So, I’m not really a country music fan. Never have been. I don’t hate it or anything, just not a fan. Thus, I’m not really a fan of Hank Williams, Jr. Yeah, I know he’s got a bunch of rowdy friends over every Monday night and they have a great time…but I’m just not one of them. Don’t take this to mean that I dislike the guy…I just don’t like country music.
I think, however, it’s a crock all the flack he recently took about voicing his opinion. What? You haven’t heard? I thought I was the only one who didn’t watch all the network news! Appearing on some Fox show, he answered some political questions with his opinion…his own opinion. The one that belongs to him. The one that is supposed to be guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. He made some sort of off-handed comparison of Obama and Hitler. It was his opinion, not that of Fox (at least, they didn’t confirm his opinion then). Right or wrong, dumb or not, he’s living in the United States and should be afforded that right as we all should be.
I mean, look, the guy is a media star. Many, many media stars have said some of the nastiest things about former President George Bush. Right or wrong, dumb or not, they are living in the United States and should be afforded the right to be right or wrong…or dumb. I never heard about any of them losing jobs or being pulled from assignments because they said nasty things about Bush. Why then does the Left clamor for Junior’s head? Why does corporate ESPN get involved and threaten (did they do it? I dunno, I don’t watch Monday Night Football…ever) to yank his catchy little ditty? Entities like this should stay out of the political arena and leave all the clamoring to the fans/individuals. You don’t like his opinion, stop buying his music. I say the same thing about the leftist stars as well, even if they do irritate me. In fact, there are two leftist movie stars who, after voicing their hatred of Bush, I’ve not paid a single dime to support their movies. Has it hurt them? Not likely, but I’m not their accountant.
Companies should stay out of politics…though I’m probably straying onto the topic of another blog, huh?
Bottom line is, I’m afraid we are slowly losing our right to voice our opinion, especially when it goes against the leftist power elite. They preach tolerance, but the truth is they are only tolerant to voices that agree with theirs. Those that disagree should be silenced. I don’t mean it in a kill-them way, but in a literal don’t allow them to speak way. A former high school classmate of mine recently posted on facebook that Rick Perry was so obnoxious to her that she didn’t think he should allowed to even run for President.
Not even allowed to run? Why not just vote against him?
The problem is he might win (no, this isn’t an endorsement for Perry, just sayin’). And that is something she is not willing to allow. Thankfully for all of us, it isn’t up to her!
Free speech, hate-filled or otherwise, smart or dumb, should remain an American right!