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Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Posted on: October 4, 2011 8:22 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 9:24 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After some rather unfortunate remarks about Barack Obama, John Boehner and Hitler, ESPN yanked Hank Williams Jr.’s iconic Monday Night Football intro on Monday, and for now, we don’t know what kind of future Williams’ music has on MNF.

And after releasing a somewhat-stubborn statement Monday evening that said he was just trying to make a point, he’s released another less-stubborn statement saying, well, maybe he shouldn’t have said it in the first place.

From Williams’ web site: “I have always been very passionate about Politics and Sports and this time it got the Best or Worst of me. The thought of the Leaders of both Parties Jukin and High Fiven on a Golf course, while so many Families are Struggling to get by simply made me Boil over and make a Dumb statement and I am very Sorry if it Offended anyone. I would like to Thank all my supporters. This was Not written by some Publicist.” 

This was a little more conciliatory than his previous statement when he intimated that he couldn’t understand why people who have differing views could ever play golf together. Then, he compared Obama and Boehner playing golf together to Hitler and Benjamin Netanyahu hitting the links together.

ESPN had no comment on whether Williams' song would be used on future telecasts.

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s where all the controversy started.



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Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Williams said that Obama and Biden are the enemy.  Most people would think Hitler was the enemy and Not Netanyahu; ergo Obama is Hitler and Boehner is Netanyahu.  It is not an assumption so much as it is the use of common sense.
No.  I don't think most truly reasonable people would apply that kind of presumptive logic.  Unfortunately truly reasonable and logical people are few and far between.  Where is Spock when you need him.




Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Williams said that Obama and Biden are the enemy.  Most people would think Hitler was the enemy and Not Netanyahu; ergo Obama is Hitler and Boehner is Netanyahu.  It is not an assumption so much as it is the use of common sense.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

First off, and obviously, is the fact that "liberal" and "nazi" are generally considered to be opposites.  But anyone, on either side, who invokes nazis should be immedietely and forever ignored. Credibility kaput.  It is crazy how so many seem to have no idea what socialism really is as well.  Socialism is government sponsoring, owning, or subsidizing business.  I think the best example in our nation would be the bank bail-outs, and bail-outs in general.  A capitalist would let the banks fail (for many reasons, to avoid the obvious moral hazard.  I think the industry has been bailed out 5 times total if you include savings & loans). Then the free market could shift those resources to banks that aren't criminals or selling securities they know will fail. 

But with continued bail-outs everywhere we look by the right wing, what hope does accountability have?  Be it TARP, savings & loans, airlines, subsidies for Big Oil as they make record profits, GE paying no taxes, farmers getting paid not to farm by midwestern GOP (and some democrat) sponsored farm subsidies.  The amount of corporate welfare paid by the federal government DWARFS that of social (doesn't count payroll funded programs like ss or medicare).  I am against both, but I think it is hypocritical by many of my brethren on the right to only attack social welfare. Go ahead, call me a rhino, my focus is on fiscal responsibility not on decreeing who can and can't get married, who can and can't pray (and where), attacking science (how did my party end up with the anti-science torch-wielding mob?  Remember when it was us Republicans with "elitist" college degrees - how thinsg change), bashing gays, promoting xenophobia - in short, I want less government, not more. 

Every single one of those social agendas embraced by the more extreme elements of my party (some identify as tea party members) expand, rather than shrink government.  How can they not see that there basic premise and core "values" contradict at the most basic level?  I am ashamed to say that every GOP president has spent more than every Democratic president in my lifetime (obviously no Johnson there, he spent like crazy), and that includes Obama.  I recognize the shifty accounting of the war costs being off-the-books by Bush (who was really a populist, but again my point is that fiscal conservatism has been killed by populism), and if nothing else, I give Obama credit for putting them back on.  That doesn't mean I like his administration, far from it. 

But I am starting to think that at least the Democrats recognize NOT to duplicate the economic policies that led us where we are (shrinkig money supply by giving tax cuts to job-slashing top 2% rather than small business, too much deregulation, lack of infrastructure support, and attacks on education).  I still don't get again how supposedly other fiscal conservatives began seeing education as the enemy.  That is the most baffling by far.

Again, the actual policy being preached by the current incarnation of the GOP defies market economics.  We are driven from the bottom up by consumer demand.  When the masses have more disposable income, they buy more goods and service, which leads to hiring, which brings up wages, which raises standards of livings, tax revenue (even at lower rates with higher volume), and increased productivity.   Rinse wash repeat.  But by subsidizing non-competitive industries while giving them tax breaks to MOVE jobs overseas, the freee market is stifled.  Adam Smith called it. I'm pretty sure Adam Smith is closer to me as a free market capitalist, than the current Republicans.  Even he said that the more wealth one has, the more one should contribute in taxes as they receive a higher proportionate share of government benefits.  And again that is undeniable.  The military has been used time and again to protect oil interest, the special tax cuts themselves shows additional benefits, more value in property being protected by police and fire, etc. 

So please tell me, how do I unhijack "fiscal conservatism" from the social agenga populists like crazy ol' Hank and the would-be McVeighs?


Skreffty, where are the rest of you? There was a day when conservative republicanism and liberal democrats worked as a balance to make our government work. My how things have changed. You are part of the silent majority, as am I, but just happen to lean a little right as I do left. When did we let the screaming idiots or the guy with no shame get his way? Why do we only hear from the crazy town hall screamer? Much of it has to do with the Fox News era but a lot of it has to do with complacency. We have let our country be bought and ruled by the 2%. As far as I know, we still vote. These are vitriolic times, and hopefully peaceful times, as a tipping point is near. Where are all the sane people? Why have we let the shills into congress and the senate? I am heartened to hear there are still some normal ones out there, though hard to find even on a sports message board. Don't forget to vote.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Probably because if you knew anything about anything, you would know that Hitler was a Socialist Dictator.  Obama politics are considered by the right wing to be socialist i.e. big government. The Republicans are big business and in bed with the jews who have reputations of being greedy.  Hence, Boehner is the "Netanyahu" of this scenario.  He won't tax the rich, but would rather cut social services provided by the government.   



Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Hank Williams sucks

It's a shame he couldn't have said something stupid 20 years ago

That song sucks



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

Who's assumption was it that he compared Hitler to Obama ? Maybe Obama was Netanyahu in his analogy....Would THAT have raised all this attention ?

Answer THAT question, and you have the other half of the problem.

What is said is part of the issue, but how it's spun is the other...and the spin when Obama is mentioned, is ALWAYS one way. 

 




Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 5, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

No doubt the statement that Hitler was/is not as bad as those who commit animal cruelty is ridiculous..........

That said what got the ball rolling was the comparison of Obama and Boehner being a twosome with Hitler and Netanyou........I can understand that one.  The odds of any of those pairs high fiving and not choking each other is pretty minute...........if there were no publicity/photo ops, they would have been heated.  I do not think the statement compares Obama to Hitler, it just compares the unlikiness of such polar opposites getting along for a round of golf



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

ESPN is a bunch of liberal Nazi's! There guess fire me now! Is it not one's right to have the ability to speak their mind while trying to convay or make one understand where their view is coming from we use examples although some people ears bleed when you say stuff that may hurt their feelings. I would hate to see how these people act at work or in their lives. If called a bitch or bum they must have to go see a therapist. Wonder why are country is week and no responsibility is taken. We are in a resession because people are lazy and won't work for anything, not willing to suck up their pride, they all want it for free. If you lost your job then go back to school or actually go and take a job not just interview or slap down some piece of paper. This is why we are going down the tubes..the only honest living left is being a soldier!!! God Bless you Hank!!! At least your not one of the _______!
First off, and obviously, is the fact that "liberal" and "nazi" are generally considered to be opposites.  But anyone, on either side, who invokes nazis should be immedietely and forever ignored. Credibility kaput.  It is crazy how so many seem to have no idea what socialism really is as well.  Socialism is government sponsoring, owning, or subsidizing business.  I think the best example in our nation would be the bank bail-outs, and bail-outs in general.  A capitalist would let the banks fail (for many reasons, to avoid the obvious moral hazard.  I think the industry has been bailed out 5 times total if you include savings & loans). Then the free market could shift those resources to banks that aren't criminals or selling securities they know will fail. 

But with continued bail-outs everywhere we look by the right wing, what hope does accountability have?  Be it TARP, savings & loans, airlines, subsidies for Big Oil as they make record profits, GE paying no taxes, farmers getting paid not to farm by midwestern GOP (and some democrat) sponsored farm subsidies.  The amount of corporate welfare paid by the federal government DWARFS that of social (doesn't count payroll funded programs like ss or medicare).  I am against both, but I think it is hypocritical by many of my brethren on the right to only attack social welfare. Go ahead, call me a rhino, my focus is on fiscal responsibility not on decreeing who can and can't get married, who can and can't pray (and where), attacking science (how did my party end up with the anti-science torch-wielding mob?  Remember when it was us Republicans with "elitist" college degrees - how thinsg change), bashing gays, promoting xenophobia - in short, I want less government, not more. 

Every single one of those social agendas embraced by the more extreme elements of my party (some identify as tea party members) expand, rather than shrink government.  How can they not see that there basic premise and core "values" contradict at the most basic level?  I am ashamed to say that every GOP president has spent more than every Democratic president in my lifetime (obviously no Johnson there, he spent like crazy), and that includes Obama.  I recognize the shifty accounting of the war costs being off-the-books by Bush (who was really a populist, but again my point is that fiscal conservatism has been killed by populism), and if nothing else, I give Obama credit for putting them back on.  That doesn't mean I like his administration, far from it. 

But I am starting to think that at least the Democrats recognize NOT to duplicate the economic policies that led us where we are (shrinkig money supply by giving tax cuts to job-slashing top 2% rather than small business, too much deregulation, lack of infrastructure support, and attacks on education).  I still don't get again how supposedly other fiscal conservatives began seeing education as the enemy.  That is the most baffling by far.

Again, the actual policy being preached by the current incarnation of the GOP defies market economics.  We are driven from the bottom up by consumer demand.  When the masses have more disposable income, they buy more goods and service, which leads to hiring, which brings up wages, which raises standards of livings, tax revenue (even at lower rates with higher volume), and increased productivity.   Rinse wash repeat.  But by subsidizing non-competitive industries while giving them tax breaks to MOVE jobs overseas, the freee market is stifled.  Adam Smith called it. I'm pretty sure Adam Smith is closer to me as a free market capitalist, than the current Republicans.  Even he said that the more wealth one has, the more one should contribute in taxes as they receive a higher proportionate share of government benefits.  And again that is undeniable.  The military has been used time and again to protect oil interest, the special tax cuts themselves shows additional benefits, more value in property being protected by police and fire, etc. 

So please tell me, how do I unhijack "fiscal conservatism" from the social agenga populists like crazy ol' Hank and the would-be McVeighs?



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

all these worthless waste of skin.. who abuse animals are worse than Hitler,Heatler had a reason " right OR wrong, hurting - abusing animals there is no excuse
So let me make sure I got this straight - "murdering a Jew, ethnic minority, Pole, homosexual, or Russian is better bc there is a reason - that reason being they are born a certain way?"



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Hank Williams Jr. releases another statement

BLUEDEVIL YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!!!!

Anyone who thinks otherwise didn't watch the entire interview. Gretchen poorly chose to go in a different direction with his 'analogy' and she is a cross eyed buffoon.

Hank Sr may be all the talent in the family but that was BS to pull the theme off the air for that reason alone. Here we are in an overly sensitive world.....

"Dear People Who Take Offense Too Easily,
Here are two seeds....
Plant them,
Water them,

Wait.....

And GROW A PAIR already."

LOVE,
ManagementWink



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