Country music veteran
The throng of heartland Americans cheered enthusiastically.
As bizarre as such comments are, Williams has not gone quite as far as another musician, Dave Mustaine, lead singer for the heavy metal band Megadeth. At a recent concert in Singapore, Mustaine made the claim that Obama staged the shootings at the Batman movie in Colorado and the Sikh temple in Wisconsin as a pretext to institute a ban on guns in America. Mustaine makes Williams almost look genteel.
Williams long ago killed off thousands of brain cells with booze and a wide menu of drugs, so it may be that he actually believes Obama is a Muslim who despises America, the military, farmers and probably Mom and apple pie. We can assume Mustaine has also gorged on illicit pharmaceuticals, so he may not comprehend that his allegation about Obama's complicity in the recent massacres is not only insane, it is obscene.
But what about the people who cheer for them? For those people, there seems to be a curious satisfaction derived from hating the president. Rationality and factuality have nothing to do with it.
Obama is hardly the first president to become an object of vitriol and revulsion. Long before his presidency and the Watergate scandal, liberals loathed
Passions were less pronounced about
Many will argue that the hatred has everything to do with the color of Obama's skin. Unquestionably, race is a factor for some people, but the phenomenon is bigger and broader than that.
Hank Williams Jr. is really typical of a large number of Americans who simply do not like how the country has changed. (One of his songs is a nostalgic tribute to the Old Confederacy built around the lyric, "If the South would've won, we'd have had it made.") In the minds of folks like Hank – addled by talk radio tirades, apocalyptic evangelism and Internet fabrications – Obama has been morphed into a creature who embodies everything they believe is wrong with the urban, multiracial, feminized, gay-tolerant, secular society America has become.