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Leave Dolly Alone

Dolly Parton attends a red carpet gala event honoring her as the MusiCares person of the year, Los Angeles, Calif., February 8, 2019. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

A few of our friends on the left appear to be unnerved by Dolly Parton. This isn’t because they don’t like her — quite the reverse. They love her — worship her, even — but they don’t know how to reconcile their Dollymania with their politics. 

Dolly chooses to keep her public image almost entirely apolitical, which is strictly verboten by the canons of progressive political piety. Many progressives, especially the woke ones who work in the media, share the conviction of Thomas Mann that “everything is politics.” They believe there is no sphere of life or culture from which zero-sum


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