National Guard Press release: Kid Rock, Earnhardt featured in Army Guard advertising campaign 

The new “Warrior” campaign includes music from Kid Rock and features Dale Earnhardt Jr., the National Guard-sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. Over the next two months, the “Warrior” video will appear in more than 3,000 theaters and on over 27,000 screens around the country. The video and pre-show slides will air before every movie except those rated G and PG. Lt. Gen. Clyde Vaughn, the director of the Army National Guard, said during a Aug. 20 screening that the new campaign will make an impact. “There is no doubt in my mind that we’re going to attract a lot of folks that are interested in serving,” he said. “Obviously, we think we are really, really strong in all the communities around the country based on the things we did last year. We think we have irreversible momentum right now.” Kid Rock wrote the song, “Warrior,” specifically for the Army National Guard. He was chosen for this project, because of his popularity among the 17-24 year old market and his demonstrated support of the military, said Col. Mike Jones of the Army National Guard’s strength maintenance office. “He is as real as it comes,” Jones said. “And he was unapologetic about supporting the Army National Guard recruiting program.”…     

Notice that the Guard is running the Kid Rock Commericals during PG-13 movies but say that they chose Kid Rock because of his poularity among the “17-24 year old market.” They won’t admit it, but the Guard is really after the 13-16 year olds too (otherwise, why are they showing the film during PG-13 movies?) The good news is that Mr. Rock has created a truly attrocious video (that makes Toby Keith’s crappy songs sound downright sophisticated).Here it is… 

Several things stand out about this video to me. First, notice that the supposed scene from Iraq is almost comical. The kid with the soccer ball doesn’t even vaguely look Iraqi, and in real life there’s a decent chance the kid would have got his blown off for getting that close to the convoy. And of course the US troops in the video have spotlessly clean uniforms on and aren’t bone tired and jumpy from being shot at and worrying about IED’s.And what the heck does Dale have to do with this. And have Kid Rock or Dale ever been in the military? What credbility do these clowns have? (and don’t forget that the Army National Guard has even created a special website to promote this song and its message of death) And of course the song itself is crap.

Here are the lyrics… 

Warrior So don’t tell me who’s wrong and right When liberty starts slipping away And if you ain’t gonna fight Get out of the way ‘Cause freedom ain’t so free When you breathe red, white and blue I’m giving all of myself How ’bout you? And they call me warrior They call me loyalty And they call me ready to provide relief and help, I’m Wherever you need me to be I’m an American warrior Oh I’m an American warrior Citizen Soldier Ahhhhh Yeahhhhh!Citizen Soldier I’ll never leave another behind I will never accept defeat I’m a Soldier in war Civilian in peace ‘Cause freedom ain’t so free When you breathe red, white and blue I’m giving all of myself Cause that’s what I do And they call me warrior They call me loyalty And they call me ready to provide relief and help, I’m Wherever you need me to be I’m an American warrior Citizen Soldier    

 

So let’s go over this line again, “So don’t tell me who’s wrong and right When liberty starts slipping away And if you ain’t gonna fight Get out of the way ‘Cause freedom ain’t so free When you breathe red, white and blue.”   

Don’t tell me who’s wrong and right? What in the world? What does he mean? Maybe I’m taking this song too seriously, but I think he is saying that he doen’t want to be bothered by the morality of the war itself (the old “my country, right or wrong, but my country), and that if he is told that “liberty is slipping away” then he’ll fight. And then he goes on to say that if you “ain’t gonna fight, get out of the way.” 

Well I’m sorry Mr. Rock, but I will get in the way. What you are teaching is straight out of the playbook of the Third Reich. The Nuremberg Priniciples say that a soldier has the right, even the obligation to resist unjust orders. And I would argue that civilians have that same obligation too. I will do my best to help soldiers get out of the Army and to encourage young people to not drink the koolaide by enlisting. And I hope my readers will do the same. Don’t just refuse to fight, but get in the way of the machinery of death. 

CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) has embraced this path for a long time and I think it is a good one. When I first was shown this video from a friend (an Iraq war vet who also found it troubling), I was angry beyond words. Now though, I’m almost grateful because the crassness of Kid Rock’s message really helps to prove the point. The US Army is engaged in a propaganda war against American youth and against the Iraqi people.If you think Mr. Rock’s message is wrong, I would encourage you to speak out. Especially be sure and blog about it so that when kids google search about this song, they’ll find out the truth.