Elton John whined to BBC News about "censorship" in the US, which he blames on the administrations bullying tactics. The article states that he "likened the current fear factor to McCarthyism in the 1950s." His evidence is the different treatment received by pro- versus anti-war artists:
"On the one hand, you have someone like Toby Keith, who has come out and been very supportive of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq - which is OK because America is a democracy and Toby Keith is entitled to say what he thinks and feels.
"But, on the other hand, the Dixie Chicks got shot down in flames last year for criticising the president. They were treated like they were being un-American, when in fact they have every right to say whatever they want about him because hes freely elected, and therefore accountable."
What Sir Elton fails to recognize is that this was not a government response, but a listener response. Bush didnt hold protests against the Dixie Chicks, country music listeners did. Elsewhere in the article, Elton longed for the anti-war glory days of the 60s. It seems apparent what he is not looking for is free speech, it is anti-war speech. What he fails to recognize is that when Americans get together to say that they dont like artists trashing the American President on foreign soil, that is also free speech.