Now, before you go accusing me of advocating sexual assault, I want you to know that I'm just trying to make a point.
On Monday morning, Williams appeared on Fox News and referred to Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner's June golf outing with Obama as one of the "biggest political mistakes ever" by the Ohio politician.
"It's like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu," the country singer said of the bipartisan golf game. The hosts of the conservative network's "Fox & Friends" morning program seemed surprised by the comment, with co-anchor Gretchen Carlson asking Williams to clarify what he meant by the inflammatory statement, saying, "You used the name of one of the most-hated people in all the world to describe, I think, the president."
Williams responded, "That's true … but I'm telling you like it is."
Today, after 24 hours of sober reflection, Williams clarified that he compared a friendly golf outing to the Holocaust … to make a point.
Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme – but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me – how ludicrous that pairing was. They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the President.
Every time the media brings up the tea party it’s painted as racist and extremists – but there’s never a backlash – no outrage to those comparisons… Working class people are hurting – and it doesn’t seem like anybody cares. When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole when everybody else is without a job – it makes a whole lot of us angry. Something has to change. The policies have to change.
Right about now you're probably asking yourself, what was Hank's point?
Was it that because the media suggest the Tea Party movement has extremists in its ranks, Tea Party friends like Hank might as well remove all doubt by comparing a President whose views would pass for moderate in France to the worst murderer in history?
No. That can't be it.
Maybe it was that American politics is just for show, a game played to keep the rubes entertained while behind the scenes evil men plot genocide at an exclusive golf course, just like the Wannsee Conference.
No. It must be something else.
It could be that Hank was trying to tell us that being a rich celebrity, surrounded by fawning yes-men 24 hours a day, means never having to take responsibility for saying whatever damned fool thing pops out of your corkhole, just like Mel Gibson.
Maybe best not bring up Mel Gibson.
Could it be that what Hank was saying is that American celebrity culture is just a modern form of idol worship, in which shallow airheads who haven't got a real thought in their empty heads are held up as false gods with feet of clay? That celebrities like Hank Williams, Jr. have less business spouting their idiot opinions on politics than an average auto mechanic?
It couldn't be that.
But you can be sure that Hank had a point, and that the point will be made clear, just as long as we continue to buy Hank's cds and download Hank's songs.