Open Letter to the Dixie Chicks

  1. Found on another site:

    Name: LT Layne McDowell
    Date: 03/15/03
    Time: 01:54:49 PM

    An open letter to the Dixie Chicks:

    Earlier this week, while performing in London, you stated that you were ashamed that our President is from your home state. I wonder if you realized how many Americans would be listening. This American was listening. This Texan is ashamed that you come from my state. I serve my country as an officer in the United States Navy. Specifically, I fly F-14 Tomcats off carriers around the world, executing the missions that preserve the very freedom you claim to exercise. I have proudly fought for my country in the skies over Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan without regret.

    Though I may disagree wholeheartedly with your comments, I will defend to the death your right to say them in America. But for you to travel to a foreign land and publicly criticize our Commander in Chief is cowardice behavior. Would you have so willingly made those comments while performing for a patriotic, flag-waving crowd of Texans in Lubbock. I would imagine not. How dare you pocket profits off songs about soldiers, their deaths and patriotism while criticizing their Commander in Chief abroad, even while they prepare to give their lives to ensure your own freedom of speech.

    Please ask yourself, what have you done to deserve that sacrifice? Do not try to justify your comments by claiming that you made them only because you care about innocent lives. Never once in our history have we committed troops to war for the purpose of taking innocent lives. We do it to protect innocent lives, even yours. If the world leaders of the late 1930's had the vision and courage of our present Commander in Chief, perhaps the evil men who caused the death of millions in WWII would have never had the opportunity to harm a soul. The potential loss of millions of lives in the future at the hands of today's evil men necessitate action.

    In a separate correspondence, I am returning to you each and every Dixie Chicks CD and cassette that I have ever purchased. Never again will I allow my funds to support your behavior. All you have done is to add your name to a growing list of American "Celebrities" who have failed to realize that they have obtained their successes on the backs of the American blue-collar workers such as our servicemen and women.

    To Natalie Maines: This Texan, this American will continue to risk his life to guarantee your freedoms. What will you do to deserve it?
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    Awesome letter Kevin. He is so right on.
  4. by   rncountry
    I posted about this in the off topic forum, but want to do so again.
    It is my thought that the Dixie Chicks are well aware of who their main audience is, in the main those who are country listeners tend to be more conservative as have a more "kick ass patroitism" than others. I hope that doesn't sound bad right there, but in my experience it is the truth. The Dixie Chicks or at least their lead singer anyway, spit into the face of those who made them successful.
    Everyone has the right to say what they think, but also must also realize that whatever they say is likely to get a reaction, both good and bad. The lead singer who said this should have known that her main audience would not take kindly to it.
    Last, it takes not a lick of courage to say something you know is going to play to the audience. Like what is posted, I doubt seriously that they would do the same in Lubbock.
    I think their careers may be adversely affected forever.
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Great letter.
  6. by   nurs4kids
    I dunno, Helen..I only hope..wish this were true. A coworker, die-hard Republican (BIG in the political game w/ fiance serving as a lobbyist)..anyhoo, she was pretty irritated by their remarks, yet I "caught her" online ordering tickets to their upcoming concert. When I questioned her, "Well, I STILL like their music and they put on an awesome concert." I'm afraid this is symbolic of the 20-something attitude of today and more than likely they are the major purchaser of Dixie Chicks tickets and music. I hope I'm wrong.

    Speaking of the "kick ass patriotism"..
    I've noticed something that concerns me..was wondering if this is local or widespread. Following 9-11, there was an American Flag on every home and street corner. During TGW, there were yellow ribbons and flags decorating every mailbox and oak tree in site. Today, on my street alone, I did a quick poll. Of 30 some odd houses, there is 2..yes two, houses flying the flag (other than my ignorant neighbor who flies the confederate flag above the state flag..with no American flag). Not a single yellow ribbon, no signs of patriotism other than my house and one other. I found this sad..disturbing..

    is it the same everywhere?
  7. by   Mkue
    I've seen many American flags in my area of Ohio we have a lot of VFW's, Reservists and active duty members. Many people erected flagpoles in cement after 9/11 with lights shining on the flags at night, it's really breath taking.
  8. by   rncountry
    In Alabama? I do find that well, different. Here I see lots of flags, we are planning to get a pole this weekend instead of the one that is on the side of the house.
    At some point we are planning on moving south, and not just because of the weather. Maybe I am stuck in a time warp and thinking of something that doesn't exist anymore, but we want to go where people remember what it is to be mannered and polite. When I would visit my dad in Tennessee I found that everywhere, not to mention the "southern hospitality" though I could not live around Memphis where he was because I could feel the racial tensions in the air. In many other areas, particularly around Nashville I did not find that. I can't live in a big city by any means though. Too much a small town girl.
    Course there always is Texas! But I love East Tennessee. My dad grew up in Texas so it has always had an appeal to me and let me tell you bad manners were not allowed in our house! Or anywhere else for that matter. I suppose in some way it is simply that I miss my dad and am looking for the lifestyle that I once had.
    By the way my new favorite country song is by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. Whiskey for my men and Beer for my horses. I don't listen to much besides country anymore. Everything else just grates on my nerves, unless it's the old rock and roll I grew up with.
    Won't see me at a Dixie Chick concert though!
  9. by   nurs4kids
    I love the Chattanooga area, Helen. Nashville's nice too. Move on down a little south though and it gets REALLY great!

    Manners were a MUST in my home growing up and are in my home now. Just ask Hool, I emailed her a long rant today about my 4yr old nephew and his lack of manners (just finished keeping him for 4 LOOOOOOOONG days). "yeah", "uha", "yes", "no", "what?"....ugh, drove me freaking crazy!
  10. by   Mkue
    I do like Kenny Chesney
  11. by   nurse-in-boots
    that was a great letter. hopefully it was really sent and the ditsy chix really read it.

    as far as our house, BIG u.s. flag flying, as well as a yellow ribbon around the tree, as well as a service flag hanging in the window w/2 blue stars on it. (one for me and one for hubby)
  12. by   rncountry
    I understand completely Tracy. Manners are important and my kids have learned that. When the kids were younger we could go out to eat and people would stop at the table and compliment my children on how well behaved they were. To me it is a matter of setting expectations and fully expecting your children to do it. I have a 12 year old nephew that I don't care if he ever comes to my house again.
    Funny story. When I was in labor for my oldest child my then husband was in the Air Force. Had a full bird Col. as my nurse. She say do this or do that and I'd go yes ma'am even in the middle of pains. At some point she asked me if my dad was military or from the south and I said both! And she laughed and told me it showed!
    At 39 I still feel uncomfortable calling older people by their first names, just wasn't done.

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