View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sean Hannity's tin ear: Independence Day

I was flipping the radio dial the other day and came across Sean Hannity's show. It was beginning as usual with Martina McBride's "Independence Day."

Then it hit me.

That's a song about an abused woman burning down her house, with the implication that her abusive drunken husband was in it. Then their daughter gets sent off to the county home - either because mom is in jail or dead in the home too.

Oh, the chorus is nice. Real stirring. Let freedom ring.

Like a fire alarm.

Is this the values message that Hannity wants to share? Abuse. Arson. Possible murder. A child bereft of parents and so living on public charity.

It reminded me of the 1984 Presidential campaign when President Reagan's people wanted to use "Born in the USA." Great chorus. But it's as if they didn't listen to the bitter lyrics. The irony of that chorus got lost along the way.

Sprinsteen balked at that one.

So maybe Hannity has a tin ear.

Or maybe he doesn't care.
It's all about appearances, really. Not reality.


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