Shuttin Detroit Down By John Rich

Son Of A Preacher Man

2009 | Country

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“Well pardon me if I don't shed a tear. -- Their selling make believe and we don't buy that here."


  • The song hit #12 on the Hot Country Songs chart & #75 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • John Rich is one half of the country duo Big & Rich.
  • Rich wrote the song in one hour along with country singer John Anderson, after watching the news.


Luke Tatum

Do you recall the outrage that so many people had after watching our (no doubt benevolent!) rulers vote to bail out major US companies during the so-called "Great Recession?" If that's not corporate welfare, then I don't know what is. Occupy Wall Street used to be a commonly recognized name. People spray-painted things like "no bailout for me" on the garage door of their repossessed homes. There was another side, too: hopelessness lead to rash financial decisions, broken homes, and even suicides. While I can never identify with the "eat the rich," voraciously hateful crowd that believes banking, money or private property are the root of all evil, I can definitely understand the gut reaction to this event is to despise those responsible. Pull the regulatory framework that allows these people to be enriched at our expense, then. Whether a bailout or an income tax, it's all theft and should be treated as such.

Sherry Voluntary

I heard this song for the first time tonight. I count this song as an aggression on my ears, and I’m gonna slap Nicky P. if I ever see him, for making me listen to it. It’s not completely wrong, but it’s so typically bubba that I wanted to puke on a flag just to balance things out. That said, it’s completely correct about one thing. The people who caused the terrible recession that damaged thousands upon thousands in this country, were the ones who also made a killing in the bailout and had no consequences for their terrible mismanagement. If that recession wasn’t the best example of the collusion and cronyism of The State and Corporations then I don’t know what is. Worse yet, the old flag waving normies see how absolutely unjust the whole thing was, but then turn around, flags in hand, and vote for the same folks that caused the problems and defend them if they have the appropriate letter by their name. What’s the definition of insanity again?

Nicky P

This song I questioned adding because amusingly enough the car industry is one of the biggest receivers of government money during the bailouts during the 2008 recession. Ultimately as I made the decision that there are some genuine libertarian talking points in the song even if they're buried under the whoa is me blue collar trope. Now, while I imagine these people would disagree with the harsh austrian medicine of saying let the businesses fail they do make note that the people walking away from this all unscathed are those who mismanaged the businesses so poorly in the first place. These same individuals are the ones that have manged to play the shell game with those in Washington. It's no surprise that so much of the wealth in America resides in the counties surrounding DC and NYC. And that's the crux of my argument for inclusion. Normies are often adept at seeing the issue but make mistakes in attribution. They see the rich man as the problem but wealth gained by meeting needs is no issue, please lets have a trillion honest billionaires. The issue is that governmental interference incentivizes graft so we often see the wealth as the problem and not the system that warps it to reward the liars.

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Nicky P