Veterans For Biden-Harris

Of the endless horrible and beyond vile things Trump has said over the years, his constant denigration and mockery of our most worthy veteran heroes and our military has to be the worst. Please help me honor them on behalf of our support of VP Biden and Senator Harris. Help me do what Trump and the Republicans never would. Republicans talk a big talk. They wrap themselves in the flag more than anyone. They proclaim only they are patriots. But their actions always fall way short of their bluster.

In a trillion years, I could have NEVER fathomed that it would be this tough to simply garner support and honor our most worthy veteran heroes in a fun and classy manner as I have proposed for so many years. I just have no answers!

As with millions of other Americans, I am a victim of the Trump regime. With a lot more evil to come with the extreme shift to the radical right in the Supreme Court.

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This is literally the most important election in the history of the United States!  The vile cretin in the White House has to go!


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The final and most important debate in history takes place in Nashville-Music City in late October. Music City is of course globally renowned as the home of country music. It is the home base for the debate in the final stretch to this most historic election. My dream was to put together an amazing event to honor our most worthy veteran heroes in support of and on the behalf of VP Biden and Senator Harris in Nashville/Music City around the last debate. But my biggest challenge has always been trying to garner support to fund my massive project. As well as the help I would need on the ground in Nashville. But there is still time to do both if I can get support for both asap.

If you love our military and have great disdain for how absolutely atrocious Trump has been to our military, our veterans, and to America in general, then you are my kind of people. And I greatly need your help so we can do something historic, beautiful and powerful with love, honor and goodwill in mind.


I need 10,000+ military/veteran loving Americans to donate $20 or more please.  It may not be much to you, but it will literally change my life! I will have achieved a dream. And thousands of our most worthy veteran heroes and active duty soldiers will be honored in a very classy fashion like never before. 

We can honor VP Biden's son Beau. As well as all of your veteran loved ones and active military members  all the same. For what I want to do honors them all past and present.

Few things are more powerful than music. To me and millions like me, that music is country music. Country music is the most patriotic music genre there is.  Nothing tells a greater story then country music. It is the soundtrack of America. It literally tells the stories of so many American veterans and our military in general. So whether you like country music or not, this is all about honoring our most worthy veteran heroes.

51470774_1601545197368655_r.jpegI am an artisan handcrafter of premium one of a kind country music themed hero frames of honor. I want them all to be gifted to our most worthy veteran heroes in honor of their service to our great country. More on that below.

"Country music comes from right in here, this heart and soul that we all have. It’s great music that really hits us, because we’re all human. Country music is the voice of the human race." - Garth Brooks

Funding and having this shared everywhere to garner the support I need are my two biggest challenges. To fund my entire life's body of work over the past many years. Please help me find all of these people in America asap.


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help this massively struggling lifelong liberal-Democrat-activist. There is massive amount of information here. It is the only way I know how to do things. Brevity is not my strong suit. But details are.  PLEASE take 10 minutes and review it all. PLEASE make this go viral. Time is of the essence. We can spread so much love, honor and goodwill in a very classy way like never before. Something Trump would NEVER do. Nor ever care about doing so. Because Cadet Bone Spurs, the ego maniacal narcissistic lunatic thinks HE should be the one being honored here. 

Yet again, Trump was an unhinged lunatic in the first presidential debate worse than ever! And he mocked VP Biden's son's as well. Just beyond vile! 

I am in the fight of my life on many accounts. All I have ever tried to do for so many endless years is to spread love, honor and goodwill through my works. I have tried a million things. But my main focus has always been to honor our most worthy veteran heroes in a unique and classy way. You will see my massive commitment here and all I have done and tried to no avail. 

So now I come to you, the Democrats. The true party of the common man. And anyone else who has had enough of Trump's lunacy! Republicans, Independents and any and all new voters who cannot stand Trump and his evil, please help. Even if you can't totally wrap your head around what I want to do, your gracious donation goes to honoring a veteran hero that Trump never would. That is what this is all about. 

Garth Brooks called country music the voice of the common man's soul.

Far more than ad buys, optics are everything for a campaign in the home stretch. OPTICS OPTICS and more OPTICS to go viral with in a tangible way. As noted, I had hoped to do something surrounding the debate in Nashville/Music City for the Biden/Harris campaign. As well as for veteran Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath from neighboring Kentucky. For Mitch McConnell needs to go as bad as Trump does. Two extremely power hungry and evil men! 

Everyone by now has election and  campaign ad fatigue. Any sane person has had Trump fatigue for many decades now. The average American hates politics and campaign ads to begin with. They need to see something real. Something visceral. Something tangible. Something they can relate to. Honoring our most worthy veteran heroes in a musical fashion is something everyone can relate to. Music is so beyond powerful! This is what I have wanted to do for so many years. If I could get immediate funding and help on the ground in Music City, I can still do it.

If not, after my project is funded, we still can do all of this when all of this COVID crap settles down. Once not having to work on funding, I will have the time to set up a historic event hopefully with progressive country music stars and much more. I have so much detailed below on that aspect. After VP Biden and Senator Harris are elected, we can have a historic event in Music City next year. That is what this GoFundMe campaign is all about. As well as my very pressing personal issues that are directly related to it.

My Music City hero frames of honor are to be emblematic of what the city is globally known for, country music. To honor Music City's heroes in a Music City way in support of VP Biden and Senator Harris' support of our veterans. But country music is beloved nationwide. It is the largest music genre in America. It would be amazing to have veterans from all over the country to come to Music City to be honored by then President Biden and VP Harris. 


Trump was of course disgusting and vile beyond words again with the story coming out that the cretin said that Americans that died in war are losers and suckers. And that he didn't want wounded soldiers attending his military parade because no one wants to see that. We all know he said it. It is who he is, a vile cretin!

"My fucking generals are a bunch of pussies." - Donald Trump

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As per protocol, no elected Republicans  who blindly support Trump have even come out to address or even defend Trump saying the losers and suckers comments about war dead. Because they just don't care. But if they did, they would want us to believe Trump would never say something like that. 


Wait, you mean the guy that got into public arguments with Gold Star families, ignored Russian bounties on service members, dodged the draft, prefers bases named after Confederates, pardoned war criminals, and told a soldier's widow that her slain husband "knew what he was getting into" doesn't care about the military?

On top of calling John McCain a loser many times. And that he prefers his heroes not being captured.

“He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

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John McCain's widow Cindy McCain said: "My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden.


"Joe and I don't always agree on the issues, and I know he and John certainly had some passionate arguments, but he is a good and honest man. He will lead us with dignity," she said. "He will be a commander in chief that the finest fighting force in the history of the world can depend on, because he knows what it is like to send a child off to fight."
 
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The caption to the photo below from Tammy Duckworth said: Plain and simple, Donald Trump has gone 80 days without condemning Putin for putting reported bounties on our troops. That is unforgivable!

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Trump's vile words and actions are very personal to me. I have a large history of proud military service with my family. My dad, grandpa, great uncle, numerous uncles, friends and family friends. 

And of course my cousin who was killed in Vietnam the year before I was born. Here I am tracing his name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in 2013. It was a very powerful moment indeed!

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My cousin is buried a few blocks from my house.

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The bottom of the meme above said: You betray everything we stood for by supporting Trump.

A little background on who I am and how I got here.

My dream has always been to do something very major through my works to honor our most worthy veteran heroes.

As noted, I am an artisan handcrafter. I love country music and music in general. It took me some time, but 15 years ago my journey started when I finally became a proud CMA – Country Music Association voting member. It has been all downhill since. 

My frames of honor have never been intended for just simple merchandising. These are not Music City souvenir trinket type items. They are arduously handcrafted classy frames of honor. They are pieces of art. Willie Nelson’s General Store in Music City/Nashville said they are boutique quality.

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In 2014 I had to quit FedEx due to health problems. I lost my health insurance through the ACA years ago because of the evil Trump Administration. The meme above describes me. I have pre-existing conditions. With all of my  setbacks, I am majorly way behind on everything. I am in the fight of my life on many levels. I get zero assistance of any kind. I just have always tried to make work what I have been trying to do for so very long to keep me afloat. Trump only paid $750 in taxes. But it is people like me and you that literally pay for the evil of men like Trump and those who support his evil!

After FedEx I then started out on my dream of handcrafting country music themed hero frames of honor to do amazing things through and for country music in support of our military and veterans. But the very conservative business side of the music industry is beyond vile! VILE just like Trump! It is all about $$$! I could write a million thousand page novels detailing all of what I have been through with the music industry, the overpaid CEO driven corporate world and everywhere else!

To put it in perspective, billionaire Mark Cuban on the Shark tank has said on 3 separate episode that he avoids pitches to the music industry like the plague. If he can’t make stuff happen, however could I? But I don’t know how to give up. And by not doing so, my life has literally been destroyed!

The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. But they would never ever work with the little guy in a million years to do many things they have never done or couldn’t. And I was even a CMA member! It has all literally destroyed my life while simply trying to do honorable and charitable things through my works.

These frames have consumed 6 1/2 years of my life alone. I have always believed that supporting our military and veterans should always be apolitical. So being that country music has always been a bastion of conservative everything, I have tried to work with thousands of conservatives to achieve my dream. But with all of them, it is just lip service with zero action. They are not interested in helping the little guy honor our veteran heroes unless it helps them. There is no bang for their buck working with me. Yet the reward for them is being a part of what I am trying to do. But they don't see it that way. Because it is all just about money and what they get out of it. Just like Trump!

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The sheer volume of conservative billionaires, corporations, country music artists and so many more that I have contacted over the many years is almost equal to the amount of lies that come out of Trump! They just do not care!

Honoring Charlie Daniels and our military through my works is just one of the endless examples. I of course hated Charlie's brand of politics. But there were three main aspects about his life that I can totally relate with. He loved the Lord, America and our military. He was a fervent supporter of our military and veterans. Being an open minded liberal and supporting our military and veterans that should always be apolitical, I have tried for months to work something out all the same as I am trying to do here with countless conservatives in the many years previous. All to no avail. 

Many country music artists do great things for the USO and other great military/veteran organizations. But I can't get past the conservative gatekeepers to get to them. As noted, the business side of the music industry is beyond vile! But the vast majority of the artists I speak of here would never be a part of me supporting the Biden-Harris ticket with what I want to do anyway.

Country music is of course as noted, been a bastion of conservative everything from the beginning. But that has all changed because a lot to do with the hatred for Trump. There are endless liberal artists who cannot stand Trump. I have no access to them either. But if I can fund my Music City hero frames of honor, I can work on that aspect when word gets out hopefully.

Below are my classy Music City - country music hero frames of honor.

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My father proudly served during the Korean War. You can see my passion for what I want to do. This picture shows my dedication to what I have done. The picture is the American flag that was on my dad's casket and given to my mom at his funeral. The shells are from his 21 gun salute. And the little lion figurine that I gave my dad when I was very young. It says - Dad You're Grrreat! I was on the local news in regard to an event I set up to support our local Honor Flight chapter.

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I was on our local radio show promoting my event as well. Mike McFeely was one of our local liberal champions in an extremely conservative part of the country. That being my beloved but extremely backwards and politically embarrassing state of North Dakota of which I have called home my entire life.

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My journey started 15 years ago. Below are a few pictures of just a fraction of my frames that I have  handcrafted over the past 6 1/2 years. I want them all to be gifted to our most worthy veteran heroes in honor of their service to our great country. Trophies are boring. These are classy and purposeful frames of honor. For veterans to literally frame their memories in.

Just think of President Biden and VP Harris with various progressive country music stars on hand in Music City honoring our most worthy veteran heroes! Conservatives heads would explode! The city of Nashville itself is liberal like most big cities. But the industry that makes it famous is very conservative! And the vast majority of the country music artists have always been conservative. Until now! As it is stated below, Nashville/Music City is an island of Democratic blue in a sea of Republican red.

A huge Democratic Music City fundraiser/concert/bbg/dinner/gala could be put on in support of the 2022 campaign cycle with my frames being the catalyst to the event. I have endless ideas I have wanted to do over the many years. And you can all make it happen.

I have tried endlessly to honor the victims of America's worst mass shooting at the country music festival in Las Vegas. To have high profile events to take on the NRA. They even have a subdivision called NRA Country because guns are so popular and important to the country music culture.

It would be a dream to do something with the amazing Kacey Musgraves! The LGBTQ Queen of Country. I have endless powerful ideas to tie in with my frames as the catalyst to whatever it may be. My frames have always been mini progressive billboards. 


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Honoring our most worthy veteran heroes is all I cared about doing. Republicans have taken so much from me, I figured if I could get them to fund my frames, I get something back from them, and my frames are funded to honor our veterans all the same. But the joke is always on me and people like me. You can't beat Republicans and conservatives in terms of getting money out of them. Because it is all they care about. 

This is just a mere fraction of the endless stories I can tell you. Just a fraction! I am the most tenacious sumbitch you will meet. But I have been tapped out long ago with all that I have going on. So I come to you.

Fisher Sand & Gravel of North Dakota where I live was just on 60 Minutes on Sunday September 27th. In regard to their sham of a wall on the US-Mexico border. Of how there was obviously and not surprisingly a lot of corruption with North Dakota's Senator Cramer in helping them win the over 2 billion dollar taxpayer funded contracts to build the wall that is already falling down.

A couple years ago there was a new country music festival started in North Dakota. So I was trying to find sponsors to fund my frames so I could honor our veterans in a classy way at a new fun country music event in my home state.  I was trying to help them. The owners of the festival are pure trash as well. They got a sample frame out of me, led me on and then ghosted me out. I never brought politics into the equation when dealing with them. Just merely wanted to honor North Dakota's veterans no matter their political leanings. For I am apolitical when honoring them. As all should be. The enemies of the United States have no clue if they are shooting at a Democrat or a Republican in war.

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So I figured I would reach out to some huge North Dakota companies that would like to help me honor our veterans in a unique and classy way. I contacted Fisher Sand and Gravel tons of times. No answer. Charlie Daniels was going to be in the area. So since I knew they were massively conservative, I said maybe we could work something out with them and Charlie. Since Charlie loved our military so much. As noted, no answer. They were too busy counting their $$$ from the crooked contracts they won from praising Trump endlessly on Fox News.

One of our most powerful non elected politicians in North Dakota is Oklahoma oil tycoon Harold Hamm. He has stolen billions of dollars out of North Dakota. Destroyed our state and the property taxes have skyrocketed because of the North Dakota massively stacked Republican legislature. Because they have done everything they can to ensure Harold and endless other out of state oil companies pay as little taxes as possible. Sounds just like Trump with his taxes finally coming out.

Anyway, I mailed a sample frame to Oklahoma with a nice letter. The frame came back all busted up with an extremely  rude and unprofessional - WE ARE NOT INTERESTED - crudely written on the back of the letter with a Sharpie. I never included politics in with them. I simply asked since they do so much business in ND if they would help me honor our veteran heroes here in ND. Because tons of veterans work in the oil patch in western ND. 

I sent a sample frame to our billionaire North Dakota governor. He was not interested. I have contacted our two Republican Senators to see if they would like to be a part of my project on a personal basis. No answer. One Senator is extremely wealthy in the millions. Our former Congressman Berg was one of the wealthiest members of Congress. No one was interested.

I sent a frame to Texas to Kelcy Warren of Energy Transfer Partners. He is a billionaire who was behind the very controversial XL Pipeline here in North Dakota. He even has his own folk/country music festival in Texas. It couldn't get more perfect for what I wanted to do. Endless follow up emails all to no avail. He pumps billions of dollars out of my state. Pocket change to all of these men. But none are interested in helping me honor our veterans in a classy way at fun events for the veterans.

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I sent a frame to Bass Pro Shops founder and billionaire Johnny Morris. He is a huge supporter of Trump and Republican everything. Like I said, if I can pull it off, my project of love, honor and goodwill wins. I don't care where the backing comes from Republican or Democrat. Not interested of course. 

I sent a frame to Weathertech founder and billionaire David MacNeil. A huge supporter of Republicans and Trump in the beginning. Endless follow up emails. No answer.

I sent a frame to billionaire owner of ABC Supply, Diane Hendricks. A massive supporter of Republican everything. ABC Supply even sponsors country music artist Lee Greenwood. What I propose couldn't be more perfect. But nope! No one is going to work with the little guy without the fancy company or title behind him.

I sent a frame to billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones. Country music is king in Texas. Country music, cowboys and Texas go hand in hand. No answer.

I sent a frame to Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Not interested.

I can't even remember how many Texas Republican oil tycoons I have sent frames to. Not interested.

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I even went as far as sending a frame to a President of the United States. That being President George W. Bush. I am proud of doing so. I of course never ever agreed with him on virtually anything. I figured he started so many wars, he might be interested in my project of honoring our veterans. I have really grown to like him as a former president out of office. The Bush family loves country music. And it is king in Texas as I have said. I did get a very nice letter a few months later saying that President Bush is grateful for the sentiment that prompted my request. But pursuant to longstanding policy, President Bush does not endorse or contribute to individual projects.

I have contacted the billionaire owners of Uline, Liz and Richard Uihlein. They pump countless millions of dollars into Republican everything. Not interested. 

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I have contacted more people in Tennessee then I could ever remember. As noted, I have tried to honor our veterans and military in honor of Charlie Daniels fervent support of our military. I have contacted endless Tennessee companies that support the GOP.  I contacted the Chair of the Tennessee Republican Party. Republican Bill Hagerty who is running for Senate that Trump endorsed. I emailed every single member of the Republican Tennessee legislature. I even emailed the RNC numerous times to contact Ronna Romney McDaniel. All the way to the top I went. No answer on any of them.

I would never want to help any of these Republicans politically. But if I could have gotten money out of them, I win. And our military and veterans are honored all the same. I contacted most of the Republican political people to prove a point that they wouldn't help. I never sent any of them frames. Because I knew they would never help.

There are sooooo many more people I have contacted or sent a frame to. I did this obviously to try and get their help and support. But it also proves that they just do a lot of talking as all phony Republicans do. They do not care about honoring our veterans in the slightest!

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My frames can be in honor of the amazing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as well. She was a feminist icon and fierce advocate for gender equality, argued multiple landmark cases to advance to rights of women in the military. It is fitting that she is buried at the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. She is of course a feminist icon. 

Dolly Parton is a feminist icon as well. 

“She was small in stature, but even the tallest looked up to her. Her voice was soft but her message rang loud and clear and will echo forever,” Parton wrote. “Thank you, RBG. Rest In Peace. Respectfully, Dolly Parton.”

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Hillary Clinton is a feminist icon. I handcrafted one of a kind Forever Hillary/Pride/Unity/Love trumps Hate frames. Which now are impeachment frames. For without the previous rigged election with Russian collusion, Wikileaks hacks, Comey and so much more, Hillary would be president. Hence, forever Hillary and never Trump!

I have great ideas with these very unique feminist frames of honor as well. 

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Most GoFundMe pages are health related. Mine is as well in terms of where I started and where I am still today. I lost my health insurance with the ACA years ago. So now I just don't go to the doctor for all that ails me and of which has gotten much worse. And my pathetic massively Republican backed state opted out of the ACA marketplace years ago to begin with. I love North Dakota because it is home. But it is one of the most politically embarrassing states in America!

I have multilevel degenerative disc disease and also sclerosis of my vertebrae. It is hard to walk most days without massive pain. I am crooked and an S in the mirror most days. The constant headaches and dizziness with my screwed up neck is another issue. My knees go out all the time. I also had numerous CAT scans years ago because of my stomach problems that plagues my entire family. It revealed other stuff. Like cysts on the pole to my kidney. I had an ultrasound for them. But I haven't been able to follow up with anything since. I had severe side effects from CIPRO poisoning from my two ER visits years ago. I still believe a lot of what I ail from today comes from that. As noted, I lost my health insurance a couple of years ago. I get no assistance of any kind. I just don’t go to the doctor anymore. Everything I dealt with in terms of my health has gotten much worse.I need to go to the doctor. I have major problems from my previous health problems and my many other setbacks from everything I have detailed in terms of a financial matter. It all goes hand in hand. 

I'm physically exhausted every day. And I am physically exhausted from being emotionally exhausted. It is soul crushing to chase ghosts every day for so very long. While dealing with all of the other daily pitfalls of life that are related to everything I detailed here. It is crushing to never feel well while trying to be creative and having to do the business side of this all. When there just is never an upside unless I can get the public to help now. It is soul crushing to stare at so much inventory on a daily basis of which is only there to do good things with. Knowing that most of my problems could be solved if I could just garner the help to turn my frames of honor into the country gold they were always intended for. That is why I need your huge support to get the ball rolling by supporting my GoFundMe campaign. The frames took forever to handcraft. While doing so, I would chase ghosts to try and garner support. But when it never happened, I got way behind with all of my problems. Once I got so behind from chasing ghosts for so long, there is no catching up unless I can fund my many years of work on my frames. And then COVID hit! It just couldn't get any worse!

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Country music used to be the bastion of conservative everything. There has always been a handful of liberal mavericks like Willie Nelson. And many others that kept quiet in the very conservative industry that is country music. But today, there are endless country music artists that have loudly voiced their opinions because of their dislike for Trump, or because of all the insanity that has happened under his watch. This is just a fraction of the artists and their voices. It would be so amazing to get some of them onboard to do something historic with everything I have detailed above.

From an article: For decades, country music has been a place where artists and industry pros have kept any progressive political or social views to themselves, ever careful not to anger the genre's traditionally conservative fans.

As Dolly Parton put it in a recent interview on ABC’s "Nightline": She “learned a long time ago, keep your damn mouth shut if you want to stay in show business.”

But suddenly, country music is not keeping its mouth shut. Recent months have seen major artists and industry leaders speak out about gay rights and race issues, gun control and sexual harassment in the industry. 

And they appear to be gaining some measure of traction, as evidenced last week when the selection of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to the Country Music Association Foundation board brought a backlash from some in the industry who decried his stances on LGBT and gun issues. Huckabee immediately resigned.

I contacted Mike Huckabee in regard to honoring our veterans and Charlie Daniels. Because they were such close friends. No answer of course.

“A lot of people are like, ‘Stay out of politics,’ ” said T.J. Osborne of the rising country rockers Brothers Osborne. “I don’t care if you agree with me or not or I agree with you or not, we should all be involved in politics because it affects every single one of us. That’s the beautiful thing in this country; we have the ability to have individual opinions and voice them. We want to take advantage of that.”

The list of artists who've taken to social media or otherwise espoused potentially controversial views includes many big names. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Brothers Osborne, Cam, Jennifer Nettles, Kacey Musgraves, Meghan Linsey and Katie Armiger have all waded, by varying degrees, into social commentary on polarizing current events.

A month later, the CMA took heat from the media after asking reporters to avoid questions about the Las Vegas shooting, gun rights or political affiliations on its annual awards show red carpet, or risk losing their credentials and being escorted by security off the premises. None other than the show's co-host, Paisley, pushed back, calling the restrictions "ridiculous and unfair." They were quickly rescinded. 

During the show, Paisley and co-host Underwood let loose on President Donald Trump with a parody of Underwood’s hit “Before He Cheats,” titled “Before He Tweets," that lampooned the commander in chief's penchant for social media.

"And it's fun to watch, yeah, that's for sure, 'til little Rocket Man starts a nuclear war, and then maybe next time he'll think before he tweets," the song went.

The Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School brought more calls for action from a host of singers, including Cam, Brothers Osborne and Nettles.

Nettles tweeted. More than anything else, people who want to hurt as many innocent children as they can, use guns to do it. I wonder how long it will take our government to do anything at all. I wonder how loudly the voices of every mother in this country can scream til they do.

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Speaking out, however, comes with risk.

Maren Morris, one of country's fastest-rising stars, also spoke out after the Florida shooting, describing as "an inspiration" Emma Gonzalez, the Stoneman Douglas senior who emerged as one of the leaders in a national student-led push to combat gun violence.

Commenters on her Instagram post accused her of being a "snow flake" and suggested Morris was "going the way of the Dixie Chicks."

Indeed, getting "Dixie Chicked" has become a verb in the country music lexicon in the years since the multiplatinum-selling country trio by that name spoke out against President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. Consequences were swift and lasting. Country music’s conservative fan base revolted. Radio stations stopped playing their songs and they were thrust into exile. Natalie Maines of The Chicks of course has lambasted country radio and the industry for their massive hypocrisy in supporting Trump and his evil. And how endless conservative country music singers can support and say whatever they want with zero repercussion. Most of them proudly supporting the evil Trump.

The Chicks episode had a lasting affect on the industry.

Former country singer and "The Voice" runner-up Meghan Linsey said, as she set out to begin a career in music, she was sent to media training before the recording studio.

A decade later, she remembers the first thing she was told was “not to say anything about anything controversial.”

Yet, in a show of unity with then-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest against police discrimination, Linsey took a knee after singing the national anthem at Nashville's Nissan Stadium before a Tennessee Titans game. Now 32, the singer said she knelt because she wanted to be an ally to people who didn’t look like her. The gesture earned her death threats.

“I feel like I did the right thing," she told The Tennessean later that month. "I don’t have any regrets.

On the issue of career risk associated within speaking out, Brothers Osborne, Linsey and Nettles see eye to eye: They’re not worried. Linsey said that many of the people who initially attacked her for her views on social media eventually apologized and they were able to have a dialogue. John Osborne of Brothers Osborne pointed out that he and brother T.J. came from nothing and they aren’t afraid to go back to nothing.

“The last thing you want to be as an artist is a sellout,” T.J. Osborne said. “Speaking up, for any artist, is more selfless than selfish. We only have something to lose by doing it. We’re simply trying to speak up for the people in this demographic who don’t have a voice.”

To be sure, many country artists are still hesitant to share their views publicly. Nettles hopes that will change. She believes those who live in fear of permanently alienating their fan base aren’t giving country listeners enough credit.

“Don’t … be afraid of the fans because of what we learned from the Dixie Chick syndrome,” she said. “Trust that if (you) provide and offer an invitation to (your) fans to engage in intelligent and respectful conversation that they can do it.”

From another article:

Honesty is country’s currency. Poll any artist about what they most admire about country music and the genre’s authenticity will top the list. But to prize truth in art and not speak yours in real life presents an indefensible hypocrisy.

Thankfully some Nashville artists had the bravery to voice their support for those who marched this weekend. Cam took to Facebook to personally engage with fans who were dismayed by her endorsement of the Women’s March, while Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Margo Price and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild all tweeted words of encouragement to the marchers. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush also spoke out online in support of the movement. (And if ever there were a time for the socially conscious Sugarland to reunite, it’s now.)

Still, the vast majority of country artists who opposed Trump’s ideology – and we know you are out there – remain silent. But it’s no longer a reasonable excuse to say that country artists are stuck in the stranglehold of radio, or that speaking out means a guaranteed Dixie Chicks-style blacklisting. Yes, there will be fallout, but after this weekend’s parade of lies, falsehoods and “alternative facts” bullshit by the administration, it’s too dangerous not to stand up.

This isn’t about politics, it’s about being human. You either accept that lying is wrong or you do not. You accept that mocking the disabled is wrong or you do not. And you accept that sexual assault is wrong or you do not. There is no middle ground.

Legend Willie Nelson -

Willie Nelson has a few words for country fans who can’t stand that he’s supporting a Democrat.

“I’ve been supporting Democrats all my life.”

Willy Nelson has never been a fan of Donald Trump. He even wrote a song called “Delete and Fast-Forward,” which was about fast-forwarding four years until Trump was gone.

Steve Earle –

“I supported Bernie Sanders until he got out. I voted for Hillary Clinton. I went on stage election night thinking we were electing the first woman president of the United States, and that’s gotta be a good thing. I came offstage to find we elected the first orangutan president. Like everyone else, I didn’t know this was going to happen.”

“Jesus Christ, the only way we could do worse than Donald Trump is Kid Rock. What the fuck?!”

The widow of the legendary John Prine, Fiona Whelan Prine –

The widow of legendary songwriter John Prine has taken to social media after hearing President Donald Trump congratulate himself over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“How dare you tell me your handling of this epic disaster is a success,” tweeted Fiona Whelan Prine. “My husband died. 60,000 + American families are devastated tonight, with who knows how many more deaths right around the corner. How sad for America the Beautiful.

“You have ruined the Dream for all of us.”

“I’m an incensed. As a family deeply impacted by this devastating virus I am offended by Trumps uninformed, frankly dangerous, ramblings about medical treatments, Right To Try, etc. and his personal, misguided uneducated opinions. #wakeuprepublicans #PleaseHelp,” she tweeted on April 5, two days before her husband’s death.

@piersmorgan Per your comments @ReliableSources Sadly, Trump cannot turn this around because he is incapable. He would need treatment for his advanced, disabling narcissism which would take many years to resolve- if even possible. #americantragedy

“Who do we want running this disaster? A jackass or a thoroughbred racehorse” paraphrase from #LtGenHonoré  interview by @JessicaYellin #COVIDー19 @realDonaldTrump

Chely Wright –

“I cannot for the life of me see a merit in supporting Donald Trump. Not just as a politician. He has no redeeming qualities as a human being. The salient point I want to make about Donald Trump is he is not a good person.”

Taylor Swift –

"After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? 'When the looting starts the shooting starts'???" She added, "We will vote you out in November."

In 2018, when country/pop megastar Taylor Swift criticized GOP candidates in her home state of Tennessee and urged people to vote for their Democratic opponents, Donald Trump responded that he now liked Swift's music "about 25% less." After Swift's tweets on Saturday slamming Trump's efforts to "dismantle" the US Post Office -- which she viewed as his way "to blatantly cheat" in the 2020 election -- it's likely Trump no longer likes the other 75% of her music either.

Chris Stapleton –

“You know, I thought we were living in a different country. And that’s 100 percent real. I feel like the country that I thought that we were living in was a myth,” Stapleton admitted. And when he was asked if he supports the Black Lives Matter movement, he was quick to reply. “Do I think Black lives matter? Absolutely. I don’t know how you could think they don’t. I think we all have a lot of work to do, you know, as individuals and as a society,” he said. “And if you don’t think that, I think you’re not looking.

He called the protests after George Floyd’s death a “broad awakening” in our country, and added, “I think everybody should be doing more. It’s time for me to listen. And it’s time for other folks to listen.”

Kacey Musgraves –

Kacey is the country music queen of the LGBTQ. She is this generations feminist icon.

Speaking of gun control after the El Paso, TX mass shooting. Kacey hails from Texas.

While performing, she told the crowd,

“The shit that’s happening in the last twenty-four hours, much less everything that’s happened in the last two hundred and fucking fifteen days in America. So, I don’t know what the answer is, but obviously, something has to be fucking done.”

She then invited the crowd to join her in a chant.

“Maybe somebody will hear us if we all yell together ‘Somebody fucking do something!'”

On Monday, she took a step further by aiming her frustrations directly at Trump.

“For a man who clearly loves being well-liked, it’s indescribably mind-numbing it see him blatantly and murderously ignore doing ONE THING that would not only make people happy but would SAVE PEOPLE’S LIVES. True leaders don’t stand back and watch the world burn.”

But Kacey, who hails from Texas remained unflinching in her stance.

“Let me be — I’m from Texas. I grew up around hunting and guns. There’s a time and place for that and even self-protection in ways..but this is different. The system is majorly flawed and NOBODY NEEDS ANYTHING REMOTELY AUTOMATIC. PERIOD. They’re mass killing machines”

Dolly Parton –

Dolly Parton has been a feminist icon for decades.

"I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen," she told the magazine. "And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!"

Legendary country music singer and actress Dolly Parton paid tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a tweet Saturday.

“She was small in stature, but even the tallest looked up to her. Her voice was soft but her message rang loud and clear and will echo forever,” Parton wrote. “Thank you, RBG. Rest In Peace. Respectfully, Dolly Parton.”

Miley Cyrus –
 
“Trump is a completely racist, sexist, hateful asshole”
 
“You know, I said I would move away if he became president. We all said a bunch of shit we didn’t mean,” Cyrus said in reference to Trump in the interview released on Thursday.
“Because we really thought: Maybe people will listen,” she continued. “Maybe people actually realize how detrimental this will be to our fucking country if this happens. Obviously they didn’t.”

“But for me to move away—what the fuck is that going to change?” Cyrus went on to say in the interview. “As someone who is so proud of being an activist, am I going to feel proud of myself just running away from, and leaving everyone else here to live under, a completely racist, sexist, hateful asshole? You can’t leave everyone else to fend for themselves.”

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill –

A few years ago, McGraw admitted that he is not only an Obama-supporter, but also a hardcore Democrat.

“It’s innate in me to be a blue-dog Democrat. I’m not saying I’m right or wrong, but that’s what I am,” he told People. “My wife and I and our family will do everything we can to support Obama. I like his ideas, I like his energy, and I like the statement he would make for our country to the world.”

In an interview with Billboard conducted less than two weeks after the Las Vegas shooting, country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill said that they support "common sense" gun control laws in the United States.

Tim McGraw said: "Look, I'm a bird hunter -- I love to wing-shoot. However, there is some common sense that's necessary when it comes to gun control. They want to make it about the Second Amendment every time it's brought up. It's not about the Second Amendment."

Faith Hill said: "In reference to the tragedy in Las Vegas, we knew a lot of people there. The doctors that treated the wounded, they saw wounds like you'd see in war. That's not right. Military weapons should not be in the hands of civilians. It's everyone's responsibility, including the government and the National Rifle Association, to tell the truth. We all want a safe country."

“I don’t find it our responsibility to talk politics at all,” Hill said. “But when you’re a parent, it is our responsibility as human beings to try and make the best choices for the future of our children because they will be the ones who have to deal with the choices we make.”

Added McGraw: “Let’s educate one another and figure out a way, because this is wrong."

Rosanne Cash –

I'm With Her.

I was going to write a long and detailed essay about why I'm voting for Hillary, and why Trump is dangerous and unfit for the highest office in our beloved country, but I just happened to read this piece by Max Boot, which articulates and footnotes everything I was going to say, only better.

Don't forget to VOTE!

Cash tweeted a cheeky status to her followers, saying, “How does one withhold the portion of their taxes that would go to finance the building of a Wall?” while utilizing the hashtag “Asking For A Friend”. She continued to call President Trump’s new immigration action “immoral” while uploading statistics stating a large amount of refugees that Canada has taken in, claiming they have yet to experience any obscene terrorist attacks.

Canada has accepted 31,000 Syrian refugees, US has taken 10,000. There have been 0 terrorists attacks by any of these. Correct? Pls advise.

— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) January 28, 2017

All terrorist attacks on US soil since 9.11 were by US citizens. This ban is immoral grandstanding. We are becoming something not-America.

— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) January 28, 2017

Margo Price –

Speaking to Rolling Stone Country on a day when Trump was visiting Nashville to give a speech to a coalition of farmers, she observes, "I don't understand how people think that some rich guy that has been handed everything his whole life knows anything about the struggling working class."

She has been one of the few country artists to speak up to advocate for gun control after the mass shooting that killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in October, despite the fact that her father used to help feed her family by hunting.

"There's something beautiful about that," Price says. "But we didn't have high-powered machine guns when this all started."

"Women are not going to put up with shit anymore, and it's amazing," Price states. "I don't know when actual equality will come, or if we need to burn more bras, but I'm happy to see some things coming to light, even if they're kind of painful."

Brothers Osborne -

 “I don’t know if us being here pissed off any of our fans, but our videos sure did,” said TJ Osborne, who sang at Nashville fundraiser for Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean.

Country duo Brothers Osborne posted a series of tweets that have stirred up some political debate this week. The first post was made in response to reports about President Donald Trump allegedly calling African nations “shithole countries” in an Oval Office meeting on immigration. Those comments were first reported by “The Washington Post,” and Trump has since taken to Twitter to deny using that term.

The Brothers Osborne post in response to that reported “shithole countries” comment reads, “Our family started in a trailer park in Odenton, Maryland. Some would have called it a shithole. We called it a start.”

Twitter user @chrisvolguy wrote back, telling the guys to lay off talking about politics. He wrote, “Here’s some good advice from a fan. Stay away from politics. We could give a shit less about your political views. We just want to enjoy your music. No need to risk career suicide with a tweet. Just saying.”

Brothers Osborne retweeted that post, and wrote back indicating they had no plans to stop sharing their opinions via social media.

They wrote: We came from nothing. If sticking up for the little guy means career suicide then so be it.

Jason Isbell –

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Isbell said of conservative Christians in rural America who voted for Trump: “God is gone from those people.”

Does he now think that was too provocative? “In hindsight,” he said, “it sounds like something a preacher would say in a Southern Baptist church on a Sunday morning. ‘If you can look the other way because you think the economy’s doing better, you can ignore the fact that this man is obviously not a Christian, then you’re not behaving in a way that Jesus would have behaved.’

 “So I meant that, and I still mean it. The whole point of Christianity is to behave as Jesus would have behaved – and Jesus would not have voted for Donald Trump, no matter what his pay was going to do as a result of that.”

Isbell lives with his family in Nashville now – the Tennessee city which is an island of Democratic blue in a sea of Republican red.

Jason was asked if his tendency to speak truth to power galvanized since the 2016 election? 

In general, yeah. We’re in more desperate circumstances than we were, even in the Bush administration, even in the Reagan administration. Not for everybody -- there were people who were doing everything they could to survive during the Reagan administration. We’re beginning to run the risk of losing our entire system of governance. I think a lot of people realize this, so they’re motivated to act and be informed. But also I think a lot of people have gone past the point of diminishing returns, and that one bothers me, because that happens even with people I agree with across the board.

Kenny Chesney –

As an article said: Chesney adds to a growing list of music’s “good old boys” who are starting to lean liberal, away from the current POTUS.

“I kept talking to experts, city officials, team owners, medical people, looking to understand how we were coming along with resolving the health issues.”

“Wow, if only our president had as much common sense as a pop-country singer, the U.S. might not pace the world in COVID-19 deaths.”

“I did the hardest thing for me, but obviously best option for the safety of No Shoes Nation, my road family and everyone at the buildings involved.”

The article goes on to say: Country stars who are starting to wake up.
While country has long been the music of choice for the conservatives, they’re running out of artists to support. That’s because many country artists have stopped supporting them.

The Chicks-

And of course nobody has been more fervent against the Republicans and Trump more than The Chicks.

The article says: The Dixie Chicks are probably the leaders of this revolution. In 2003, they spoke out against George W. Bush’s war against Iraq. Country fans were outraged and the backlash tanked the group’s career. But we all know who was on the right side of history.

There is an endless list of Tweets from Natalie Maines of The Chicks taking on Trump.

The Chicks singer Natalie Maine says she'd "make out" with the former president now, compared to currently sitting President Donald Trump.

Natalie Maines says country radio is a bunch of hypocrites for supporting Donald Trump. This is beyond true!

Sturgil Simpson –
 
Sturgill Simpson called President Trump a fascist fucking pig!
 
He said: “Nobody needs a machine gun, and that’s comin’ from a guy who owns quite a few guns."

Just the tip of the iceberg with liberal country music artists. Or artists who rightfully just cannot stand Trump.

The picture below is from The Chicks tour a couple of years ago.

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