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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bank On It: The South Is Always Wrong


Every time Southerners agree on something, they're wrong.

Slavery

Jim Crow

The Klan

Lynching

Not only "No New Taxes" but "Ever Lower Taxes"

Religious fundamentalism

Biblical literalism

Tobacco profiteering

Opposition to organized labor

Gun giddiness

Hate groups

The belief that violence is a solution to every problem

Capital punishment

Immediate unquestioning support for Uncle Sam's "next" war

Lousy educational systems

Aggressively ignorant Know Nothing Nativism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_nothing

The worst health indicators in the nation

The highest divorce rates in the nation

Stated opposition to "welfare" despite being the nation's chief beneficiaries of federal "handouts"

"Red State Moocher Links"  

Incest and in-breeding. (Maybe that’s what’s wrong; Southerners have created a self-destructive gene pool…)

Fiercest opposition to The Affordable Care Act

And now -- to make a "clean sweep" -- prohibition of same-sex marriage. (Somewhat surprisingly, Catholics "see the light" on gay marriage and support it 51% to 47%. Of course, Catholics live in blue states, which is to say they don't automatically see "red.")

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"Blue States Secede"
... featuring "Fuck the South"

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"The terrible thing about our time is precisely the ease with which theories can be put into practice.  The more perfect, the more idealistic the theories, the more dreadful is their realization.  We are at last beginning to rediscover what perhaps men knew better in very ancient times, in primitive times before utopias were thought of: that liberty is bound up with imperfection, and that limitations, imperfections, errors are not only unavoidable but also salutary. The best is not the ideal.  Where what is theoretically best is imposed on everyone as the norm, then there is no longer any room even to be good.  The best, imposed as a norm, becomes evil.”  
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander by Trappist monk, Fr.Thomas Merton 




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