Willie Nelson records war-protest song for Kucinich fund-raiser
Country music legend to perform
at Kucinich fund-raiser this weekend
Country music legend Willie Nelson is joining the list of entertainment celebrities to protest the war in Iraq.
According to a report in the Austin American-Statesman, Nelson woke up Christmas morning, listened to the news, and said: "There was nothing but bad news, and here it was Christmas Day. I said, 'There sure are a lot of babies dying and mothers crying,' and [his wife] Annie said, 'That sounds like a song.'" The result was an anti-war ballad titled, "What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth."
Nelson will debut the protest song, the report said, at this Saturday's fund-raising concert in Austin, Texas, for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.
During the 1991 Gulf War, Nelson frequently sang a previous anti-war song, titled "Jimmy's Road," at peace rallies, reported the American-Statesman.
Does Nelson worry about sharing the scorn that the Dixie Chicks received after that group's lead singer's public put-down of President George W. Bush? Will it cause a backlash from conservative country fans?
"I sure hope so," he told the Austin paper. "I don't care if people say, 'Who the hell does he think he is?' I know who I am."
Having reportedly recorded the song in Nashville yesterday, Nelson says reactions so far has been positive.
Nelson's support of Kucinich - whose campaign released the lyrics Tuesday - is based on the Ohio congressman's support of family farmers.
"I just like him because he tells the truth," Nelson told the American-Statesman. "Whether he's electable or not, who knows? But when you've got a guy you can trust, you've got a good candidate."
Ironically, as WorldNetDaily reported recently, Kucinich recently headlined a fund-raiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group with ties to the Mideast terrorist organization Hamas and an agenda for an Islamic USA.
"We would like to thank all those who helped us reach our fund-raising goal," CAIR Chairman Omar Ahmad said at the time. "These added resources will enable us to continue and expand our work defending civil rights and promoting a positive image of Islam."
Kucinich has taken part in other CAIR events recently, including a Ramadan iftar, or fast breaking, on Capitol Hill hosted by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. That event was co-sponsored by Reps. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., Kucinich, Conyers, D-Ohio, Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif.
And Tuesday, Kucinish visited a Tampa, Fla.-area mosque, informing those in attendance that American Muslims were being unfairly targeted by the U.S. government.
"At this time of rolling back of civil liberties, all Americans need to be worried about any American deprived of his or her rights," Kucinich said at the Islamic Society of Tampa, according to the Associated Press. "All Americans should be very concerned about a government trying to get more and more into peoples' private lives.
Kucinich added that his opposition to the Iraq war will lead him directly to the White House.
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