Country music legend, Hank Williams, Jr., is becoming more legendary for what he says about politics than his music, as the Los Angeles Times reports:
Country music veteran Hank Williams Jr. is doing his best to become the official troubadour of the we-hate-Barack-Obama crowd. During a performance at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 17, Williams told the audience, “We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S., and we hate him!”
The throng of heartland Americans cheered enthusiastically. (‘Hank Williams Jr. hates Barack Obama and the new USA’; The Los Angeles Times; August 23, 2012)
I’ve done some checking myself to see if this is what Williams actually said or if he punctuated it with some back-up, but have not been able to find anything but the above quote. I be interested to find out if he did or if he didn’t, and find out the basis of the hate. If you are going to express such extreme dislike of a political leader, you better have some basis for that opinion.
I wouldn’t begrudge Williams his opinion or even the crowd’s applause if there was an underlying reason based in some rational for the statements. If Williams had stated Obama hates farming because in this year of record drought, you don’t see any stimulus coming the way of those growing our crops or Obama hates the military because the reduction in troops leaves our soldiers more vulnerable to attacks in parts of the world that aren’t free from instability. Even if these opinions are completely fleshed out or informed at least it shows that you given some thought beyond the bad guy/good guy blame game; not liking someone for the sake of not liking them.
This issue is a both sides of the aisle problem. It’s a criticism that I have of commentators no matter where they fall on the political spectrum. Our process should be one of political debates. Debates have some foundation in information. Sometimes that information is well researched and accurate and sometimes its off the wall. In both those cases, we, at least, have the opportunity to dissect that information to see how truthful it really is.
So as we continue our march toward election day, feel free to dissent, dislike and comment all you want, but be sure that your sound-bite has some teeth in it.