McCain/Palin Used Song About Domestic Violence as Rah-Rah Intro Music
Paying attention to songwriter news, Nashville’s Kate O points to a piece in the LA Times which reports on “the use of the 1994 Martina McBride country hit ‘Independence Day’ to bring Palin on stage at a rally after her debate Thursday with Sen. Joe Biden.”
Yes, the song talks about letting freedom ring, being strong, and uses the words “Independence Day.” It also talks about a whole community looking the other way while a woman is being abused by her husband, and the woman’s revenge, from the perspective of her young daughter. The song is far from simple rah rah patriotism, and doubles the meaning of “Independence Day” to stand for both the holiday as part of the story’s setting and the woman’s ultimate escape (I won’t spoil it with details if you haven’t yet heard the song).
Nashville songwriter Gretchen Peters authored “Independence Day,” and had this to say to the Times:
“The fact that the McCain/Palin campaign is using a song about an abused woman as a rallying cry for their vice presidential candidate, a woman who would ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest, is beyond irony. They are co-opting the song, completely overlooking the context and message, and using it to promote a candidate who would set women’s rights back decades.”
The LA Times reports that Peters plans to donate any royalties from the use of the song to Planned Parenthood in Palin’s name.