“Bocephus” is in “No Man’s Land”
Recently, Hank Williams, Jr. (nicknamed Bocephus as a child by his legendary father) came under fire when he compared President Obama to WWII Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Williams Jr. stated that President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner playing golf during the recent debt crisis debate was “like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.” Immediately, a wide range of liberal groups denounced his comments. And, when his comments resulted in a disagreement with management at ESPN, he lost his two decade long gig as theme song performer for Monday Night Football (fired, resigned, or a mutual deal – who knows).
I agree with Hank that President Obama and Speaker Boehner should not have played golf as the nation was in a high state of angst over the debt debate. It was just a very bad idea on so many levels. But Hank’s choice of analogy was just as poor, and it exposed him to unnecessary risks.
I liked his message much better in his song “The American Way” from his 1980 album “Habits Old and New” (album cut only, never released as a single). It had one crude line but in it he stood up for working people against the monied interests of country club elitists – the same bunch that is still running the GOP some 31 years after “Bocephus” recorded that song.
Hank is in over his head on this, way over. If he runs for the U.S. Senate, as some speculate he will, he could win based solely on his immense fan base. However, he will certainly face withering fire not only from the Democrats but also from GOP insider power brokers aligned with the country clubbers who still despise him. You see, politics is an insider’s game: it is NEVER about the sound bytes that either side spouts; rather, it is ALWAYS about power and/or money that both parties covet. Hank speaking his mind is great fodder for those of us who agree with him; but he is a threat to the insiders, and they will do all they can to destroy him to neutralize that threat.
Though Hank is a Republican, he is still a man of the people and is just not the country club type. Consequently, I am afraid he is about to learn some more “about the power of the dollar, and the people with white collars, and the good old American way.” To use Bocephus’ own analogy: Like Hitler, he has opened a two front war; he has the donkeys in his face right now, but he best have his head on a swivel for the elephants on his six if he chooses to run for office.
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