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A few days ago, Pseudodionysius posted a thread about my love of country music. Since then, I have been in something of a slow burn because of a certain comment that was posted there. The comment in question was posted by me, wherein I mentioned one Randall Hank Williams, better known to the world as country music legend Hank Williams, Jr.
From 1989 to 2011, a version of one of Williams’ hit songs – retitled “Are You Ready For Some Football?” – was featured by ABC (and later ESPN) as the introduction to “Monday Night Football.” Here is a clip from the early 1990s:
That all came to an end on October 3, 2011, when during an interview on Fox and Friends, Williams expressed dismay that a few months earlier, Barack Obama and Joe Biden had participated in a golf outing with two of their alleged political opponents: John Boehner and John Kasich. Williams said that the get-together made about as much sense as Adolf Hitler meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu.
Within hours, the social justice warrior lynch mob went to work, and by the end of the day Williams’ iconic song had been pulled from “Monday Night Football,” and at week’s end he was fired outright. All for the “crime” of insulting Dear Leader Obama.
Of course, Williams’ employment by ABC/ESPN was at-will and they had the right to dismiss him for any reason or no reason at all. But does anyone really think Williams would have received the same treatment had he said the same thing about one of Obama’s Republican predecessors? To ask the question is to answer it.
Social justice warrior lynch mobs are becoming an all-too-frequent feature of contemporary American life, as seen with the recent uproar over the “murder” of Cecil the Lion and the disgraceful, Taliban-like pogrom against the St. Andrew’s Cross and other Confederate symbols. In his latest podcast, John Derbyshire likewise expresses disdain (starting at about the 31:50 mark), recalling how similar such events are to the child-abuse conspiracy insanity of the mid-1980s. If you want to know how such nonsensical movements like National Socialism, Maoism, and the Khmer Rouge can gain social traction so quickly, the aforementioned are contemporary, textbook examples on a much smaller scale. Mass hysteria exists, no doubt about it.
Indeed, the America of 2015 bears little resemblance to the America I was born into forty years ago. On the day after Election Day in 2012, a cousin of mine with whom I am very close called me. She asked how an incompetent, America-hating Marxist like Obama could ever come to lead the United States. Here is what I told her: “The country that you and I knew as kids, the country that put a man on the moon and won the Cold War, no longer exists.”
It has been said that the past is a foreign country. For many of us, that is an apt description of the present. Adios, America.Published in