Recently I started an op-ed on the Republican Presidential Primary candidates. It remains unfinished for lack of enthusiasm. But as I sit in Starbuckâ€™s writing I hear Barbara Streisand singing in the background. The sound of her gorgeous voice angers and disappoints me. You see, like many of you, I grew up listening to the New York diva. There are few segments of my childhood that donâ€™t include a Streisand song; many memories include me holding a make-believe microphone and belting out On A Clear Day, or some other popular Streisand song, to my invisible living room audience.
But Streisand now stands as a symbol for everything thatâ€™s wrong with this country. Her beautiful voice is as lulling and deceptive as the Liberal view of utopia; a world of peace, where guns and violence donâ€™t exist, and skin color is invisible; a melodic land where humansâ€™ cohabitate with Bambi, and no one eats meat anymore.
Iâ€™m more inclined to use a Streisand CD for target practice than to listen to her melodious betrayal. Iâ€™m a firm believer that entertainers should entertain â€“ and then shut up. Yeah, freedom of speech protects everyoneâ€™s right to speak their mind (kind ofâ€¦ well not really anymore), but I believe if your intention is to earn money off adoring fans, than you should maintain focus on the music, or movies, and leave politics to those who have half a brain. Streisandâ€™s assault on President Bushâ€™s policies, and her sponsorship of pro Palestinian/Anti-Israel progressive GRITtv, for starters, have left me repulsed. Added to the no-play list Streisandâ€™s heads is Bette Midler; another musician I used to adore, whoâ€™s verbal assaults on President Bush and this country will not be ignored.
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