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Hannity & Colmes Sings The Good News About Dying In War

Reported by Ellen - August 28, 2005

Friday, 8/26/05, was another day of important developments in Iraq. Not that you'd know that from watching Hannity & Colmes. On H&C, all the international news is from Aruba. But at the end of the show there was a "special tribute," as Oliver North (subbing for Sean Hannity) called it. Singer Trace Adkins performed "Arlington" in which a dead soldier sings about how glad he is to be in the Arlington National Cemetary. The FOX News message is clear. There's nothing interesting about the mission of our troops, what they're facing or how it's going - but they are fortunate to have had the opportunity to die for their country.

Adkins described his song as "the most important, lyrically" that he has ever done. I have no reason to doubt his sincerity but there is also no doubt that the song is a paean to dying in war. What a coincidence that H&C should showcase this song just when Cindy Sheehan's protest in Crawford should be capturing the national spotlight and when Bush has called for "more sacrifice" in Iraq. Here's a sample of the lyrics:

I never thought that this is where I'd settle down.
I thought I'd die an old man back in my hometown.
They gave me this plot of land,
Me and some other men, for a job well done.

...And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property.
I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company.
I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done.
I can rest in peace;
I'm one of the chosen ones:
I made it to Arlington.

...And everytime I hear twenty-one guns,
I know they brought another hero home to us.

...Yeah, dust to dust,
Don't cry for us:
We made it to Arlington.

FOX News loves to pay lip service to supporting our troops but when it's time to put their money where their mouths are, it's President Bush and his policies that get all the backing.

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