Texas Won’t Name Road After Willie Nelson
Two Republican senators, Steve Odgen of Bryan and Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, said they didn’t want Nelson’s name on the road that crosses their districts, citing the musician’s fondness for drinking and smoking, and active campaigning for Democratic candidates. (full story)
In the ‘80’s Willie Nelson sang the anti-litter campaign song “Don’t Mess with Texas.” It was to the tune of “Momma’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.” The commercials had old Willie on the side of a road, with guitar in hand, pleading with folks not to litter.
Stop tossing your beer cans at signs on highway 59!
This is a man, born in Texas, that sang about Texas. That sang FOR Texas. He was a Texan that made people fall in love with the idea of Texas. His persona of the deep thinking, hippie, red neck – you just had to like. Even if you DESPISE country music and everything about it – you HAVE to like Willie.
So WHAT if during the Carter administration he went onto the roof of the White House in the middle of the night to smoke a joint. So WHAT if he campaigned for Dennis Kucinich.*shutter* So WHAT if he has a fondness for drink. So WHAT! None of that’s illegal, except for the joint at the White House, which happens to be SO COOL that it should be legal. Hell, in some professions, it should be required.
This is about being for the wrong political party. The Texas state senate won’t name a highway after an artist (not a politian) because of politics? Because of their politics?!? State Senator Odgen and Wentworth – miserable partisan hacks. Willie Nelson as an artist and human being has contributed more to Texas than those two serving in a crooked state senate EVER have! Since their districts elected them – they don’t deserve to have Willie’s name grace their road.
Odgen and Wentworth are messing with Willie, and he’s not only Texas – he happens to be the best part of it.