Until recently, there have been two main political schools of thought in country music. The first calls upon its acolytes to challenge and/or vilify America's enemies in ways that are as simple and straightforward as a steel-toed boot to the groin. A contemporary example is Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," in which the thickly muscled belter declares, "The eagle will fly and it's gonna be hell/When you hear Mother Freedom start ringing her bell." Students of the second, meanwhile, are generally subtler from a musical and lyrical standpoint, and allow sensitivity to creep into the mix. Consider Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," a 2001 effort in which the crooner concedes that while he doesn't know "the difference in Iraq and Iran" (betcha he does now), he understands through his knowledge of Jesus that "faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us/And the... More >>>