How better to illustrate that point than with a couple of good 'ol shitkickin' country songs? Okay, maybe the first isn't so shitkickin' since it's Not Ready to Make Nice by the Dixie Chicks. This song is another one of those things that it seems everybody is writing about but I just like the thing so damn much I thought I'd just add to the heap of praise towards the chicks. I've been wondering what's been happening with them since the dust-up over them mentioning they were embarrassed that Bush was from Texas a couple of years ago. Apparently they've been channeling all the anger at the reaction into their music:
I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I don't mind sayin'
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
Sayin' that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over.
The other song I'd like to leave you with is an older (pre-2004 election) song by The Honky Tonkers for Truth. Takin my Country Back is an upbeat tune in the tradition of Woodie Guthrie and Hank Williams. This is one of those songs that always makes me feel there's a little hope for the country every time I hear it.
Please join me in a moment of silence in remembrance of Mr. RedNBlueState Paradigm. He died a quick, ignoble death at the hands of natural causes attributed to common sense. Let's put a special prayer in for the Washington Post and other survivors of Mr. Paradigm who remain in the denial stage of grief.