Since many of our critics delight in demonizing W, often using the comments section of posts where we don’t even highlight the former president’s merits nor acknowledge his failings to remind us how the Republican remains, in their view, a horrible, no good, very bad man, I thought I’d offer them a little challenge so they could put their money where the mouth is and show how truly intolerant, narrow-minded and hateful this man was.
So, here’s the challenge:
Recall how back in March 2003, just before US troops invaded Iraq to liberate that nation from Saddam Hussein, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks told a London audience:
Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.
A singer for an American country music trio denounces her nation’s president on foreign soil. And this was only the beginning of the group’s attacks on the then-President.
Given the Dixie Chicks’ attacks on Bush, surely that Republican, being as horrible as you say, must have done something to censure, if not censor, the group. Please provide evidence of his criticism–or that of any official spokesman–for the White House (at the time). Please show how he coordinated efforts to denounce the group and/or use their criticism to his political advantage.
For this challenge, I’m not interested in what conservative bloggers, pundits or radio hosts had to say. The issue here is the supposedly maleficent Bush. Here’s your chance. Show how truly bad this man was, in how he reacted to this criticism.
If you come up empty-handed, then you’re free to provide examples of him denouncing or prosecuting others protesting the Iraq War.