I don’t know, but I expect the wealthy to write a check ’cause it’s as bad as it’s ever been. It would be unpatriotic not to try to save the country. I’m sure people will bitch about it, but if it meant we get to operate in this country and live here another day, then so be it.
One way or another, before it’s over they’re gonna have to come and take big money from the earners and big corporations to save the country. I’m sure that everybody that has a patriotic cell in their system will say, ‘If it’s gotta be done, it’s gotta be done.’ I’d rather live here and not have as much money than live anywhere else and have twice as much.
Yes, that's right, that Toby Keith. In the morass surrounding 9/11 and all the kerfuffle about flag pins and stepping up to the plate and patriotism, faux and otherwise, it's easy to forget that Keith is a Democrat. That he supported Bush in Afghanistan and Iraq (like a lot of other Democrats serving in public office ... like Hillary Clinton. That he voted for Bush in 2004.
But the boy came home in 2008. The prodigal son returned.
In view of the fact that an elected Democratic official from the Ventura County Democratic party in California, a man, who, himself, was born in Texas, has - in his self-appointed capacity as Democratic-political-pundit-who-knows-all (and knows nothing) - completely wiped the South and the rural Midwest from the map of relevance when it comes to the Democratic party.
That's it. Kaput. Not only are we unreachable, we're near-as-damn-it untouchable, pariahs in the worst sense of the word, an embarrassment to the country. A Confederacy of dunces.
Ne'mind the fact that every Democratic President elected in the 20th Century, except Roosevelt and Kennedy, was a Southerner; and the two Yankees who served, at various times, had Southerners as their serving Vice-Presidents. Hell, Jeff Davis's descendent and Robert E Lee's lateral descendent is now serving as POTUS, after having served as Senator from Lincoln's own state. If that isn't putting a nail in the coffin of the Civil War, then nothing can.
But the fact is that Toby Keith - Toby-fucking-Keith - who calls himself a Democrat, says exactly what the President has been saying repeatedly, day after day, for the past couple of weeks and beyond that.
That ain't making hay and it ain't whistlin' Dixie. No less than Forbes magazine recently listed Keith as the highest-earning country-western performer. So the Warren Buffett of country music, a Democrat, is saying he, and others like him, should be paying more taxes. Because not to do so, dang it, is just plain damned unpatriotic.
You know, like Toby, I'm a Democrat from the South. I know the media and the Coastal sophisticates who effect to control the Democratic party - you know, those who think of the rest of the country as "flyover country" or "shitkicking Deliveranceland" - don't think there are many of us left down here.
Well, as we say in the South, they don't know jack shit. So maybe it's time they learned.
I imagine Toby was raised the way I was, which was to believe that there were only three things a body could trust in life - God, your mamma and the Democratic Party. I'll just be satisfied with two out of three. Leave God alone, but that's just me.
Now Toby Keith's the sort of person who, if he said what he said above, people of a certain tranche and demographic would sit up and take notice.
The South and the rural Midwest are there for the taking for the Democrats. The old base they threw out with the baby and the bathwater forty years ago, have been on one continuous con by the Republican Party, who couldn't really give a rat's ass about these people in any way, shape or form, except to get them to vote against their interests.
If the Democrats can use big Hollywood names on a regular basis, maybe it's time we learned to use those high-profiled show business voices who sound like ordinary people and who can show these folk that Democrats are just like them and that you don't just have to put on a uniform and grab a rifle to show your patriotism. Patriotism is paying taxes to keep the country moving too.
Look to country. Look to your Toby Keiths, your Tim McGraws and Faith Hills, your Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwoods, your Alan Jackson, who tweeted his excitement two weeks ago to be performing for the President and meeting him. Democrats all, who can get the Democratic message across in words the common man can understand and to which he can relate.
Funny thing. As the late Joe Bageant, a great Southern Progressive, often said. If you come into the South, the South embraces you. More and more African Americans are moving South - either returning after many years living in the North or relocating for the first time. The rather snotty historian, Rick Perlstein, visited Americus, Georgia, and was actually stunned that African Americans and whites intermingled freely in bars and social settings throughout the area. Moreso than in his Chicago. Ignorance showing much?
Maybe someone would be wise to suggest such a tactic to Debbie Wasserman Schultz. If the medium is the message, then I can't think of better messangers than these folks.
And there's no better message for the President to convey than what Toby Keith conveys in his latest song, "Made in America." That's what the message is all about.