- Ada, Oklahoma


April 9, 2014

Inflexible thought is a growing problem

Ada — You remember the Dixie Chicks, of course. The band that told foreigners how embarrassed we were of President George Bush?

 For that, the group was smeared right off the country music map by those who felt this group shouldn’t be speaking for them or saying ugly things about George.

  Say what you want to about our presidents inside the family nation, but speak no evil of our leader on foreign soil. That message was driven home with full force — at the concert box office.

 Now, a different party holds the White House. If some country music band said in Great Britain our whole country was embarrassed by President O’Bama, would they, too, be erased from the country music map? Or any musical map.

 Or would they be embraced as “real American Patriots?”

 Just asking.

 Personally, I never had a problem with the Dixie Chicks besmirching the name of George W. Bush, and it wouldn’t bother me at all if some bands did the same overseas in regard to Obama.

 They are neither patriotic nor unpatriotic for expressing their opinions. They are Americans.

 We’ve made fun of our presidents since the beginning. Cartoonists and satirists have made a fortune at the expense of the No. 1 man. It goes with the job.

 Now, if you said something like that at a funeral, that could admittedly be offensive. But it still wouldn’t be unpatriotic in a free country.

 I’m making a point of this because I see too many Americans who can only see one side of an issue these days — their side. If you disagree, you’re unpatriotic,  unChristian and unAmerican. There seems to be a fading nimbleness of mind in the land.

 Our two political parties would have us believe that if the other party was in power, our entire moral fabric would catch on fire.

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