Charlie Daniels is taking a vacation of sorts from politics.
Days after the midterm elections, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” musician and noted conservative published a condemnation of the current political climate, writing, “To tell you the truth, I am sick and tired of politics.”
Daniels also called out President Trump’s “acerbic rhetoric” and the “long knives and personal vendettas” of “the loyal opposition.”
The country music icon went on to say that he’s “decided to cut my exposure to the political scene for the next couple of weeks.”
“The election is over, the people have spoken, and although there is probably not a baker’s dozen in America who are completely happy with the outcome, it is my fervent hope that our president will dial back his acerbic rhetoric and the loyal opposition will put away the long knives and personal vendettas and take what’s good for the country into consideration for a change,” Daniels began his jeremiad.
He continued, “To tell you the truth, I am sick and tired of politics, the acidic campaign ads, the back and forth of innuendo, hyperbole and anything that can be used to cast aspersions on the opposing candidate, truth, veracity and honesty, be damned.”
The musician added that, after months of devoting “way too many hours” of following ” the polls, the pundits, the commentators, the talking heads and the foul-mouthed fanatics who populated cable TV,” he “came away with a nasty, almost guilty feeling.”
Daniels continued that he has “a tendency to be an obsessive person,” and that, when it comes to politics and elections, “with the round the clock exposure, and the media’s obsessive coverage with every tick, the ‘panels of experts’ dissecting, critiquing, criticizing and theorizing, hour after hour, the perceptions changing with every air shift, but always repeating the same stories, the redundancy and diverse points of view can almost drill a hole in your brain and leave you more confused than ever.”
Read Daniels’ full column here.