Saturday, November 25, 2006

Dixie Chicks Concert

Four of us went last night to the Staples Center to see the Dixie Chicks. One of us remarked that Natalie has learned to keep her mouth shut, but I guess I don't get it. I think they said quite a bit, and it was very clear.

They came onstage to "Hail to the Chief." That does sort of make you think of the President of the United States. It's not exactly the way to stay away from the subject of Mr. George W. Bush and all his works, and how the Dixie Chicks have spoken of them. They opened with "Lubbock or Leave It," which is pretty clear too. "I don't wanna hear no more about killing, and how it's God's will." It's a pretty aggressive song. The Christoids of Bloodlust will probably not like it!

The crowd went wild for "Not Ready to Make Nice." In "Taking the Long Way Around," there was some special response to "wouldn't kiss all the asses they told me to."

All this gave me a few things to consider:

1) When you bully people - especially a mob bullying three pretty women, and even radio station executives bullying their affiliates - precisely because they look vulnerable and you figure they will be easily cowed, it doesn't look good on you, and it will blow back on you in the end. People do get tired of being told to kiss all those asses, don't they? It's an instance of God's promise to have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

2) After 5 years of having their meanness and cowardice cultivated and milked for political advantage, at least a few Americans that were not tired of it before are getting tired of it now. Since God has made man in his image and likeness, there is something offensive about people always trying to corrupt us for their advantage, even if we're enjoying it at the time.

3) These ladies have genuinely grown up and begun to understand that it does indeed cost you to stand in truth, and they sing about it and how worthwhile it is in ways that anybody can learn from. Adversity does sharpen the just as gnawing sharpens a rat's tooth.

And besides all this, it was a fun show!

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