Music and politics do not mix. Its like oil and vinegar. The Dixie Chicks criticized George Bush Jr. for sending troops into Iraq after the bombing of the two World Trade Centers. They received death threats for their criticism of the President. Their fan base consisted of highly conservative patriots who were pro-Bush. Their criticism of Bush nearly ruined their career.
They wrote the song called “Not Ready to Make Nice”, a summary of what happened. The lyrics start off “Forgive, sounds good, Forget, I’m not sure I could, They say time heals everything, But I’m still waiting.” I’m through with doubt, There’s nothing left for me to figure out, I’ve paid a price, and I’ll keep paying.”
The first amendment is about freedom of speech. Can people in the music industry voice their opinions about politics? Look at today’s musicians writing anti-Trump songs. In other countries they are not allowed to criticize the head of the country. In our democracy we allow for the freedom of speech. The Dixie Chicks were voicing their opinion and they did not conform to what patriots thought was the right way to think. I am not taking sides on this issue. I am merely stating that for them to receive death threats over this is rather harsh. I personally wanted to get revenge on the attackers because I was in New York City when the bombings took down the two World Trade Centers. I will never forget the smoke downtown as I worked in Midtown. It is a day that is etched in my brain that I cannot erase. So of course, I wanted to get back at those who did this to us. After all my elderly dad who is now deceased, worked near the Towers, escaped from the chaos by a Good Samaritan who drove him home.
Look all I know is that the Towers came down and thousands died on that day. But yet I still do not hold a grudge against the Dixie Chicks. If I can be open minded can you?
Below is the song “Not Ready to Make Nice” from You Tube: