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You make a lot of valid points in a funny, borderline offensive article, but you also have a lot of raging overgeneralizations.
Thanks for the laughs, and for the legitimate points you squeezed in, but please recognize that there's a lot to love about the south. I'm a southerner, and the south - with all its flaws and hypocrisies - will always be home to me, and will always be ultimately lovable and beautiful in my eyes. And please, please, please get your history right. Plymouth would probably have happened regardless of Jamestown's existence, but I hate to think where the US would be without the authors of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
The most oppressive conditions often create the best art.
2nd we have less tax than you
3rd we have less regulations than you.... reason why we have business here starting and you have nothing!
I know this b/c part of my family is from NY and all the work and people is leaving b/c of the high tax.... lots of laws and no work.
Dont piss about guns if you've never seen shot or held a gun. you city fucks need to understand some shit before you go off being all liberal. VA NC SC and GA all were in the Revolution so it was not just the North that was in it.... in fact the last or one of the last battles was in Yorktown VA and thats where the Brits got trapped by the US and French forces so ha. the north east and cali need to split from the rest of the country and become their own soviet style country. bitch about the south but we still have more work.. less tax and more freedom than you fuck ups in the north east. the south is booming and your on the way out. fuck the north fuck the liberals.
And for you Europeans who think the south is cool because of the Blues, I can vouch as a Southerner that I have never once seen a black man play a guitar anywhere in the South. It's like the Indian on a horse bit: you just dont see them riding horses anymore! All cliches.
Also. if you hate The South as I do, you know to hate also the Europeans and crankee Yankee types who are pro-southern. There are plenty of idiots in the North who have confederate flags and act like rednecks, just like in Europe.
When you say "fuck the south", you really have to buckle down and figure out some alternatives, because the rest of the world thinks southerners are merely clowns that have blues music. You can count on only limited support from Europe or Canada in this venture. Canadians after all often make fun of the Yankee accent rather than the southern one.
That is why I suggest the Green Party and actually giving up on car ownership. I myself don't own a car or rely on oil from the South or the Middle East.
Many Americans do not have the intelligence to grasp the gravity of this. It means literally that the very freedom of choosing their own president is not clear. Since our president has to have Ulster roots, we are thus not free either way.
Ahem. "ocra", when properly spelled is okra.
I can't count the number of times I was told "we don't like Yankees 'round here", by total strangers in diners. In every case it was one guy with 3 or 4 guys to back him up...they are that brave in Texas.
I found southerners, and particularly Texans to be arrogant, rude, arrogant, stupid, arrogant, crude, arrogant, dishonest, very, very holy in what they say they believe, not so much in their behavior, and ....did I say arrogant?
Fuck all of them.
Can you hear me now???
What a complete a@#hole...But exactly what I expect out of a Mass. Liberal uneducated "elite" voter....I forget, was this written before or after OWS?....lol
Sure the Govt. bankrolled the electrification of the South using the TVA, but it wasn't as if the US as a whole didn't benefit. Conservatives decry "Socialism" in Govt. expenditures (like the TVA), but doing so ended up playing a crucial role in winning WWII: TVA provided the power to create all that aluminum needed for our aircraft, and for purifying uranium to make nuclear weapons. The sad thing is how some of our populace wants to believe they'd somehow be better off outside the whole.
I love my state (MA), and New England, just like residents of other states feel about their homes. The gay couples in our state have no bearing on my marriage, outside of some being our friends and neighbors. We get divorced less because we tend to do it (get married) when we mean it, not just for sex. OTOH our teen pregnancy rate is amongst the lowest, and by region the lowest, so maybe education and prevention are what are required to truly defend the institution of marriage (from problem marriages caused by unplanned pregnancies). But of course the education thing is a social policy...
So many of our problems are self inflicted, but the concept of "divide and conquer" has worked since humans have existed. Too bad the people who want to rape our shared resources, and create special interest controllers, don't read our currency; you know the "e pluribus unum" thing.
Side note: Let's do a quick hypothetical. If your type of mindset becomes more than just a way of thinking in the North, and the U.S. did happen to segregate - blues vs. reds - I hate to break it to you buddy, but uh, blues would be crushed. Simple use of logic, who would win it a fight? Heavy gun controlled states, or states that actually practice the 2nd amendment? I, for example, have three Assault Rifles, two Shotguns, four Pistols, and two Sniper Rifles with a few hundred rounds of ammunition for each. Why? Because I can. And I'm just one person who is actually not a toothless, ignorant redneck. Imagine what those guys have?
Just something to think about if something like this does escalate in the future. Thought experiments are fun.
Then there's my man Thomas Jefferson, another slave-owning Virginian. What did he do again? Oh right - he wrote the Declaration of Independence, argued against that Yankee Hamilton's power-hungry federalist campaign. It's still the same today, by the way - Yankees still want to tell everyone what to do all the time. Oh yeah, also... the Louisiana Purchase! Boom!
James Madison is yet another slave-owning Virginian. What did he do? Bill of Rights - authored. Continuing to save us all from those who try to deny us our negative liberties, ie. Yankees.
As far as "letting us go", I'd be happy to go. I don't want to be at all affiliated with you loud-mouth, know-it-all followers. No-manner having carpet-baggers! Go home. You've never been and remain unwelcome in the south. That means. N Carolina, N. Virginia, New Orleans, and elsewhere.
Also, you can't have bluegrass and BBQ and try to make that your own either. You don't understand it and you never will.
Stay home and leave us alone.