Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Don't Worry Hank, I Got Your Back.

First a disclaimer-  I speak solely for myself, but suspect that Sahib would concur.  Few if any entertainers have figured larger in our lives than Hank Williams, Jr.  Still my single all-time favorite recording artist of any genre.  Now, on to the news.

Ole Bocephus got himself in a little bit of a pickle yesterday morning.  Appearing on Fox and Friends to discuss national politics (yeah, that didn't make much sense to me either), Hank expressed his disgust at the Boehner-Obama golf outing earlier this year.  He said "It'd be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu".  He then continued by referring to President Obama and Vice-President Biden as "the enemy".  That set the Fox anchors back on their heels, particularly Gretchen Carlson.  After the interview ended, she said "We disavow any of those comments or analogies he made.  At least I'm going to say that."

Do me a favor, check out the video of the interview here.  I'll wait.  Now let's examine Hank's words a little closer.  He was obviously disgusted that Speaker Boehner would go on a golf outing with Dear Leader.  His comparison was between the actual event and a hypothetical event (a golf outing between Hitler and Benjamin Netanyahu).  He wasn't comparing the PARTICIPANTS of the events, but rather the events themselves.  If you, like Gretchen Carlson, think Hank was directly comparing Obama to Hitler, then you must also think he was directly comparing John Boehner to Benjamin Netanyahu.  That doesn't seem to make much sense, even for Gretchen.  In the immortal words of Maha Rushi, "words mean things". 

Today's headlines are chock full of references to Hank comparing Dear Leader to Hitler.  Predictably, ESPN immediately cut Hank's classic opening song and video from last night's Monday Night Football telecast.  Of course ESPN has a long history of overreacting to comments made by conservative white men about liberal black men.  Ask Rush Limbaugh.  Of course as that turned out, Rush was right.  Donovan McNabb is and always has been tremendously overrated as an NFL quarterback.  But I digress.

What about Hank calling Dear Leader and his acolyte "the enemy"?  Here is the dirty little secret that even many conservatives are unwilling to acknowledge.  Hank is right.  If you believe in individual liberties, freedom from governmental intrusion, and personal responsibility, then Obama and every other liberal statist like him IS the enemy.  The sooner we conservatives get on board with that idea, the sooner we can get Obama's secular progressivism swept onto the "ash heap of history". 

For all you Bocephus fans concerned about the abuse Hank is taking from ESPN and the politically correct crowd, I wouldn't fret.  After all, a country boy can survive.

1 comment:

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