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Thanks to Guthrie Thomas for sharing this photo of his election-year Willie Nelson guitar picks! I love every version.
Now, I say this every four years, “It would not surprise me in the least, Willie’s been there so many times he already has his own room and he is ready to tell the world exactly like it is, how it should be, and would be when Willie accepts the job.”
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— Guthrie Thomas
by: Steven Bernstein
Legendary country music star Willie Nelson was in Washington, D.C., last week celebrating his 60-year career, as a recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. As a long-time supporter of the legalization of marijuana, PJ Media inquired during an interview at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall (where the awards ceremony took place) which candidate he plans to support in the presidential race. “Well, you know, it’s not over yet. I’m still watching the show but I’m a great Bernie and Hillary fan, you know,” Nelson said.
At a performance this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, Nelson – who has a much-admired reputation as a country music outlaw – let his audience know he has a very difference understanding of what it means to be an outlaw than many of the folks in Texas:
“That was never clearer than when he played Living in the Promised Land, a song he played 30 years ago at Farm Aid, towards the end of night. When he sang the words, ‘There’s still a lot of love living in the promised-land,’ they were met with rapturous applause. When he followed that up with, ‘There’s room for everyone living in the promised land,’ the room fell awkwardly silent. At a time when some Texans see fit to take their guns and protest outside Islamic mosques, Nelson seemed to take pleasure in making clear just what it means (and doesn’t mean) to be an outlaw.”
Country music has typically been the bastion of Conservatives, but Nelson has some superstar country music liberal friends including Merle Haggard, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, and Rosanne Cash, daughter of the late country music outlaw Johnny Cash. Cash, a guest at the award presentation honoring Nelson, told PJM:
“I’d love to see a women become president before I die”….offering, as if to make sure no one thought she was referring to Carly Fiorina, “She’s [Clinton] out there. I mean, I do like Bernie as well. It’s tough, you know. I’m an old-school liberal.”
Not surprisingly, Nelson has made some influential political friends as well. Of President Barack Obama, he said: “We talk about a lot of things. I’ve met him several times before, so he’s a good friend.” President Jimmy Carter, who shared this thoughts in a letter, said Nelson’s music has “enriched the lives of people far and wide for decades and that he is truly worthy of this prestigious and well-deserved award.”
Willie Nelson was born 82 years ago in Texas – he was raised a Methodist and still admits to some connection to the Church, but his politics have been liberal. Causes he backs include environmentalism, support for family farms, which he wrote about in an editorial for Politico earlier this year – and notably, the legalization of marijuana. So it should surprise no one that when asked what he likes about Sanders and Clinton, he responded “everything.”
Willie Nelson and Rosanne Cash are like most of us liberal progressive types: We think either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton are a better choice for President than any of the Republican contenders.
“I’m still watching the show.” — Willie Nelson
“I’d love to see a woman president before I die. I like Bernie, too. It’s hard.” — Rosanne Cash
by: Robert Kirchgassner
Music star Willie Nelson has turned down Roseanne Barr’s offer to be her running mate in this year’s presidential election.
Barr made the offer to Nelson via Twitter while she is seeking the Green Party nomination.
“Thank you but no thank you. Good luck to you!,” Nelson wrote Tuesday.
Barr replied in kind with: “Is this an actual response? I sure appreciate it! Good luck to you too, Willie!”
She had previously announced that her vice presidential running mate would be announced at Saturday’s debate in San Francisco.
While her presidential prospects have yet to be determined, Barr’s newest pilot for NBC, Downwardly Mobile, may be ordered to series Sunday. It would reunite her with her Roseanne co-star John Goodman.
Barr announced her candidacy in February. By the end of March, she raised just over $31,000. Nearly $25,000 of that amount came from a loan she made to the campaign. Only one person made a donation over the itemized threshold of $200.
“FEC rules limit what one can contribute to one’s own campaign, but staff needs to be paid,” Barr said.
Barr is a proponent of the Occupy Wall Street movement and stated that her involvement in the Green Party is a rejection of Democrats and Republicans.
“They both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals,” Barr said.
She also has a unique campaign slogan: “Vote for me, I’ll fix this s—-! Barr 2012.”
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Billy Bob’s Texas announces the return of Willie Nelson’s Legendary 4th of July Picnic to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The long-standing Texas tradition now in it’s 39th year will again be held outside and inside of the famed Billy Bob’s Texas. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 23rd. Willie’s picnic has been held in the Fort Worth Stockyards 4-times previously, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011.
WILLIE NELSON’S 4TH OF JULY PICNIC is designed to provide guests a not-to-be-missed afternoon and evening of exceptional performances by artists from all musical genres, along with some unexpected jam sessions. Although Willie Nelson has not announced his entire picnic line-up, early confirmations include Corey Smith, Whiskey Myers, and Deadman. Past performers include a who’s who of country music and rock. Willie Nelson’s new album “Heros”, will be released in May and features Snoop Dogg, Sheryl Crow, and Kris Kristofferson, along with his sons Micah and Lukas, so you never know who will show up at the picnic!
This year’s setup will again feature the air-conditioned comfort of Billy Bob’s opening to the landscaped beauty of Rodeo Plaza in the Stockyards. Doors will open at 11:30 am with the first artist taking the stage at 12 noon. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 23 at 10 am, and are $35 in advance, $45 day of show, available online at billybobstexas.com and Billy Bob’s Box office 817-624-7117. With the indoor/outdoor format and a limited capacity – Willie’s picnic was a sellout in 2011.
by: Sarah Coppola
Singer Willie Nelson and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong have endorsed Mayor Lee Leffingwell as he runs for re-election.
Nelson said in a statement that Leffing-well “has done a real good job of helping keep (Austin) a special place.” Armstrong said the mayor “has been a strong leader, and I think he deserves a second term.”
Leffingwell is facing no major opponents this year, though former City Council Member Brigid Shea has said she’s considering challenging him.
The election will be in May.
by: E. D. Kain
“This just proves what I thought all along. Gary Johnson is a great American. He will make a great president if elected. And I will support him all the way in the GOP primary. I also support Dennis Kucinich on the Dem side if he decides to run. They are great Americans and I’m proud to support both of them.”
~ Willie Nelson, Outlaw-Country star and founder of the Teapot Party on GOP hopeful, Gary Johnson
I agree with Willie. Johnson’s priorities are in the right place, and unlike many of the cynical politicians he’s running alongside, Johnson strikes me as a fundamentally honest man – no small thing in national politics. But there are drawbacks to being honest, and drawbacks to being the sort of candidate that Willie Nelson would support, especially when you’re a Republican running against a bunch of guys who would gladly waterboard a suspected terrorist if it seemed politically expedient.
Will Wilkinson elaborates:
As governor, Mr Johnson showed that a non-ideological, pragmatic libertarianism can work as a governing philosophy. But neither full-blooded libertarians nor allegedly liberty-loving tea-party enthusiasts really care much about governing. Libertarians, accustomed to dwelling on the margins of American politics, participate in elections without hope of electoral success, if they participate at all. For them, presidential campaigns offer at best an occasion to preach the libertarian gospel to the wary public, and the more table-pounding the better. t best an occasion to preach the libertarian gospel to the wary public, and the more table-pounding the better. As for the tea partiers, they seem less interested in practical policy solutions to America’s problems and rather more interested in fighting a culture war over what it means to be authentically American. Unless ostensibly liberty-loving conservative voters become convinced that the sensible liberalisation of drug and immigration policy is implied by the inspired language of the Constitution of Independence, the eagle will not soar for Mr Johnson.
Alex Massie has similar thoughts, noting that “Johnson’s style – relaxed, calm, patient – is ill-suited to the times. His principles and beliefs challenge conservatives and liberals alike while offering nothing to the nationalist ressentiment that pervades the Republican party these days.”
In other words, Johnson is simply too chill and too happy-go-lucky to win over the Republican Party at a time when the driving force behind conservative politics is fear and anger. Mitch Daniels, another mild-mannered governor, faced similar critiques even though he was far less staunch a libertarian.
Johnson is essentially an enthusiastic supporter of commerce, innovation, and freedom. He worries about the size of our military and the way it’s being used, and he worries about the war on drugs. None of the nationalistic impulses that drive the Tea Party show up on Johnson’s political radar. The issue that has defined his campaign so far is the legalization of marijuana – an issue that is hugely important to many libertarians, but far less crucial to the base of the Republican Party, including the Tea Party.
So while Johnson may indeed get the support of Willie Nelson and the Teapot Party, his chances with Republicans, who only a few weeks ago were overwhelmingly backing the hyper-nationalistic ascendancy of Donald Trump, are depressingly slim.