President deserves respect

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 19, 2003

When Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said she was embarrassed that President George W. Bush is from Texas, she put a big foot in the mouth that used to belt out No. 1 hits.

Though she has since apologized for her comments, calling them disrespectful, radio stations across the nation are refusing to play the band’s music.

Thousands of fans have removed their Dixie Chicks albums from their CD players and many have even thrown them away in protest of the singer’s comments to a London crowd.

Though the reaction may seem harsh to some, it reveals the importance of respect and support of our leaders and soldiers despite one’s personal political views.

All Americans are certainly entitled to their opinions; however, they should voice them in a manner respecting the office of the President, the man who holds that office and the great nation that he represents.

Public figures such as Robin Williams, who recently toured the Middle East to perform for U.S. soldiers, should be commended for their actions.

Williams and others, regardless of their take on the impending war, have provided a great service to the men and women who have put their lives in danger to defend our freedoms and ideals.

As today and its ultimatum comes to an end, it is virtually inevitable that America will be thrust into war. Let’s all continue to remember and respect our President and those brave men and women who are fighting for our freedom