Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Dixie Chicks Just Don't Get It

I haven't heard the Dixie Chicks' latest album, Taking the Long Way. You know...the one that swept the Grammy's this past weekend. I kinda liked the Dixie Chicks' music back when I first heard it. Then Natalie Maines decided to open her mouth in front of people and start talking about politics. I don't agree with what she said or the way she said it, so I stopped listening to her music. And according to her and many others, that is "unfair and unjust." In fact, some are saying that the decision by country music stations to stop playing their music is "not very American."

That leaves little doubt as to what side of the spectrum they hail from. Apparently, free speech is only free speech if you don't have any consequences at all. It doesn't seem to ever have occurred to Ms. Maines that freedom of speech does not mean freedom of responsibility for your words. You are free to say whatever you wish, but your words "can and will be used against you" in the court of public opinion. The Dixie Chicks do not have a divine right to have their music played over the airways, and therefore it is not "unjust" for stations to pull their music once they begin expressing their political opinions.

The Dixie Chicks are today's poster child for the entitlement mentality that is eating away at this country, and it goes hand in hand with the liberal drive to turn this democratic republic into a socialist state.

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