Hank Jr.’s Rowdy Rant Offends DMN Writer

OK, I agree that Hank Williams Jr. shouldn’t have been taking potshots at “queer guitar pickers” during his Sunday show in Fort Worth. But the DMN‘s Thor Christensen is flat wrong writing off Hank’s anti-Obama political rant as mere narrow-mindedness. Sure, the country singer’s a profane, hell-raising redneck–he’d wear the tag proudly, I bet–but his rowdy conservative take on the country’s direction is a legitimate part of the political conversation. Even if it offends progressive city slickers.

Then again, Thor needs to fine-tune his politics-and-country-music understanding in general. He writes, for example, that Merle Haggard is “almost as conservative” as Hank, which ain’t exactly true. The ever-evolving Hag championed Hillary Clinton in ’08. And he has had nice things to say lately about the president. As part of his homework, Thor might want to check out the song “Guns and Religion” by Garland’s great Austin Cunningham. It’s a more artful take on Hank’s basic rural view, recorded awhile ago.


  • Tom

    Nothing legitimate about lies and conveniently forgotten facts. The former applies to Hank Jr., and the latter to Paul Ryan.

  • In all fairness, a lot of conservatives (including this one) supported Hillary in 08. After McCain got the nomination, it was a choice between three Democrats, and she was the best one.

  • I found it interesting that the patriot Hank Jr never served when he could have. It show his chest is as empty as his head.

  • Vseslav Botkin

    Another Glenn Hunter gem for the time capsule.

  • Martin

    “We’ve got a Muslim for a President who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays, and we hate him!”

    Which of this is legitimate part of the political conversation? And, yeah, nothing narrow minded about this, either.

  • todd

    I don’t pay attention to the political viewpoints of those paid to entertain me.

  • Daniel

    Hank Williams Jr. is a “false flag,” planted by the DNC to make Republicans look like a pack of brain-damaged, chest-beating hyenas. Wise up, people. Nobody actually believes that Muslims hate fishing.

  • GMOM

    Remember what happened to the Dixie Chicks, they almost had to go into hiding!! And look who’s in hiding now, W.
    Hank, Jr. would not be famous if he had not had a famous father, didn’t he get in trouble with the NFL for his mouth?
    He should use it for that bad singing he does. Or keep it shut!!

  • Steve

    “…rowdy conservative take on the country’s direction is a legitimate part of the political conversation.” And that is why no one does and no one every will care what Glenn Hunter writes about anything.

    There are plenty of salient political and social points to be made here, as there are ample ways to criticize President Obama without resorting to making stuff up (“he’s a Muslim who hates fishing?” Really?). All of this is totally out of reach of Dallas’ pathetic right-wing stenographer.

    Then again, page views, right?

  • If you thought you just got trolled, wait until Ted Nugent comes back to town.

  • Glenn Hunter

    @Steve: Thanks for caring.

  • Hitler, too, had a rowdy conservative take. Pol Pot? VERY rowdy conservative. Joseph Kony? Rowdy as all hell! Yee-haw!

  • Mo Roney

    Yeah, right, legitimate. Props to Thor for graciously and wisely separating the music from the musician’s pathetic decision to pander to his moron fan base.

  • fred

    I take it he won’t be going on tour with Kenny Chesney.

  • barnefrank4czar

    if you really dont like racism and prejudices start with your own party

    Your Congressional Black Caucus is as good a place to start as any

    Your Democrats who love to keep blacks on welfare ( thats the big government is the answer /solution approach) and keep them with that low self esteem so they can be a voting block for that big government “solution” is racism that drowns out ol Hank by a “country redneck” mile

    Your support of Hate Crime laws is bathed in racism

    you cant have equality unless you treat people equally

    start there

  • Steve Sandwich

    Look up Hank’s song, Dinosaur:

    Hey man them ain’t high heeled sneakers
    And they sure don’t look like cowboy boots
    And that ain’t rock and roll you’re playin’
    And it sure ain’t country or rhythm and blues

    You’re singin’ a song about makin’ love to your drummer
    Well gay guitar-pickers don’t turn me on
    And we don’t all get into Donna summer
    Do you happen to know any old hank Williams songs

    ‘Cause you see I’m a dinosaur
    I should’ve died a long time before
    Have pity on a dinosaur hand me my hat
    Excuse me man but where’s the door

    It used to be I had a lotta fun in this old hangout
    We’d get stoned at the jukebox and stay outta fights
    Now and then we’d light a little smoke in the truck out back
    Aww, then a little old Jim beam and we’d get right….

  • Daniel

    Hitler, too, was “ready for some football.”

  • dlady

    None of your points make any sense. “Legitimate part of the political conversation”? I am betting more than a few conservatives would disagree with you. If you aren’t starting from a basis of facts (and I’m sorry, none of those things are “facts” or have anything to do with policy or character) than your argument is null and void.

    This is the kind of thing that lowers political discourse in this country. It paints all Republicans as racist, redneck idiots and all democrats as “queer”, (I guess…not really sure what his point is).

    The Dallas Morning News didn’t go far enough in eviscerating him, IMO.

  • Glenn Hunter

    Let entertainers like Harry Belafonte call Condi Rice a “house slave,” Bill Maher refer to Sarah Palin as a “c—” and Ellen Barkin hope for all the Republicans to be drowned by Hurricane Isaac, and you basically get radio silence from the enlightened commentariat. But Hank Jr.’s suddenly Satan? Hypocritical and ridiculous, but what else is new …

    • @Glenn Hunter: But no one posted anything about Belafonte or Maher or Barkin because they had nothing to do with Dallas. Thus the radio silence.

  • Steve

    Now that you mention it, it is indeed hypocritical that liberals aren’t allowed to have a “rowdy take” on things.

    And by the way, using “take” to mean “opinion” or “view” in successive paragraphs also sucks, but whatever.

  • Vseslav Botkin

    I can’t wait to watch Glenn dress down an empty chair at the next GOP convention.

  • Glenn Hunter

    @Steve: l’m all for everybody having a “rowdy take” on anything. That’s called free speech. (I actually think Bill Maher is pretty funny sometimes.) Problem is, some people only like free speech when they approve of the ideas expressed. Basic rule of the game is: Stick to the “enlightened” party line on any hot-button topic imaginable, and you’re home free. Go a little rogue (see Hank Jr., the S-T columnist who likened the Canadian Olympics to a Nazi spectacle, etc. etc.) and you’re illegitimate, a moron, over the line, way out of bounds — don’t forget racist! — and you should probably just shut the hell up. It’s pure hypocrisy, happens all the time, and isn’t that hard to see. [Steve, I only used one “take” here!]

  • Aw, but Glenn, isn’t calling the comments and the person making them “illegitimate, a moron, over the line, way out of bounds – don’t forget racist!” also just part of free speech? Getting criticized for your criticisms is par for the course, no?

  • Glenn Hunter

    Michael, you’re absolutely right that spouting off invites criticism, and rightly so. The problem comes when volatile subjective terms like “racist,” “bigot,” “homophobe,” “Hitler,” etc. are thrown around like bombs with a single intent: to shut people up and off and squelch their views because they’re seen as being “out of bounds” and “over the line.” And in the public discourse these days, it’s a fact that the “line” is drawn mainly by the progressive politically correct crowd, for lack of a better term. Just one example from this very blog: When Tincy Miller argued in Austin for including Christmas over the Hindu “festival of lights” in Texas textbooks, she was lambasted by commenters here and nearly likened to a Klan member. “Average” people recognize this bias and hypocrisy, and it’s one reason they distrust the media and other elite opinion-makers.

  • RAB

    Dear Micheal J. Mooney:

    Sure, it’s free speech. What Glenn is trying to say is that the content of the liberal outrage speech is just as deplorable (due to hypocrisy) as Hank Jr.’s speech. The liberal outrage commentators call b.s. on Hank, Jr. We call b.s. on the liberal outrage commentators for being hypocrites. Yay, free speech!

  • I buy that. Liberals can be silly and vulgar and antiquated and insensitive, too, and are sometimes more unaware of it. (As opposed to some conservatives, who know they are insensitive and take pride in it.) People know when they call some action or some person racist (or offensive) that they will likely be attacked for attacking. And calling someone Hitler is as unproductive as defending the content of something just because someone had the right to say it. But of course, sometimes it’s important call something racist racist.