Airing your political views is supposed to be a bad move for artists. Say the wrong thing and some fans might not like you anymore — just ask the Dixie Chicks.
Not everyone follows that rule, and Toby Keith in particular is known to speak his mind. Ask him a question, he’ll probably give you an answer. And that’s exactly what happened when he talked with CNN about health care, the White House and the Tea Party.
Since Toby’s been portrayed as a conservative, his answers might shock fans who haven’t been paying close attention the last few years. But he grew up a Democrat, even though he’s been known to back a Republican or two. Right now, he sounds fed up with the whole system, which is probably why he can get away with talking about it. His disappointment with Washington means he’s not much different than the rest of the citizens.
Perhaps the biggest surprise: Toby’s a health-care supporter.
“I think it’s important that we have something in place for the people in this country who can’t afford health care for their children,” he told CNN. “That being said, I don’t know what kind of health care we’ve got in place right now. I don’t think [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and all of them actually read the whole thing when they put it in.”
Least surprising: Toby doesn’t seem to think anybody is operating with complete honesty. And that means he’s not too optimistic that things will ever get completely straightened out.
“We don’t have anybody from the Republican Party who’s going to step in and do any better than what’s going on right now,” Toby lamented, “and the guy that’s in there now isn’t doing any better than the last guy. Somebody’s got to stand up and run it that will walk in and not BS everybody.”
Toby’s new album, Bullets In The Gun, debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart. No BS.