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06/03/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Not Ready To Make Nice, Redux

From the "Hindsight is 20-20 Department": Natalie Maines was correct. In fact, we should be ashamed that George W. Bush is president of the United States, not just that he's from Texas.

It has been a while, of course, since the Dixie Chicks appeared in London at the Shepherd's Bush Empire Theater for a concert. That was on March 10, 2003, and the band gave a monologue to introduce their song "Travelin' Soldier." That was the point at which Maines said, "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." Immediately after Maines made that statement, Emily Robison, co-band member, pointedly announced that the band, which also includes Emily's sister Martie Maguire, supported the American troops 100 percent.

The trio was immediately vilified. They were thrown under the bus by this nation's Country Music radio stations by blacklisting them. Commentators referred to them as traitors, Saddam's Angels, the Dixie Sluts and more. When some of these folks were reminded about free speech they decided that the ladies' worst offense, then, was criticizing the Bushbaby on foreign soil. The modified statement became something along the order of American political criticism should be kept at home.

Our Hypocrite-in-Chief, himself, appeared before the Israeli Knesset recently and did exactly the same thing, only worse. Everybody knew President George W. Bush was talking about Barack Obama when he likened those who endorse talks with "terrorists and radicals" to appeasers of the Nazis. They knew he meant Obama because his right-wingnut henchfish had spent the entirety of the days leading up to the address alerting the media.

When the Dixie Chicks were the culprits, former fans were encouraged to attend a demonstration where the group's CDs would be crushed by a bulldozer. In fact, the intensity of the hatred directed towards the Chicks lead to death threats and provoked concern for the safety of the band members and their families. Speaking to Tom Brokaw about the situation Bush said in part, "...they shouldn't have their feelings hurt just because some people don't want to buy their records when they speak out...freedom is a two-way street."

John McCain has gone along with Bush's appeasement speech, so I figure former Bush and McCain fans ought to get together and stage an event where pictures and campaign literature of them both would be buried by a bulldozer. Although, in a way, that is already happening. A fundraiser featuring the two buddies at the Phoenix Convention Center, on McCain's home turf, had to be canceled because of poor ticket sales. There were concerns that more anti-war demonstrators would show up outside the venue than there would be people inside attending the event.

The next time somebody says, "Remember the Maine" what they may be referring to is karma. Or, to put it another way: what goes around, comes around. They shouldn't have their feelings hurt just because some people don't want to support their politics... freedom is a two-way street.