Yes, that Charlie Daniels. The 73-year-old fiddle-playing country star is best known for his hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia, which tells the story of a Georgian boy named Johnny who wins a violin-playing contest with Satan. After decades of writing politically tinged songs ("In America" is a reflection on the Iran hostage crisis), Daniels is taking a more direct role in the political process: blogging. Daniels is not prolific--he still has more gold records than blog posts to his name--but he does not disappoint. Today, he muses on the ongoing oil spill and the role of energy policy. The post begins:
I believe the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the fault and responsibility of British Petroleum, and I believe they should be held accountable and made to pay for stopping the leak, cleaning up the water, beaches and wetlands, even if it takes every cent the company makes for the next ten years.
I believe that they should be sued by the feds, the state government and the families who are suffering from the millions of gallons of crude oil that's not only poisoning their waters but also threatening their very way of life.
And having said that, I want to say this.
Now is not the time for lawsuits, finger pointing, meaningless meetings and bureaucratic BS.
Now is the time for action and all energy should be focused on getting the spill stopped and the mess cleaned up.
Eric Holder's presence on the Gulf Coast is about as useless as mammary glands on a boar hog. The time will come for lawsuits and plenty of them, but right now anything that distracts from fixing the catastrophe in the Gulf should be put on the back burner.
If Holder wants to do something useful he should investigate the Sestak situation. Fat chance of that.
You can check out the rest of Charlie Daniels' Newsbusters blog here.