Friday, November 19, 2004

Linda Ronstadt missed another great chance to shut up.

Linda Ronstadt, singer and apparent political professional, missed a great opportunity to shut up when she said "Republicans are a bunch of Hitlers:"

"People don't realize that by voting Republican, they voted against themselves," she says. Of Iraq in particular, she adds, "I worry that some people are entertained by the idea of this war. They don't know anything about the Iraqis, but they're angry and frustrated in their own lives. It's like Germany, before Hitler took over. The economy was bad and people felt kicked around. They looked for a scapegoat. Now we've got a new bunch of Hitlers."

Ronstadt's statement is so "coo-coo for coco puffs" incoherent that it makes a reasonable critique very hard. So instead of dissecting her statements, I'll opine on why I believe so many talented singers don't mind continually embarassing themselves without knowing it.

Think about these musical instruments - piano, acoustic guitar, violin, saxophone, flute. What do they all have in common? They make beautiful music by resonating and reverberating. And the principal requirement for resonating? A hollow core. We can logically deduce that they are able to create harmonious noise because they have a vacant nucleus. I think it makes sense.

Ronstadt, Springsteen and Stipe would likely consider themselves instruments of music. I wouldn't disagree, so they can safely be considered 'tools.'



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