Queen, the Rolling Stones and other geriatric rock groups have been complaining about Republicans in general and Donald Trump in particular using their music at campaign-related functions.
Now comes a report that Justin Bieber turned down $5 million to perform in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. Among the restrictions: He couldn’t say anything bad about the GOP or Trump. He reportedly said “I can’t be bought”–at least by Republicans.
I’ve often wondered why the family values party embraces groups that celebrate drugs, sex and rock ‘n’ roll–vices the children of good Republicans are supposed to reject. This seems even more strange when you realize the party’s greatest strength is in the South, the birthplace of country music.
Unlike their rock brethren, many country performers embrace Republican candidates and have recorded songs over the years that celebrate patriotism and family values. You never got that from Jerry Garcia or Slash.
If the Repubs used country music at their events, the creators would probably say they were proud their music was chosen instead of complaining that is was chosen. And there are more than a few country songs that could help advance the Republican agenda.
Take “I’m Heading Your Way Jose,” a 2002 ditty that complains about lazy “aliens” from south of the border. Perfect for Trump’s next photo-op along the Texas-Mexico border.Want to complain about the low-paying jobs that replaced the ones shipped overseas? “Take This Job and Shove It” is perfect.
Football and religion are big in the South and “Drop Kick Me Jesus Through the Goal Post of Life” covers both in one song. Don’t like Muslims? There’s “A-hab the A-rab,” which was also a Top 40 hit.
Patriotic themes are covered in songs like “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s A Flag” and “Bumper of My SUV.” If you want to comment on dope-smoking, anti-military scum, the classic “Okie From Muskogee” is hard to beat.
Best of all, this music is most popular with those poorly educated Americans Trump claims to love.