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Hit song about Sept 11 truly misses the mark This article is the authors opinion about a controversial song written by Toby Keith in the days following the September 11th attacks on America Julia Keller the author describes Courtesy of the Red White and Blue The Angry American as odious as well as a crude caricature of true American values as it snarls with schoolyard braggadocio and bristles with taunts and threats and coarse language She is saying that this song does nothing but reflect the same ideas as the people who committed the heinous acts of terror on September 11th She compares the silly chest-thumping antics to two other songs written about the same thing just with a different tone The songs Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning by Alan Jackson and American Child by Phil Vassar received a glowing retort from Keller by saying these songs are thoughtful and a starker contrast to Keiths macho bluster She states Do we need to punish those responsible for Sept 11 Of course And were doing that But the idea that the only legitimate response to that terrible day is to become as blind bloodthirsty and bombastic as the terrorists themselves-- the essence of Keiths song-- is insulting Our nation seeks justice not vengeance Keith received much publicity when ABC decided not to feature the song on its Fourth of July special He got to act all dissed and outraged and got himself booked on radio and TV shows to whine about it Keller says She believes it takes men and women of sincere courage to assimilate a tremendous blow like the events of September 11th feel a surpassing grief and then use those emotions as fuel to make wisdom When I read this article I was dumbfounded Apparently the author doesnt know what true patriotism and love for your country is Nor does she know how the majority
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