running at the mouth
Something about war and patriotism brings has-been stars out of the woodwork to denounce America.
I'm all about the free speech and stars have just as much right to voice their opinion as anyone else. However, that also gives me the right to call them out for being idiots.
Let's talk about Rickie Lee Jones. You may remember her, depending on your age. She had a hit back in the day with Chuck E's in Love (which, many years later, I drunkenly changed the lyrics to Chuck D.'s in love). I don't think she had any hits after that and she certainly hasn't been doing anything noticeable for the past few years except going down a spiral of drugs and booze. But hey, she's a got a new record to sell, so she's making the interview rounds again.
So, what got Rickie singing again? George Bush. Yes, she came out of the obscurity of retirement to rail against Bush.
Now, though, she is singing about the ugly man with the ugly father who is blighting her nation, the two senators killed in mystery plane crashes, and the need for Americans to tell the world what is happening in the US (in a song subtitled Repeal The Patriot Acts NOW).
Mystery plane crashes? Oh my god, they killed Wellstone! You bastards!
"You're an ignorant, low-class, opportunistic man, both personally and politically, who does everything for political gain and nothing for the wellbeing of the people, and you should not be in office, and the kind of fascism you're perpetrating on our country we don't want, and you're out. We're done with you. Ffffhgggmm."
Ding, ding, ding! You have said the magic phrase that pays. Facism! I'm not sure what Ffffhgggmm means, but I think it's moonbat speak for "I have no idea what I'm going on about, but I thought the controversy of this album would get me some attention."
This is my favorite part:
"I think 9/11 gave this generation an identity, and its identity is potentially fascist. My skin crawls when I think of the first week after 9/11. I was looking out of the window and there were people marching down the street carrying flags. It reminded me of spontaneous, angry Nazis and I thought, 'Oh, man, we are in a lot of trouble'. There's a whole bunch of people who have flags hanging from their cars and who are mistaking fascism for patriotism."
So, people who were traumatized by 9/11 and rallied around their stricken country, waving flags and hanging them from their cars because it was the only way to show some solidarity, some sort of togetherness in a time of need, well, they were being Nazis. Facists. What she doesn't understand is that the flag waving was less about patriotism than it was about standing together. The Nazis saluted Hitler and his genocidal, destructive dreams. Americans saluted the flag, not a person. We were giving each other hope to carry on, to support each other, to not cave into people with, well, genocidal destructive dreams.
I don't expect people like Ms. Jones to grasp any of that. If your initial reaction to those days and weeks immediately followng 9/11 were feelings of disgust at the way Americans were behaving, then you are beyond hope. We behaved, for the most part, proudly. I wouldn't have had it any other way. I don't know what Ms. Jones was looking for, and I'm honestly afraid to ask.
On a related note, see today's Day By Day.