What if US rockers were convicted of ‘hooliganism’ like Russia’s Pussy Riot?
Bands from 'Rage Against the Machine' to the 'Dixie Chicks' have harshly criticized political leaders in the US. Like Russia's 'Pussy Riot,' shouldn't they be charged with hooliganism?
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At one of their concerts just before the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Dixie Chicks famously declared: “Just so you know…. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
And what can you say about Ted Nugent?
Among his less profane or vulgar political pronouncements, he’s described the Obama administration as "vile," "evil" and "America-hating,” and he’s suggested that if the President is reelected “I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
For sure, government officials are keeping a close eye on such things.
Nugent toned things down for a minute or two when the Secret Service paid him a little visit.
“Ted Nugent, Kidd Rock, and Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine are all essentially on the record as foot soldiers in a war against Obama’s reelection,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina was quoted as saying earlier this year. “As of today we will be dedicating time, money and resources to monitoring the onstage ramblings of political neophytes.”
“Monitoring?” That sure sounds like thought police to us.
We mentioned congressional hearings, where “Code Pink” protestors frequently pop up, waving signs and shouting imprecations and maledictions at lawmakers. They did it at President Bush’s second inaugural ceremony too.
Code Pink describes itself as “a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end US funded wars and occupations, to challenge militarism globally, and to redirect our resources into health care, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.”
If that’s not subversive of America’s natural political order, we don’t know what is. And would they get away with disrupting meetings of the Russian Parliament? We don’t think so.
That’s hooliganism plain and simple, and it needs to be dealt with appropriately.
For musician-activists disrespecting our national leaders, we recommend several hours of Lawrence Welk re-runs.