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Hey, Lana Del Rey – America Is More Than the President

When it comes to commenting on the modern music scene, I’ll admit I’m not your go-to guy.  Sure, I think “Despacito” is kind of catchy and I did more than my share of grooving to “Uptown Funk,” but as far as the top of the pops goes, I’m pretty much stuck somewhere between AC/DC and Kajagoogoo.  To me, hip-hop peaked with “Bust a Move” and nothing could be more fun than pumping your fist in the air while shouting, “Whoomp!  There it is!”  My old school credentials are long past their expiration date, but as long as Def Leppard is still out there pouring sugar on someone, I don’t care.  The boom box of my youth will forever play on.

That’s why when I saw the news that Lana Del Rey would no longer be showing the American flag at her concerts, the first question to cross my mind was, “Who?”  Apparently she’s a pagan singer (maybe she bites the heads off bats like Ozzy?) who is Really Deep because she has an album called Born to Die.  She’s also become associated with kitschy Americana somehow, and is known for featuring the Stars and Stripes in the backdrop at her shows–that is, until now:

It’s certainly uncomfortable. I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos.  I’m not going to have the American flag waving while I’m singing “Born to Die.”  It’s not going to happen.

I’d rather have static.  It’s a transitional period, and I’m super aware of that.

And what could have caused such a change of heart?

It would feel weird to me now — it didn’t feel weird in 2013.

Ah, that sounds like trouble with a capital “T” and that stands for Trump!  Yes, it seems that Del Rey is missing the good old days of Barack Obama, and feels that it just wouldn’t be appropriate to hoist the flag with the Orange Menace occupying the White House.

Del Rey claimed that, with Trump at the helm, she feels “less safe than I did when Obama was president.”

“Women started to feel less safe under this administration instantly,” the singer claimed. “What if they take away Planned Parenthood? What if we can’t get birth control? Now, when people ask me those questions, I feel a little differently.”

Yes, I also remember the dark days before the Obama administration, when women couldn’t get birth control and there was no such thing as Planned Parenthood.  Everybody knows that under George W. Bush, it was as if women were living in a real-life Handmaid’s Tale.  As they, er, did under Bill Clinton before that, I guess.  Hell, I remember once trying to buy a pack of Trojans back in ’94 and I felt like Mad Max trying to fill up a can of gasoline.  Things were bad, baby.

Of course, Del Rey can’t be aware of how stupid she sounds spouting off this kind of rot–and the guy interviewing her certainly wasn’t about to point it out, either.  But at least it’s typical of the kind of hyperbole we hear from most leftists whenever they’re out of power.  The sad part is how Del Rey is now ashamed to fly the American flag because Hillary Clinton isn’t running the show.  In case she doesn’t realize it, the United States is a lot more than whoever happens to be president at the time.  In fact, we’ve had 45 men come and go from the office since the counry’s founding.  Some of them have been great in every sense of the word, guiding the country through times of peril and changing the world with their just and moral leadership. Others have been terrible, and dishonored the presidency with their corruption and incompetence.  Throughout that whole time, though, the essence of what has made America exceptional has not changed–because America’s character is derived from the American people, and not the guy who sits behind the desk in the Oval Office.

This is what allows me to be a proud American even when I vehemently oppose the policies of my president.  It’s called being a grown-up, and whiny celebrities really should give it a try sometime.

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