The Ditzy ChicksPeople close to The Dixie Chicks are admitting that ticket sales for their latest tour have been disappointing. Is it any wonder why? Not only did Natalie Maines shoot off at the mouth when she said "we are ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas," but the Chicks finally come out with a new album where one can find a song called "Not Ready to Make Nice." Oh yes, what a great way to boost radio play and exposure in the heartland, which is where country music is king.
Let me make an admission: I think The Chicks are perfectly entitled to whatever political or social opinions they want to have, even if I vehemently disagree with them. I even think that if Natalie Maines wants to run her mouth on stage about whatever liberal ideas she might have, it is her right. I like a lot of the Chicks' pre-London material, and I own a couple of their albums myself. However, when you are touring on foreign soil in wartime, you do not publicly trash the President, no matter how much you don't like him. When you do such a thing, you give ammunition to the enemies of America, whether that is your intent or not.
The Chicks will continue to be persona non grata on country radio precisely because they will not simply say "we are sorry for the damage we did to America."