- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The past few years have been a continual thorn in the conscience of conservative-minded music fans. One after another — it starts with reliable wimps like Jackson Browne and ends up ensnaring usually above-the-fray giants like Bruce Springsteen — our favorite singers fail to follow Laura Ingraham’s sage advice.

Since his enviro-concept album “Greendale” of 2003, Neil Young has been working up a head of steam. Now he has officially blown his stack.

Young has, according to Reuters, included a song called “Let’s Impeach the President” on his forthcoming album “Living with War.”

I’ve tried to get a sense of whether today’s protest music will matter, say, a generation from now. My best guess is that it’s a lot of white noise; the political class beats to its own drummer, so to speak, and it is not that of rock stars. (Although, John Kerry certainly found potent use for Springsteen’s public advocacy in 2004.) Perhaps anti-Bush music, inchoately at least, helps stoke the fires of the president’s political opponents in the same way that “Fahrenheit 9/11” did at the multiplex. But I think it’s highly unlikely that the frothing hordes who frequent such left-liberal blogs as Daily Kos need any encouragement from cranky Canadian hippies.

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