John Hawkins | May 28, 2013
“Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.” — Saul Alinsky
Republicans spend too much time complaining about liberals boycotting the advertisers on conservatives’ shows and not enough time doing the same thing to the Left. If movie stars trash conservatives, we should be very publicly telling people we’re not going to their films and we should take credit if they bomb. If a corporate CEO embraces liberalism, don’t buy that company’s products and tell the world why you’re doing it. Let him explain to his board of directors why standing up for gay marriage or abortion was worth losing millions of dollars. Seventy percent of the country is Christian, roughly half the country supports the Republican Party and forty percent of Americans are conservative. There are a lot of businesses, artists and musicians who simply cannot survive without the support of people like us. The only reason they dare to trash us or publicly support people who hate our guts is because we all too often shrug our shoulders and then willingly hand over our money to people who despise us.
When it comes to musicians who attack conservatives, Christians, Republicans, America — or alternately, embrace the Left, don’t give them your money. Don’t buy their albums or their T-shirts and don’t go to their shows. Even if you do like their music, don’t pay for it and don’t talk it up publicly. Fans are oxygen for these people — starve them of it and let other musicians start to worry about the reaction if they go after us.
That’s not unfair; it’s just restoring balance. People who rely on the goodwill of the general public shouldn’t be trashing the people who pay their bills. Artists should be flattered, not outraged when Republican politicians want to use their songs. Conservatives in the music industry shouldn’t be cowed into silence by threats and abuse while liberal musicians smear the conservatives, Christians, Republicans and patriots who buy their records with no repercussions.
Because the musicians have gotten away with doing fundraisers for the Democrats, trashing us without paying a price and generally stepping all over everything we believe in while they trumpet liberalism to the skies, it would take an entire website to catalogue everyone who deserves to be on this list, but here are 10 to start with.
It’s a free country and these musicians can say what they want, but consumers can also spend their money where they want, too. Let some of these musicians start to see the impact of trashing us on their bottom lines and you will be surprised at how fast attitudes will begin to change.
1) “Kill those___ Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives Kill those ____ Yankees who ordered them to torture Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers Kill them all slowly and painfully.” — Psy
2) “My main concern is that (The Tea Party is) really fear-based. What’s coming out of the Tea Party most often, especially if you go onto YouTube, and you see some of the interviews with these people who really don’t even know what the issues are, they’re just swept up in the fear of it and the anger of it. They’re not sure what they’re angry at; they don’t understand what’s happening on Wall Street. They haven’t educated themselves, they’re just upset And I understand that, I’m upset too. But knowledge is power, and anything less than that when it comes to anger can be dangerous.” — Sheryl Crow
3) “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” — The Dixie Chicks on George Bush at a London concert
4) “This presidential election is different than the last one because President Obama has a four year record to run on. Last time around, he carried with him a tremendous amount of hope and expectations. Unfortunately, due to the economic chaos the previous administration left him with, and the extraordinary intensity of the opposition, it turned into a really rough ride. But through grit, determination, and focus, the President has been able to do a great many things that many of us deeply support.
…Right now the opposition’s resort to voter suppression in so many states is not receiving as much attention as it deserves. I believe that all of us, of whatever views, should be opposing these anti-voter, anti-citizen efforts.
Right now, for the President to be effective in his next term he needs our increased support and he needs support in the Congress, where some sterling candidates, such as current Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, challenger Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, and so many others, are fighting to make their constructive voices heard.
…Right now, we need a President who has a vision that includes all of our citizens, not just some, whether they are our devastated poor, our pressured middle class, and yes, the wealthy too; whether they are male or female, black, white, brown, or yellow, straight or gay, civilian or military.” — Bruce Springsteen
5) “No one’s talking about how to keep the other side home on Election Day. It’s a lot easier than you think and it doesn’t cost that much. This election can be won by 200,000 votes. You target (Bush’s) natural constituencies. For example, you can go on all the pro-life chat rooms and say you’re an outraged right-wing voter and that you know that George Bush drove an ex-girlfriend to an abortion clinic and paid for her to get an abortion.” — Kerry supporter Moby explains his unique political strategy — just making things up.” — Moby
6) “I don’t care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama.” — Madonna
7) “House Republicans state firm opposition to any new limits on firearms or ammunition. How much more death will we have at their hands?” — Bette Midler
8) “Republican Super PACs are pounding President Obama and Democratic candidates with millions of dollars of vicious attack ads. And, they could tip the balance of the election for Tea Party extremists. That would be a disaster for America and we can’t let it happen. We must close the funding gap.
That’s why I’m urging you to donate $3 or more to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) today.” — Barbra Streisand
9) “Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that (Paul) Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.” — Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine after Paul Ryan said he was a fan of their band.
10) “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” — Kanye West