Just read this Dixie Chicks fawning puff piece that Drudge linked from the UK Telegraph: How the Chicks survived their scrap with Bush. What I find even more humorous is that the writer is more clueless than the Chicks are.
When Maines made her comment on March 10 2003, 10 days before Operation Iraqi Freedom unleashed "shock and awe" over Baghdad, the Dixie Chicks were probably the biggest act in country music. Yet within days, their music vanished from the charts and the airwaves, apoplectic rednecks crushed piles of their CDs with tractors, and the FBI was feverishly monitoring death threats against the trio. It was the most heinous pop-star outrage since Ozzy Osbourne urinated on the Alamo."The reaction was as if Natalie had said 'Death to the President' or something," says violinist and vocalist Maguire.
"It was the bullying and the scare factor," shudders banjo and guitar player Robison. "It was like the McCarthy days, and it was almost like the country was unrecognisable."
Wow. Invoking McCarthy. That's the mark of a mooonbat.
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The level of debate can be gauged from the way Maines was compared to "Hanoi Jane" Fonda, who was photographed manning a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun at the height of the Vietnam war.The Chicks can't hide their disgust at the lack of support they received from other country performers. "A lot of artists cashed in on being against what we said or what we stood for because that was promoting their career, which was a horrible thing to do," says Robison.
"A lot of pandering started going on, and you'd see soldiers and the American flag in every video. It became a sickening display of ultra-patriotism."
"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."
There can be no rational explanation of how Maines's remark came to drive a red-hot poker into America's divided soul, but it's only now that some of the poison has begun to dissipate.
Update: Others on Blogsville Right weigh in on this nonsense.
That may win [Natalie Maines] some fans at Daily Kos, but I doubt it will go over well with the country music audience.
The lovely and articulate Michelle Malkin has links and photos "to turn Natalie Maines stomach."
The Coalition of the Swilling also saw the McCarthy invoke:
Yes, it always comes back to McCarthy and Vietnam, that one-two combination of leftist martyrdom. Oh, I am called to task for a stupid comment! I'm being repressed! McCarthy! How dare people not buy my music because they think I'm an ass…
California Conservative suggests Maines "should hit the books, instead of just glossy magazines."
Layla at Freedom Watch thinks the Chicks should follow Johnny Depp's example.
I guess if you hate America supporting our soldiers and exhibiting any love for your country at all is sickening. They should try telling Canadians how much their country sucks and see how ticket sales go up there. Then try it in France. They’ll rearrange their rioting schedule to burn your car. You too, if they can work it in.
My guess is [Maines] just injected a new dose of poison into the whole situation. And this whole interview sums up exactly why, "the company was concerned about their commercial future".
Oh, and you don't have to question her patriotism anymore. She has none.
Below the Beltway, in a post titled "Another Stupid Career Move," makes a point I've made about the Chicks in the past, that they have First Amendment rights and "are entitled to their opinions about President Bush and the war, but they better not start complaining that people don’t like them again" after making their 'patriotic dissent' statements:
Well, Natalie, perhaps people care about patriotism because they love the fact that they live in a country where people are free to make stupid statements like yours without fear of the secret police taking them away in the middle of the night.
As one wag described Maines' statement, it displays "all the political cunning of Homer Simpson".
Finally, WISN Early Spin Blog asks the question inquiring minds want to know:
By the way ladies, how’s the tour coming along?
Update II: Bryan Preston writes what could be their mainstream popularity epitath:
I can say I knew them when…when the Dixie Chicks were a red-hot bluegrass band that kept their idiot opinions to themselves. Now–they’re dead to me.
Welcome to "All Songs Considered," ladies.
Update III: I should have known the FReepers are all over this. Best reply so far to Maines "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."
These folks may have the answer to [your] question.