President Trump is being assaulted by people from all walks of life and from different national agencies and entities. I am not saying that some of these attacks are not justified, but I want to spend some time evaluating the very negative things that are beings said about the president of the United States. It is interesting the point that we are at in the history of our county and I want to take a trip back in time to 2003. The Dixie Chicks were on the rise and were one of the most popular musical acts in Country music, if not in all of music. They were on foreign soil performing a concert overseas when one of the members of the trio, Natalie Maines, made a then controversial statement. Looking back at it now it does not seem to be very controversial.
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.” The country at the time was engaged militarily in Iraq and was barely removed the tragedy that had struck on September 11, 2001. There was a strong sentiment at the time that what the country was doing was right and if you were to speak out about that then you were considered unpatriotic. People responded in great vigor and resentment toward the Dixie Chicks. Some even called what was said treasonous, which is criminal in its deliverance. Many music stations stopped playing their music on the radio and their popularity took a very big hit.
Look at the blowback that came from just saying they were ashamed of the president and that they were not in favor of the war. Look how, just fifteen years later, the way that people attack the position of the presidency and call him the most vulgar names and wish death upon him and that speak out against the military. It has become so normalized and it is just an interesting aspect of our current society in contrast what it was not so many years ago. Is that a good thing, or does it even matter. One point I would like to make is that looking back at it in hindsight, there were mistakes in the Iraq War and history shows by many that we overstayed our welcome and that we were in the wrong place even. All of this is up to debate, but how messed up is it that this singing group was punished for speaking their mind.
They were cast off from their societal standing because they had the audacity to call into question the actions of the government. That is not freedom at its finest. They had the right to do so and of course others had the right to not listen to their music, but I find the change to be very upsetting. There has to be a point of separation from entertainment and personal beliefs. There are people that I know that will not watch programming because of the people that are on there are gay or have certain political views. We need to be a unified society in our discussing and debating and not so put off by the differences that we have with each other.
We at the same time cannot be so vile when speaking of the president. Even if you are to believe that he is a vile man and there is proof that may suggest that as concrete in some regards, there is a better way of going about resolving that conflict. There is a certain insanity that is entering into our society and one that is not acceptable to the progress of our nation. We can believe different, but we must believe that all are entitled to their beliefs and persuasions. How much better would it have been to speak and debate the Dixie Chicks on their beliefs rather than to just cast them aside. There is no progress there and the past does tell us that they had some truth to the remarks that were made. We all need to do some self-evaluating in this regard.