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McCain/Palin Used Song About Domestic Violence as Rah-Rah Intro Music

October 7, 2008

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.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. delineh permalink
    October 13, 2008 3:59 pm

    Palin says she does not make abortion choices for others.

    But tell me. Is it true Obama entered the stage at the major Dem rally before he was the candidate, to the tune of 99 problems but a BITCH ain’t one?

    I’m not American. But I am someone who demands more than gossip in my news, health or otherwise, particularly from someone who purports to be a professional.

  2. October 13, 2008 4:18 pm

    Delineh, I found one or two news sources (Houston Chronicle, for one) that suggested that Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” played during the Iowa victory rally following the January caucus. There was a considerable lack of good sources on this item, mostly just blog talk.

    Palin has said that she opposes abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger. The Republican platform opposes abortion in all situations.

    Are you suggesting that you’re demanding something from *me?* Because if so, I hope the check is in the mail.

  3. October 14, 2008 4:02 pm

    Palin says a lot of things that aren’t true. Anyone who advocates for the overturn of Roe v. Wade or who tries to introduce restrictions on abortion at the state level is lying when s/he says that s/he doesn’t make abortion choices for others.

  4. delineh permalink
    October 16, 2008 1:02 am

    What she actually said can be found in several places on the net, in sound bites. Not too hard to find for someone who is blogging NEWS.

  5. October 16, 2008 7:42 am

    Delineh, except finding every soundbite Palin has uttered on abortion was not the point of the post. Take your petulance elsewhere.

  6. Najib permalink
    October 16, 2008 4:26 pm

    Can we believe Palin and MaCain. We did a big mistake by bleieving all the promises of Goerge Bush and see where we are now.
    Americans wake up, it is time for change and we should not make the same mistake twice.
    Bush/MaCain are two faces for the same currency.
    Palin is the only women I know that is against women right to abortion.

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