Category Archives: Southern Strategy

The Real Queen of Mean

Remember the mock-up of the First Lady as Marie Antoinette, because the Republicans thought she was way above their version of her “station” in planning a holiday abroad (paid for by herself and not by the American people)?

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Old Racists Never Die …

They just want to see the microfilm … unless they can see the afterbirth.

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John Sununu’s Pot and Kettle Moment

Seems there’s yet another euphemism for the word “black” in American English: unAmerican. Because that’s really what Republicans mean when they say that about our current President. So, here’s what Romney surrogate and attack dog, John Sununu, had to say … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Southern Death Penalty

Regular readers will know that I have mixed feelings on the death penalty, yet there is no denying that execution has been applied unequally. In fact, looking at this map from The Economist, there is a clear regional bias. States … Continue reading

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When Bigots Don’t Know They’re Bigots, Southern Liberals Bite Back … With Teeth

The Civil War ended in 1865. The South lost. Believe me, I have got over it, and so have most people I know in the region. My family fought for both sides, but then, my family has been fighting each … Continue reading

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Trayvon Martin and the Shot Heard ‘Round the Suburbs

Culture war escalated into a shooting war in Sanford. Florida’s NRA-written “stand your ground” law was passed as an expansion of the right of self-defense, but that’s not what it does. This is no accident; it was deliberate business strategy. By … Continue reading

Posted in Civilization, Eliminationist Rhetoric, gun culture, Kulturkampf, Kulturkrieg, racism, Southern Strategy | 553 Comments

Conservative Culture Sows the Seeds of its Own Demise

Millennials, who will be the decisive cohort in future national elections, are less religious than previous generations and less likely to respond to social wedge issues. Evangelicals, on the other hand, are voting in record numbers in the Republican primaries — in fact, they make up half … Continue reading

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Left Coast Bigotry

I watched Bill Maher’s show this week, and I was offended. I was and am offended by the level of ignorance that he imparts every week in making some sort of comment or observation about the South. Maher, like many … Continue reading

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Bill Maher Still Doesn’t Get It Even in Real Time

This week’s edition of Real Time with Bill Maher only re-enforced the notion of how enclosed Bill is in the privileged, little bubble of Beverly Hills, which is a sub-division of Left Coast Liberalism at its ugliest. People have accused … Continue reading

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When the Republicans Become the Pitiful People’s Party

Take a look at the picture above. What is its most striking aspect? On first glance, it’s a picture of people, of all ages and sizes, but one colour. And they don’t look happy at all. They look somber, miserable, … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Conservatism in Decline

In its quantitative form, politics is about vote counts and polling data. In its qualitiative form, politics is about the state and the relative power of the many kinds of people in it. Today’s conservative problem is the diminishing power … Continue reading

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