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March 19, 2003

Can I Sell 240,000 Albums Protesting War?

Boy, those rightwingers boycotting the Dixie Chicks have devastated them.

Apparently they sold only 240,000 albums last week. Maybe they'll see more of a fall-off this week, but since they've already sold out 51 of 59 concert dates on their coming tour, it's hard to take the boycott fears too seriously

Posted by Nathan at March 19, 2003 08:33 PM

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Say, isn't 240,000 about the size of the U.S. military force in the gulf right now?


Posted by: Chris Andersen at March 19, 2003 08:36 PM

Personally I think they have the right to say anything they want, but those right wingers you so hate, Nathan, also have the right to boycott them and tell them to shut up. - Respectfully
Robert S. Morgan

Posted by: Robert S. Morgan at March 20, 2003 11:07 PM

Course they have thr right to boycott anything they want. Just glad they are so ineffective.

Posted by: Nathan Newman at March 20, 2003 11:16 PM

Almost as innefective as the anti-war protests.
Robert S. Morgan

Posted by: Robert S. Morgan at March 23, 2003 02:57 PM

It is true, Mr. Morgan, that the anti-war protests have not stopped the war. However, they have inspired (and are continuing to inspire) average American citizens to become involved in their communities, to educate themselves on the details of this war, and to exercise the constitutional rights that make many proud to be American. Is that not effective?

Posted by: Sydney at March 23, 2003 10:06 PM

Yes Mr. Sydney, they are inspiring some people to do those things you said. The sad fact remains is that te majority of the protestors have no clue about the "details" of the war and why we, as Ameircan's, must do the things we do(like go to war to in Iraq). Don't get me wrong, I believe peaceful protest is a good way to get your message heard. But when many of the protestors turn violent when the world chooses not to listen to them, THATS wrong. In a free society, we have the right to not listen to protestors. -Respectfully
Robert S. Morgan

Posted by: Robert S. Morgan at March 23, 2003 10:48 PM

And we the protestors have the right not to listen to drivers shouting, "FUCK YOU BITHCES! I HOPE WE BOMB THEM ALL TO HELL!" I do not deny that many protestors are ignorant of details - I myself am not as fully informed as I would wish to be. However, as always, the same may be said for both sides. It's sad when a silent vigil mourning the victims of war and violence are met with comments such as the aforementioned, as well as others such as "Why don't you move to Iraq if you hate America so much?!" Just because a group of women in black were holding signs encouraging people to pray for American troops and the Iraqi people they hate America? We're told to go home when we're practicing our freedom of expression in a wholly peaceful way. There are ignorant and violent people on both sides of the issue. This does not detract from the fact that either side can inspire people (though not all) to seek more knowledge. Even if the number is relatively few I consider it to be effective. And that, Sir, was all I was trying to say.

And on a minor note, it's Miss, not Mr.

Posted by: Sydney at March 24, 2003 07:02 PM

I respect that you want to make a difference in todays world Miss Sydney, while so many ignorants result to chanting slogans that mean nothing or hurling insults, or just not caring at all. I personnaly have nothing against the informed protestor, but I cant help asking...where were all the protestors in 98' when Clinton fired almost 300' tommahawks into Iraq (mostly targeted at civilian infrastructure targets such as power plants and water treatment facilities) resulting in nothing..AND without going to the U.N.? Where was the outcry then. Most of these protests are because these people simply dont like President Bush. I gurantee if Gore had done the same thing, these same protesetors would be cheering in the streets. -Respectfully
Robert S. Morgan

Posted by: Robert S. Morgan at March 25, 2003 11:16 PM

I'm afraid I cannot give you an intelligent response to your questions as I was only 11 years old in 1998, and rather uninterested in politics. However, had there been a war of this intensity waged against Iraq - a country that still poses no imminent danger to the U.S. - perhaps you would have seen more protestors. As for the present war, I do not think that the protestors would be jubilant if Gore were attacking Iraq. War is war, no matter who is leading. To say that they (the protestors) would be "cheering in the streets" is to say that they have no true ideas or feelings on war whatsoever. Why is it so impossible for people to believe that other people actually want peace? That they actually have a true opinion? I'm sorry that I cannot convey to you the true passion behind these protests. Also, there will always be bashing of the president - no matter who he (or one day possibly she) is. At my school I hear more negative comments about Clinton than I hear any type of comment about President Bush.

Posted by: Sydney at March 26, 2003 09:46 PM

"if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War."-George Washington, 1st President of U.S.

The simple logic of peace protestors is wrong. To ensure peace, not just for us, but for the people of the Middle East, we must oust Saddam Hussain. I have no problem with them having opinions, I'am just simply proving them wrong.
Robert S. Morgan

Posted by: Robert S. Morgan at March 31, 2003 08:53 PM

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