We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...i was trying to get across to Torquemada the Leag that while someone like Iris Dement may be susceptible to 'the dialectic' (after all, the dialectic is coldly designed to penetrate the warmth of the Kind Hearts), that the way truth wins out in the end is that no matter which way her politics of verbal vocalization may turn & turnabout, about nine-tenths of her message will always be on channel two, where that message is that she is an individual entrepreneur, taking the risks of success or failure entire upon her self, in the finest highest tradition of the American free-enterprise ideal.
And furthermore, by the very fact that one is hearing her words, whatever those words may be is secondary to the fact that one is hearing them because she is an American-system success, and because one is free in the American system to listen to her even if she attacks some part of that system.
Ergo, to boycott our American entrepreneurial entertainment industrial cowboy and cowgirl success stories on the basis of their momentarily silly emotionally-derived political platitudes, is a very problematic, perhaps even self-defeating, response.
...and yes, i realize this is a convenient attitude for someone who doesn't particularly want to shut himself off automatically by doctrine, from enjoying the occasional artwork of talented folks who happen to have excruciating politics. But i won't listen to a single word from Bill Mahr or Michael Moore, because i don't like them, and because they sing no "Our Town" songs.