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Prophet 451 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-24-07 02:46 PM
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38. Few reasons
And, admittedly, it's mainly guilt by association:
1: The South gave us W, Cheney, Rove and Tom DeLay. In fact, the South seems to specialise in bugfuck insane conservatives.

2: Fundementalism and Rapture theology started in the South. In fact, the entire Religious Reich with all it's attendant sub-cults, started as a Southern thing.

3: Southerners very, very often give the impression that they consider themselves more "American" than the rest of you (I'm a Brit so it doesn't apply to me). There's this stereotype of Southerners as rugged, humble, pious "True Americans" and certainly more authentically American than anyone in the North. In many ways, it's like the South still bears a huge grudge over Reconstruction and still has it in for the North. Personally, I think Jesusland should go ahead and secede and this time, the North would be wise to let them.

4: There's a certain "take no bull" mentality which usually translates into "punch first, forget the questions" (I base this on visiting parts of the South and the published works of Molly Ivins).

5: Electoral college votes weighted in such a way as to give the South far more influence than it's population warrants.


That isn't to say that Southern Democrats shouldn't be supported. In fact, they very much should be in hopes of reversing the above but it would be nice to see a President who hadn't firmly alligned himself with the South or Mid-West. Look at where the political power players have been from (or the areas they have adopted as their home) for the last twenty years and it's disproportionatly Southern. Hell, for much of W's first term, the President, VP and Speaker were all from the same state!
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