We All Hate Obama -- Hank Williams, Jr., Just Had to Remind Us

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The man of the hour.
After today's news that Paul Ryan is a huge Rage Against the Machine fan, we are continuing into the weird vortex of politics and music. And what a strange place it always tends to be.

Yesterday was the Iowa State Fair and, headlining the Midwestern fun in the infamous caucus state, Hank Williams, Jr., was out in full force. The country singer played all his hits - we forgot the names but we assure you that they were some great tracks - and the crowd loved him. Especially after he said some harsh words about the commander-in-chief.

Joe Lawler, a reporter for the Des Moines Register, stood in the crowd and witnessed Hank play a relatively calm show... until the end. Before the show's close, the singer yelled out,

"We've got a Muslim President who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S. and we hate him!"

Whelp.

You know, we have seen the Muslim point (too many times), the military point (does Hank know what a drone is?) and the he-hates-the-entire-country point made before. And we'll even let Hank put words in the mouth of every person living here - don't be fooled by the President's 47% approval rating. But when did Obama become so anti-farm?

Regardless, Lawler reported that the Iowans in the crowd cheered and shouted in response to Hank's bold declaration. But, after almost four years into the Obama Presidency, we have seen this reckless reaction of many Americans to the President; actually, more so than any other living occupier of the White House in modern American history. So the hoots and hollers are not that surprising and the fact that it came from Hank Williams, Jr., isn't either.

This is the same guy who went on Fox News at the end of last year and straight up said that Obama is more or less just Adolf Hitler in disguise. And what a success that was for Hank: immediately after the appearance, ESPN stopped playing a song by his that they used on Monday Night Football for twenty years and counting. But, it's a matter of principle, ya know?

He also told Rolling Stone last month that the President "does a call to the Koran or Mecca or whatever." (We recommend you read the entire thing; his impersonations of Obama are just on point). So, as you can see, he's on a roll or streak or whatever.

Hank's accusations remind us of the incident a few months ago where Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys called Obama a socialist asshole, telling us we're all fucked if we support his policies. We made a bunch of corny Beach Boys references to back it up; you can read them and cringe here.

With everything else in mind, Hank Williams, Jr., and his comments has further proven the notion that the washed-up Baby Boomers of music are extremely hostile towards the President, to the point that they need to tell us how much our lives would suck under Obama's reign. Add Romney spokesperson Kid Rock to the mix and you have yourself a star-studded cast of people with outstanding advisory credentials.

We still want to know when Obama became anti-farm, though.

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djliver1980
djliver1980

If you voted for obama your not a american just like him. Thank you Hank JR. for speaking for millions of too the heart Americans .

djliver1980
djliver1980

If you voted for obama your not american like him. Thanks for speaking for me hank jr.

vito33
vito33

I used to like him. He's a great musician, can play six or seven different instruments, and play all of them well...

 

Why can't entertainers just shut the fuck up and play me a song or make a movie rather than trying to tell me how to vote? Do they think we're all so shallow that we're going to value their political opinions because we like their music? Ted Nugent - Don Henley - Richard Gere - Hank Jr. - - - Fuck 'em.

NativeSonKY
NativeSonKY

It's very easy to tell Organic from GMO and regular farm vegetables and fruit. The bar code of regular food (non-organic, non-GMO) is a simple 4 digit number. If the vegetable or fruit is Organic, it will be a 5 digit number and the first number will be an 8. If it's GMO, it will be a 5 digit number with a 9 at the beginning. Too simple.

gold
gold

The anti-farm is from the fed support of Monsanto which is genetically changing food crops and does not want to tell you  so when you go shopping, you won't know organic from gm crops.  Also, the EPA, Dept of Ag and the Dept of Interior have ramped up their aggression versus farmers to make them sell land to larger agri businesses.  Industrial farming. Politically, that's good because smaller farmers would vote against O. and this way they are punished to the delight of urbanites who then vote for O not  realizing their turn is next with skyrocketing electric bills, worse schools and the death panels for urban elderly.  Upstate NY knows the farming issues, but Manhattan has no idea, nor does it care.  You should think over Ag policy regarding the price of lumber, beef, pork, OJ and soy especially when gas is at a record high.  All that lettuce from the Cali valley gets to Manhattan by using diesel and gas.  You pay for Cali's costs and the taxes on energy (fuel, electric, etc.)  When you shop in Manhattan you pay enormous costs hidden in ag products.  Much of the cost, like a VAT, is tax on energy and taxes on small business.  Alore, you actually do care about ag but don't know it.  Every increase cost of farming is built into your grocery bill as all costs are passed on to consumers.  Why are NYC consumers paying for the defense of Saudi Arabia with NYC treasure and taxes and direct fuel purchases as well as indirect fuel billings (add-ons).  You pay Saud at the pump and when you eat Cali lettuce or Jersey mushrooms and Vidalia onions.  Throw in Iowa Beef.  Bet you're hungry!  That's why it matters. 12 million NYC metropolitan sprawl area people like to eat every day.  That's a lot of energy tax for cost pass through.  So, actually, you do care.  BTW, I never watch ESPN or professional football or baseball anymore. Pretty boring.   I'm a pretty good cook instead.  I know two guys who follow that stuff, but many more who don't care a bit.  My adult kids don't watch it. Oddly, I have enjoyed Hank Sr.'s music in a historical sense, but never had an appreciation for WiIlie, Waylon and the boys.  Best regards to all V V readers.

guest
guest

NO farmers, NO food!  Unlike money, food doesn't grow on trees, ya know!

NativeSonKY
NativeSonKY

Yeah you'll be holding your breath till you die if you're waiting on a bunch of rednecks to get mad over this. There's a few progressives in the bunch but the bulk of them are still wearing sheets and white pointy hoods...just like their heads.

RealOhioan
RealOhioan

Can't wait until country music fans react to these ignorant lies the same way they reacted to the Dixie Chicks mere stating of their own emotional reaction to Bush II's presidency. Not holding my breath though.

1subgenius
1subgenius

I like to cite Hank, Jr. as proof that talent/genius skips a generation. Hank III for the win.

adamscoll
adamscoll

@villagevoice isn't Iowa the Hawkeye state?

mandywarhol
mandywarhol

.@villagevoice @jsuricz Good piece! However, the Buckeye State is not Iowa. It’s actually Ohio.

sunnieM
sunnieM

@villagevoice "anti-Farm". Just look into "pigford" and then look at this DOJ etc actions against farmers.

Chiqee
Chiqee

@villagevoice who's this "we" business?

NativeSonKY
NativeSonKY

I don't think we should lump "all" baby boom musicians together - I know @JacksonBrowne is an Obama supporter and his music is actually worth listening to!

gold
gold

Big Ag grows soy, corn and wheat.  We eat soy in salad dressing, cereal, Chinese cooking, Italian cooking, etc.  We eat beef that eats/fattens on feed made from corn/wheat. Pork, when not devouring deceased Chicage gangsters, eats the same feed cereal crops.  High Frustose and low frustose comes from corn and is in your ketchup and peanut butter. Wheat goes to flour and is in your bread, gravy and hand cream.  Sheep eat cereal crops and anything else laying around.  You may eat their meat or wear (and absorb) their lanolin.  Soy, wheat and corn is on you and in you every day.  Take a look at the labels.  GM or natural?  Eat whole wheat bread or pasta for health reasons - is it gm or natural?  Open the fridge and the review the pantry.  How much gm are you eating?  You may be safer to eat the box the cereal comes in, but that's modern life.  No label tells you, no bar code tells you.  Google genetically modified corn and see what it involves.  BTW, most farmers are quite familiar with this and the fed loves it (campaign dough).  You might also Google map the American Pharma Association's address on the Mall in DC.  A neighboir is the fed.  They are not on K street. Remember O's promise for transparency and no more lobbyists at the White House?  Guess where the big fed deficit money went?  Ever hear of any foreclosures on Martha's Vineyard?  Guess who wrote the health bill? Now for the real downer.  If you enjoy specific wines you probably know that grapes require certain amounts of  water, soil ph, etc.  They require fertilizer.  So the growers use "organic" fertilizer which came from farm animals for the right acidity or they go chemical to Potash Corp.  Guess what the animals rendering organic fert have been eating, which thus passes into the wine?  Fear not, we are all full of micro bits of teflon from the finish on pots and pans.  You and I both have no idea what we are really eating when we use any prepared or chained products from the best home made bread to the wildest thai heat: soy corn wheat is everywhere sans label ID. Take a look at the contents of your toothpaste: sorbitol, cellulose gum, lactose monohydrate, etc.  See?

Al_Swearengen
Al_Swearengen

 @gold Ever hear of a fucking paragraph?  You just need to hit "Enter" twice.

 

As for the rest of it, yeah, the world would be better off with only organic food.  Only about half of humanity would starve due to the lower yields.

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