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They Won’t Back Down: Top 10 Pro-Freedom Pop Songs

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Posted on December 19 2010 4:00 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

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9.  I Got it Honest—Aaron Tippin

Aaron Tippin attracted attention for consciously patriotic tunes like “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly,” post-9/11; and has become Mr. Tea Party for singing “You’ve Got to Stand for Something (Or You’ll Fall for Anything)” at Palin rallies while hinting that the media should “Kiss This,” and singing “Drill Here, Drill Now.

But I still like his first big hit, “I Got it Honest,” a more personal ode to American values and hard work, in the tradition of Charlie Daniels “Long Haired Country Boy.”

If I didn’t earn it, then buddy I don’t want it

That way I can always say, I got it honest

Too many workin’ man anthems focus on injustice or griping about how they are geting screwed by the man.  This guy doesn’t seem “to have his share of the promise,’ but he’s “damn proud of what [he has] accomplished.”  American independence at its best.

Next: Southern pride…

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