A Better East Texas: McCartney snub

Well, one of my favorite rock idols was completely disappointing recently. Former Beatle Paul McCartney was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress. Mr. McCartney is a great musical talent but after the awards ceremony, he took the liberty to bash former President George W. Bush. He made a couple of pro-President Obama remarks and then took a few cheap shots at President Bush. Now McCartney is a British citizen and the first non-American to get the award. So it is sad that he decided to become a political commentator at the same time. He has made millions of dollars off our country and our economic structure allowed him to do so – an economic and social structure that existed under many presidents both democrat and republican. Also, it would have been nice of President Obama to step in and ask Mr. McCartney to respect the office of the President and any former office holder. Silence, in this case, means endorsement. Now musicians have always used their influence to try to impact policy and even change cultures but what purpose could this serve taking a cheap shot at a former president? It was just the wrong person at the wrong place at the wrong time. Ultimately, showing respect for others is a character trait that everyone should embrace – regardless of stature or position, and that will make for a Better East Texas.