Shut up and sing.
In an interview with Charlie Rose, musician James Taylor issued a harsh rebuke to many aspects of the United States political system — and Karl Rove, in particular.
“To me, the Founding Fathers are the dream and the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln are where the rubber hits the road. That’s where this country sort of manifests it and that’s where the division manifested. And we still suffer from those divisions of the Civil War. We are still fighting the Civil War, I think. And there are people who, to their discredit, there are people who mine and encourage us to refight the Civil War. They find political strength from doing that. I’m talking about Karl Rove here. Reopening those wounds of the Civil War for political base and to hide their political agenda, which is elitist, which you can’t sell to a whole bunch of people because it doesn’t benefit them.”
The interview was filmed before Taylor’s performance at Monday’s presidential inauguration ceremony but aired Tuesday night. In discussing the lyrics to “America the Beautiful,” which Taylor performed, the musician expanded on corporate culture in America.