They’ll Ruin Your Country Then Piss on You for Sayin’ So

by | Aug 16, 2023

It should be no surprise that the faux-conservative “Rich Men North of Richmond” at the National Review don’t approve of the meteoric rise of singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony.

“Just what is it this time?” you might ask—did he oppose slaughtering a million Iraqis?

No, he wrote a few songs about the plight of the working man. In doing so, he placed the lion’s share of the blame exactly where it belongs—at the feet of Washington D.C.

The National Review’s response is to belittle Mr. Anthony and suggest that the economic hardship he sings about—by proxy, the economic hardship that the “other half” of the United States is facing—is his own fault:

Perhaps the National Review is trying to flex its own Conservative street cred—”just get a better job, son,” say the white collar cranks, whose headquarters is located in New York City.

A lot can be said about making excuses vs. picking yourself up by your bootstraps. I somehow doubt that the folks at the National Review have much direct experience with that.

Let them eat cake!—they chide. Go join the Navy! This is the poo-pooing of the very silver-spooned elites that this song was written about. And they know it.

Regardless, the type of struggle that Mr. Anthony is singing about has clearly struck a cord with tens of millions of fly-over Americans.

So, why all the effort to paint Mr. Anthony as a Trump Supporter? This hardship wrought by D.C. shouldn’t be a partisan issue.

Indeed, this isn’t about “just getting a better job.” We are three years removed from a time when these people’s jobs were deemed non-essential, their businesses shut down, and the value of the dollar looted by almost 1/5.  This affected almost all Americans.

Much like the wedding of Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party Movement, the last thing “the Rich Men in Richmond” want is for the common folk to unite against them.

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About Patrick Macfarlane

Patrick MacFarlane is the Justin Raimondo Fellow at the Libertarian Institute where he advocates a noninterventionist foreign policy. He is a Wisconsin attorney in private practice. He is the host of the Vital Dissent at, where he seeks to oppose calamitous escalation in US foreign policy by exposing establishment narratives with well-researched documentary content and insightful guest interviews. His work has appeared on,, and Zerohedge. He may be reached at

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