For years, Swift didn't speak up about political issues as she feared a backlash. She'd seen the negative effect it had on the Dixie Chicks' career when they criticized President George W. Bush in the lead-up to the US-led invasion of Iraq. The songstess also didn't feel she had enough knowledge to be politically vocal. In a 2012 interview, Swift remarked that in spite of keeping herself "as educated and informed as possible," she does not discuss politics, fearing that might influence other people.
" star ended her political silence in 2018, when she endorsed candidates in the November midterm elections. Swift declared her support for two Tennessee Democratic candidates - Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper - in an Instagram post.
In this song's second verse, it is clear she takes a dim view of America's political elite.Who seems to care
American stories burning before me
I'm feeling helpless, the damsels are depressed
Boys will be boys then, where are the wise men?
Darling, I'm scared
Swift explained to Rolling Stone
the lyric is "about the illusions of what I thought America was before our political landscape took this turn, and that naiveté that we used to have about it."
The pop superstar added that she was "also thinking about the idea of people who live in America, who just want to live their lives, make a living, have a family, love who they love, and watching those people lose their rights, or watching those people feel not at home in their home."