somebody in a helicopter might come down a rope on you
Merle (Oakie from Muskogee) Haggard's politics have undergone a transition to the liberal in recent years. For those who don't know, Merle has had the benefit of seeing life from both the inside of the big house and the outside, so I imagine freedom is a cherished commodity. Below are a few excerpts from the interview:
In the new "What Happened?" you wonder where America went. Any theories?
In the last 10 years, we've lost most of what we claim to be fighting for. We have a police state -- helicopters flying above houses, looking to see if they can see some marijuana. America has gone downhill.
You're not shy about expressing your political opinions, are you?
I should be. I got a family, and there's somebody liable to kill me. But it's still a free country -- to a point. You can't really say a lot of things nowadays or somebody in a helicopter might come down a rope on you.(T)here are some conditions in the United States that don't resemble Americanism. Where are the people that care about freedom? We're overseas fighting for it and people are giving their life for it when it doesn't even exist here.
The last bit seems especially poignant. He may be an Okie, but he's not dumb.