I’m beginning to think that it was ungrateful of the Republicans not to nominate Mitt Romney; Republicans owe the Mormons a lot. First of all, they owe them for taking over the Boy Scouts and securing it as a homophobic institution. The church also populates the FBI and helps feed that particular paranoid right wing nuttery mindset. They made it okay for non-Catholic Christians to display giant families. They preceded Jack Abramhoff in exploiting Native Americans and the party in general in racism towards black people.
But above all, they have borrowed the Mormon tradition of baptizing the dead. The latest victim? Johnny Cash, who was defended by his daughter Roseanne Cash against the diabolical resurrection by some asshole musician named John Rich.
Rich, appearing at recent rally for McCain, reportedly said, “Somebody’s got to walk the line in the country. They’ve got to walk it unapologetically. And I’m sure Johnny Cash would have been a John McCain supporter if he was still around.”
Roseanne Cash wrote, “It is appalling to me that people still want to invoke my father’s name, five years after his death, to ascribe beliefs, ideals, values and loyalties to him that cannot possibly be determined, and to try to further their own agendas by doing so.
“This is especially dangerous in the case of political affiliation. It is unfair and presumptuous to use him to bolster any platform.”
You have to sympathize with the McCain campaign for this move. After all, they got rejected by ABBA, and after something like that, you start to consider expanding past the living for a musician to support your cause. But Johnny Cash is quite the overreach. Then again, these are the people that have the audacity to claim the Martin Luther King would have sided with them, so it’s not like shame puts any kind of constraint on their behavior.
The irony of this is that McCain is running a campaign that leans heavily on the idea that those damn hippies with their long hair and bell bottom jeans are ruining this country. Cash wasn’t, no matter how much some of the reactionary country types would like to believe otherwise, a hippie hater—on the contrary. No, really. I’m serious. Not that any of these performances indicate anything about political inclination, but I do think the irony is pretty sweet.
God, John Fogerty was ugly even in his youth.
Obviously, the invocation of a country legend is about perpetuating this culture war situation, where the Us side of the line are the upright white patriotic Americans and the Them side of the line are loose women, hippies, and non-white people. The problem with that strategy is that Us is a dwindling group, but Them have kind of taken over. A lot of people on the right side of the line are fans of that hippie rock music, and they must suffer some cognitive dissonance every time their tastes are held up as everything wrong with America.