Rich Lowry

A small parade of 9-11 songs are heard on country stations. Most of them are similar in tone to Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten?" -- "Some say this country's just out looking for a fight/After 9-11 man I'd have to say that's right."

You wouldn't necessarily want U.S. policy-makers to act on this sentiment, but neither would you want to live in a country that didn't sometimes feel it. It too represents a sort of realism, the hard fact that we have to choose between getting murdered by our enemies and aggressively thwarting them.

The Dixie Chicks have instead resorted to the easy artistic pose of righteousness that condemns the country's "warmongering" president without offering any alternative of how to respond to the threats of the post-9-11 world.

It might be that the Dixie Chicks leave the country format altogether, or -- more likely -- that they perversely benefit from their heightened notoriety. In the meantime, they can at least show the willingness to shoulder individual responsibility that is at the heart of


As a famous lyric from the historic country group The Carter Family has it: "Everybody's got to walk that lonesome valley/We've got to walk it by ourselves/There's nobody here can walk it for us/We've got to walk it by ourselves."

Rich Lowry

Rich Lowry is author of Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years .
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