Jingoism made cash registers jingle, so many twangers pushed political songs. "Have You Forgotten?", Darryl Worley's 2003 chart topper chimed in the heartland - or at least with radio programmers - as it reiterated the comfortable theme of national definition through military action. "Have you forgotten how it felt that day? To see your homeland under fire and her people blown away?" went the chorus, which closed with a riposte to those who had gone soft on terror: "And you say we shouldn't worry about bin Laden; have you forgotten?" Worley's lyrics described a "country just out looking for a fight." Similarly, Toby Keith's selfconsciously anthemic "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)," a song he wrote before 9/11 but released after, was a Dadaesque collage of patriotic images and blustery threats.Andres Contreras - marketed as the "unofficial corridista of the Zapatista revolution" - provided an early example via his "Bin Laden, El Error De La CIA." He described the Taliban and OBL as acquitting themselves with "singular valor," Laura Bush as a "hag," Osama as "brave" and the best gringo-killer of all time, and al-Qaeda as operating with "singular gallantry" in opposition to "North American imperialism" and "the Zionist jackals." Other corridistas voiced similar opinions - until the election of Barack Obama.
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