chicks and prove how patriotic you are by doing so' approach.

Caught up in the fervor of patriotism, some of these rubes even went as far as discussing raping the girls because they "didn't know their place." Imagine that, Disk Jockeys encouraging their audience to commit heinous crimes against women who simply voiced their opinion contrary to the neoconservative cacophony of chickenhawks clamoring for war.

Now THAT is family values for you; threatening to hurt, rape and kill these women because they exercised their First Amendment right to disagree with their government about the war on Iraq.

Initially, the Dixie chicks apologized in the face of such derision and even death threats – who wouldn’t? Fortunately, they held to their contention that the war was unjust - they do to this day.


In retrospect, those three country girls turned out to be right because time has revealed George Bush & Co. lied to get this country in to the Iraq fiasco. Many other mistruths, half truths and outright lies have come to light since the Dixie Chicks spoke out against their president.

I agree with them; I respect the office of the president but I do not respect President Bush. The following song, recently released on their CD, Taking the Long Way Home reflects who they are and what character they have maintained in the face of flag-waving redneck pressure.

Not Ready to Make Nice
Dixie Chicks


Forgive, sounds good.
Forget, I'm not sure I could.
They say time heals everything,

But I'm still waiting

I'm through, with doubt,

There's nothing left for me to figure out,
I've paid a price, and I'll keep paying

I'm not ready to make nice,
I'm not ready to back down,
I'm still mad as hell
And I don't have time

To go round and round and round

It's too late to make it right

I probably wouldn't if I could

Cause I'm mad as hell

Can't bring myself to do what it is

You think I should

I know you said
Why can't you just get over it,

It turned my whole world around
and I kind of like it
I made by bed, and I sleep like a baby,

With no regrets and I don't mind saying,

It's a sad sad story
When a mother will teach her daughter
that she ought to hate a perfect stranger. And how in the world
Can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they'd write me a letter

Saying that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over


I'm not ready to make nice,

I'm not ready to back down,

I'm still mad as hell
And I don't have time

To go round and round and round
It's too late to make it right

I probably wouldn't if I could

Cause I'm mad as hell
Can't bring myself to do what it is

You think I should

I'm not ready to make nice,
I'm not ready to back down,

I'm still mad as hell

And I don't have time

To go round and round and round

It's too late to make it right
I probably wouldn't if I could

Cause I'm mad as hell

Can't bring myself to do what it is

You think I should

Forgive, sounds good.
Forget, I'm not sure I could.
They say time heals everything,

But I'm still waiting

God Bless the Dixie Chicks - they didn't sell out and they exercised their God-given, inalieanble right to speak out as protected by the First Amendment.

As historian Howard Zinn stated when speaking about Thomas Jefferson, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."


Right on Dixie Chicks - those fools can kiss your ass because, in the end, you were right.

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6 Comments:

At Sat Jun 10, 11:04:00 AM MDT, Blogger Xolo said...

I don't like country music, but I almost feel like buying their music to stand in solidarity with them.

It's amazing how polarized this country has gotten.

But we need to stand our ground. The first step to totalitarianism is the attempt to silence dissenting voices. And it seems like that is the direction we are headed in.

 
At Sat Jun 10, 09:01:00 PM MDT, Blogger Liquidplastic said...

Yes they were!

But what has right and wrong got to do with it when Bush keep doing his thing, while our boys are still dying for oil --- I would like to know what can be done to stop this madness. It seem our votes are stolen before they are counted --- but this is not new and these days I hate even discusing politic --- it's like "madness going around in circles".

Still, I am glad you posted this. I supported the Dixie Chicks by buying their album. They can sing too!

 
At Tue Jun 13, 10:27:00 PM MDT, Anonymous Brad Sparks said...

Freedom of expression, whether from the Dixie Chicks or from individual bloggers is important. You have an excellent viewpoint and I will re-post your article on mixeye for others to discover, with your permission.

 
At Sun Jun 18, 10:52:00 AM MDT, Blogger Darius said...

I got a kick out of hearing them interviewed on NPR. They didn't even have to bother saying, "I told you so," and didn't.

My only awareness of them had been because of their remark - my reaction at the time was, "Yes!"

The NPR interview played some of their old music along with cuts from the new CD, including the song you quote. My reaction to the old stuff was frankly, "ho-hum," but I like what I heard of the new CD.

One of them said that the Bush thing had made her realize that she wanted their music to be about something.

Go Dixie Chicks!

 
At Mon Jun 19, 06:24:00 PM MDT, Blogger FreeThinker said...

Great post, great blog! I'm trying to enjoy the new Dixie Chicks CD without letting politics get in the way (for the record, I too am ashamed of the President).

 
At Tue Jun 20, 03:43:00 PM MDT, Blogger sabizak said...

loved your post and have linked it on my blog. Like your blog very much too.

 

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