Haggard wrote the song Oakie from Muskogee. You may not like it. It's an anti-liberal anthem. Every value it hold up is strong on the Purity, Authority or Loyalty scale. He says that the values in Muskogee are very different than those of San Francisco. Who can argue with him?
|We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee; |
We don't take our trips on LSD
We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin' right, and bein' free.
|Drugs as purity; draft cards as respect for authority.|
|I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,|
A place where even squares can have a ball
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin's still the biggest
thrill of all
|Patriotism as loyalty, pure drugs instead of impure ones.|
We don't make a party out of lovin';
We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo;
We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy,
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.
|Sexual purity, cleanliness|
|Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear; |
Beads and Roman sandals won't be seen.
Football's still the roughest thing on campus,
And the kids here still respect the college dean.
|Gender roles, respect for authority|
From what I read, Haggard wrote the song as a portrait of people he'd known back in Oklahoma, not as a personal creed. But I've read quite a few essays recently on the differences between conservatives and liberals. This one does as well as any of them at capturing the different attitudes and values that form the great red/blue divide in this country.
Oh, and FWIW, Haggard just endorsed Hillary.