Outspoken musician and activist Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks once stated during a 2003 World Tour that she was basically ashamed to be from the same state as then-president George W. Bush. The backlash from her statement was incredible. The well-spun music of the multi-platinum Grammy winning trio was immediately pulled from most radio stations. The all-female band was lambasted by the media, conservative pundits, and disloyal country music fans. More horrendously, all three received death threats for practicing their freedom of speech. The whole experience took a toll on the group (Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire), and years later they decided to take a hiatus from touring together.
Maines made her statement in 2003, just after the Bush/Cheney administration invaded Iraq causing the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and nearly 5,000 American troops. She was, of course, was later redeemed.
This experience did not silence the anti-war activist who today continues to speak her mind and truth as she continues her solo career. Her latest comment this past weekend, on Twitter, lashes out at Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate, Ted Cruz. By way of Living Blue In Texas and Ashley Iasimone with Billboard Magazine, Maines tweets:
"Just so you know....I'm ashamed Ted Cruz is from America," Maines wrote on Twitter late Saturday night (Jan. 23).