Sunday, July 09, 2006

Fifty Conservative rock songs

Two weeks ago, the National Review published John J. Miller's list of fifty Conservative rock songs. Well, mostly rock songs, with a few pop or country thrown in for good measure.

Now, some folks have taken this as demonstrating the sheer unadulterated gall of Miller for misrepresenting politically liberal, and even radical, songs as conservative. Others have suggested that perhaps he's just stupid and doesn't understand the songs -- some of those songs even use irony and sarcasm. It has been suggested by many people that he's guilty of cherry-picking lyrics out of context. And a very few have pointed out that Conservatives don't have a monopoly on (for example) the love for freedom.

A few have wondered about Miller's failure to include The Kinks' Young Conservatives. And what about Bruce Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A.? At least Jon Swift includes Born In The U.S.A. as his #2 choice, behind only Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry, Be Happy. Now there is a Conservative who gets it.

But the burning question that keeps me awake at nights is, how could Miller have missed Hulk Hogan's Real American?

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