Fittingly, it only took the lead singer one tweet to demolish Republicans for their blatant hypocrisy in supporting the rogue presidential candidate who supported the Iraq war (but lies about it) and broke federal law for encouraging the political assassination of his opponent this week, requiring an unprecedented audience with the Secret Service.
I get banned for not liking Bush and now Trump can practically put a hit out on Hillary and he's still all over country radio! Hypocrites!
— Natalie Maines (@1NatalieMaines) August 11, 2016
The Dixie Chicks were ostracized by the country music business in 2003, “patriotically” censored by radio stations, and demonized by the right-wing blogosphere for speaking out against the Bush Administration’s boatload of lies used to march America off into the disastrous war in Iraq, saying that “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.”
It only took that one, blistering comment to trigger a national outrage. The disastrous results of the last Republican administration in Washington DC are still being felt today; the decision to invade Iraq unleashed a maelstrom of tension and violence that led to the rise of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) and the refugee crisis. Number one single “Traveling Soldier” about a Vietnam war veteran was dominating the charts at the time of the Dixie Chicks entry into the political sphere, but their public image was never the same after they were branded as traitors for daring to speak out against a catastrophic war-for-profit.
The hypocrisy of the conservative base is outrageous. They shunned the Dixie Chicks for speaking out against Bush but have no problem with Trump delving into actual treason by suggesting the murder of his opponent and for blaming a sitting President for purposefully creating one of the biggest threats to our national security.
When House Speaker Paul Ryan described Trump’s horrid threat towards Hillary Clinton, he said “It sounds like just a joke gone bad. I hope he clears it up very quickly,” but it really sounded like he was describing the objectively horrid Trump Campaign and the descent of his entire party into a ditch containing little but hypocrisy, lies and greed into which he and Reince Priebus have driven the entire Republican party.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.