A couple of months ago, I told you HERE about numerous instances in which Republican candidates “have been forced to stop using music by artists whose politics apparently are not of the GOP variety.”
But now John Mellencamp (above) is adding a new twist to the custom. He’s TELLING Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to feel free to use his song “Small Town.” But he wants Walker to know that he disagrees with the governor’s anti-labor politics.
As this story gets around, more and more people who hear the Mellencamp song at Walker rallies will be reminded of the singer-songwriter’s dissenting views. They might even consider it hypocritical of Walker to use the song.
All of this brings to mind the time when then-President Ronald Reagan and conservative pundit George Will, among others, misinterpreted Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” as emblematic of the “new patriotism” in those days.
The song was not the patriotic anthem Reagan and the others thought it was, as we see HERE.