By Jim Campbell
July 4th , 2018
Johnny Cash, lived and died in Nashville,Tennessee On September 12, 2003.
He was a native he was born in Kingsland, Arkansas of February 26, 1932.
Many today still believe his death is a hoax, it isn’t.
“I’m proud of this ragged old flag,” is probably one of the more patriotic tributes to the United states ever.
In April 1974, while the nation’s TV screens were tuned to the myriad twists and turns of the Watergate scandal, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon four months later.
Johnny Cash, long one of country music’s most outspoken, socially conscious entertainers released another of his “message” songs.
In the tradition of his previous spoken-word records “Man in Black” and “What Is Truth,” Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag” reflected the singer-songwriter’s patriotism and reaffirmed his faith in America at a time when many younger fans had still not forgiven him for visiting with Nixon at the White House two years earlier.
During that visit, however, after Nixon mentioned two of his favorite songs, “Okie From Muskogee” and “Welfare Cadillac,” (neither of which were Cash’s), the iconic (and ballsy) performer instead played the anti-Vietnam War “What Is Truth” for the then-Commander-in-Chief.
He then followed up with “Man in Black,” a theme to the downtrodden, and finished off with “The Ballad of Ira Hayes,” detailing the plight of Native Americans.