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I guess we can stop defeding the Dixie Chicks' patriotism

Despite my political leanings, I've frequently defended the Dixie Chicks against those who questioned their patriotism. I guess I can officially stand down now. The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines questions whether patriotism is even a virtue.

"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."

Let's face it, folks. The Sean Hannities of the world were right on this one. I was wrong. Sean, lots of people owe you an apology. I'll extend mine to you, because it's the only one you're likely to get.


My point has always been that these girls received death threats for their comments and stations boycotted them for political statement. Both of these are still wrong. Natalie Maines says some dumb stuff, but if we boycotted every singer who said dumb things, the radio would be silent.

I'm not into boycotts myself, much less death threats. I do think it's now fair game to question Ms. Maines' patriotism, however.

In fact, here goes: Natalie Maines? Consider your patriotism officially "questioned."

"The Sean Hannities of the world were right on this one

Give me a break Barry. Sean Hannity himself is NOT a good patriot. If he cared about the country he would not keep defending the "Iraq lies" and express his support and admiration for anti-Americans like Ann Coulter.

Oh god, this is so ridiculous. How does one "prove" their patriotism when it is "questioned"? By wearing a flag pin? By putting a yellow ribbon on their car trunk? By merely saying they're patriotic? By supporting the President? By saying only good and positive things about their country? By joining the military? By writing and singing some nauseating cheesy red-white-and-blue song?

Pleeeeaaassee...this is so stupid.

By supporting Bush unquestioningly, of course. ;-)

Well, good. Then I'm a patriot. Phheww.

one way to "prove" you're unpatriotic is to say so. Seems kinda simple.

"Patriotism" is pretty much a psych weapon for the insecure. And it works, weirdly enough. When/If someone questions my patriotism, I flip them off. Their opinions of me are not worth my time.
But I think Maines is arrogant so fire away.

If your only answer is to flip them off.....(not that it's worth your time necessarily to explain, but...)

It certainly is 'possible' to be unpatriotic isn't it?

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

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