This is from way back, a March 3 post on Micah Holmquist's blog
, examining how some songs work (which actually also describes how some propaganda works):
"All three songs on the surface talk to those who disagree with the speaker in each song and yet have become celebrations for those who do agree with the speaker. This isn't unique to right-wing country songs, as most pop and country songs that have sing-along appeal have it because the audience identifies with the speaker, but it does suggest that the point to these very political songs is not convince or change minds but rather to create a common bond based on a few shared stands and a belief that too many people don't see things the way they ought to, which is to say the way the song does."
Erik Boehlert continues the discussion with his worry piece,"No. 1 with a bullet."
Update: forgot to include this link to the lyrics (from 3/3/03 Chicago Tribune feature)