COPPERHEADS

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 | Uncategorized

It may interest you to know that a significant number of those Americans who think that Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox was a devastating tragedy, maybe even most of them, reside north of the Mason-Dixon Line and probably have never been to, have no ancestors from and have no interest in visiting that large area south of it. 

If a leftist Yankee travel writer named Chuck Thompson, author of Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, ever put together a list of the worst American presidents, George W. Bush would probably come in second behind Abraham Lincoln.  In the Wall Street Journal, Barton Swaim reviews the book:

On the first page, the author wonders why the American electoral system must be “held hostage by a coalition of bought-and-paid-for political swamp scum from the most uneducated, morbidly obese, racist, morally indigent, xenophobic, socially stunted, and generally ass-backwards part of the country.” You expect him to let up, to turn the argument around, to look at the other side of question. But he never does. For more than 300 pages, Mr. Thompson travels through the South observing customs, outlooks and people and subjecting them to an unremitting stream of denunciations.

The American South is certainly not above criticism or satire.  And many writers from other parts of the country or the world have visited the South and written useful and interesting books about their experiences.  Thompson, on the other hand, made up his mind beforehand and went looking for what he thought he needed to see.

Now, the South—I say this as a Southerner myself—ought to be fertile territory for any writer with even a modest talent for exposing inanities. From “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1876) to the Englishman Nick Middleton’s “Ice Tea and Elvis” (1999), the American South has provided writers of satire with a ready source of targets: genteel hypocrites, proud ignoramuses, religious fraudsters. But unlike others from outside the South who have written about it—think of Jonathan Raban’s marvelous “Old Glory” (1981) or V.S. Naipaul’s “A Turn in the South” (1989)—Mr. Thompson didn’t set out on his travels to discover things he didn’t know before. He went to see the ridiculous and dreadful things he knew would be there, which is a different approach altogether.

In six essay-like chapters—on the South’s religion, politics, race relations, public education, economic policies and its obsession with, as he thinks, the region’s overrated college football teams—Mr. Thompson tries to show that the American South is so culturally detached from the rest of America as to constitute what really ought to be its own country. He deserves some credit, in these days of lazy punditry, for actually traveling to the places he writes about: Memphis; Columbia, S.C.; Athens, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; Little Rock; and a lot of little places in between. But typically he just makes a beeline for some small-town gathering, a church or a bar, finds someone with cranky opinions, gets into an argument about politics or religion, and—at least in his own retelling—slays his opponent.

Thompson’s imaginary Confederate States of America is a LOT bigger than the original.

You begin to sense that something is seriously awry when the author, evidently unable to find enough cranks and simpletons to fill out a whole book on the South, keeps looking beyond the Confederacy’s borders for material. First he zings House Speaker John Boehner for some offense. Isn’t Rep. Boehner from Ohio? Yes, from Cincinnati, but that’s just across the Ohio River from Kentucky, so he counts as a Southerner. We hear about a public-school teacher who urges his students to believe the Bible infallible. This takes place in Cleveland, but because the teacher had once attended a seminary in Kentucky, it’s an instance of Southern “biblical literalism” infecting the entire country. Mr. Thompson derides U.S. Rep. John Shimkus for citing Genesis as a reason not to worry about global warming. Isn’t Mr. Shimkus from Illinois? Yes, but he is from “an area of southern Illinois settled almost entirely by farmers from Kentucky.” By the book’s halfway point, it’s clear that Mr. Thompson’s problem with Southerners isn’t that they are insular, angry or prone to illusions. It’s that, with exceptions, their political views are insufficiently left-wing.

Thompson ignores or dismisses anyone who dissents from the narrative.  Like African-Americans who’ve moved to the South and like living there.

He is outraged, for example, to discover the close proximity of poor black and middle-class white neighborhoods in Southern cities. Of course, he is hardly the first outsider to notice it. Naipaul, in “A Turn in the South,” recalls riding in a car with a black woman near Greensboro, N.C.: “Hetty knew the land well,” he writes. “She knew who owned what. It was like a chant from her, as we drove: ‘Black people there, black people there, white people there. Black people, black people, white people, black people. All this side black people, all this side white people.” The intermingling of black and white neighborhoods can unsettle an outsider, true enough. Still, it’s not obvious to me that this is more reprehensible than the way in which many American cities outside the South contain vastly populated areas of racial uniformity.

Here’s how Mr. Thompson treats the same subject: In Laurens, S.C., he’s shown the street that “where stately, well-manicured ‘Southern Living’ mansions become Tijuana in the time it takes to run a red light.” Places like Little Rock and Memphis, he says, “are arranged along the lines of Third World horror shows; wide streets lined with opulent, plantation-style homes sitting just around the block from apocalyptic Negro wastelands.” Leave aside Mr. Thompson’s rather too superior descriptions of poor black neighborhoods (did he really use the term “Negro”?). More disturbing is his refusal to take seriously any evidence that Southern racism has diminished, even when that evidence comes from African-Americans themselves.

He is aware of reports in the New York Times and elsewhere that black Americans are moving to the South in record numbers. A black New York native living in Oxford, Miss., tells him, “I love it here.” But Mr. Thompson dismisses what he calls “breathless predictions of a post-racial South.” They just make him look harder for racism—and of course he finds it. He makes his way to the Redneck Shop in Laurens, a place that openly sells white supremacist paraphernalia.

Some of the customer reviews of this book at Amazon are interesting.  Here’s a Yankee.

I earned a master’s degree at LSU. I also grew up in an area of southern Ohio that Thompson correctly refers to as “Little Dixie.” I know first hand what it’s like to live in the South.

The South is a political sewer. There’s no way to sugarcoat this fact. Its political culture is shaped by a bunch of political criminals and treasonous rednecks who are still licking their wounds over the fact that they got their butts kicked in a war 150 years ago. They imagine that their Civil War cause was “pure and just”, then moralize their failure as resulting from some type of higher purity that the barbaric, heathen North was able to exploit.

I’m getting sick and DAMN tired of being governed by these psychotic, right-wing lumpenproletariat. Lincoln’s heart was in the right place, but his brain was out to lunch. Let’s correct his mistake and kick them out of our Union. The new C.S.A. will, in short order, become a Third World cesspool that will make Haiti look like a shining example of modern governance.

Here’s another one.

At first I thought this book would be a humorous rant about southern foibles. It’s not; it’s deadly serious and its statistics are accurate, I have checked many of them. Chuck Thompson’s writing style is, I admit, strong to the point of offending people with genteel sensibilities, but in view of the extreme seriousness of the situation, his tone and language is well chosen to bang some heads with a two-by-four. Until I read this book, I was dumbfounded as to why some people consistently voted against their own interest by buying into the vacuous apple pie and motherhood of today’s conservative politicos and distorted Fox “news” shows. I thought it was simple manipulation of voters on single issue hot buttons, smart marketing by “suits” who made a fast buck by selling out their opinion manipulating skills to well funded political interests. But that’s just the egregious, visible tip of the iceberg. Chris Mooney’s “The Republican Brain”–another book I read to try to understand the success of this phenomenon–helped to understand the psychological dichotomy that explains it. But what “Better Off Without Em” documents is a much more overwhelming, powerful, long-lived and insidious philosophy that overarches simple opinion manipulation based on carefully crafted misinformation. Thompson documents the downright corrosive influence that has festered in the south since before the civil war and has been leaching out into other parts of the country even as it hypocritically leeches resources from the north. I, and I suspect, many other people growing up in western states never really thought much about the south except to think that there was some good reason the north didn’t want to see it leave the Union. I knew the south consistently ranked lowest in support for education and that it was the bastion of strange “revealed wisdom” notions in conflict with what science has learned about the earth and the universe. But I encourage everyone to read Chuck Thompson’s book. Once you do, you’ll see how the current political polarization is actually due to the increasing influence of the anti-common man “plantation” mentality of the southern elite–the southern “1%”. Enabled by the Citizen’s United decision of the Supreme Court’s politicized conservative majority, this elite is now funneling huge sums into political campaigns to bring Plantation America to all of us. I truly feel sorry for the 99% in the south who, although well-intentioned, have been used badly and duped into thinking that they are where God wants them to be and that everyone needs what they have. What the southern mentality represents is an abomination. Chuck Thompson has done a tremendous public service by developing this book. I encourage all concerned Americans to read it and see why I say that.

And here’s a Southron.

I would be glad to part ways with the North. Let’s see how quickly they come crawling back when they are starving.

During one or another of this country’s oil crises, I remember hearing about Texas bumper stickers that read something along the lines of “Drive 90.  Let the Yankees Freeze in the Dark.”  And thereby hangs the problem for guys like Chuck Thompson.

Thompson doesn’t seem to realize that the values he quite obviously despises have spread far beyond the borders of the original Confederate States.  Missouri and Kentucky would definitely be part of a new CSA this time around while Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming are as “Confederate” as states can possibly be.

Oklahoma is obviously in as are Utah, Idaho and probably Montana.  The Mississippi River would be closed to Thompson’s United States.  It’s easy to imagine a revived “Confederate States of America” stretching from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border and even including Alaska which means that Thompson’s United States would lose a fair amount of its productive farm land and almost all of its oil.

Add to this the number of US states that would split in two if given the chance.  At least some of Florida would go out.  Iowa would be questionable as would Indiana.  “Egypt,” the southern half of Illinois, would jump at the possibility of finally and forever freeing itself from Cook County’s dictatorship. 

If their fondest wish is granted, Chuck Thompson and all the rest of his anti-Southern friends might very well end up freezing to death in the dark.  Assuming, of course, that they don’t starve to death in the daytime first.  So laugh it up, Chuck.

44 Comments to COPPERHEADS

Donald R. McClarey
August 23, 2012

As an unreconstructed Yankee and one of Abe Lincoln’s biggest fans on the net, I am appalled by this book. The type of raw vitriolic hatred that passes for political discourse on the Left in this country bodes ill for domestic tranquility in this country. What these losers never comprehend is that if there was another Civil War in this country along ideological lines, they would quickly find themselves at Appomattox and wondering if they got to keep their lattes after they signed the surrender documents.

Sean
August 23, 2012

Harry Jaffa showed (convinced me anyway) that it is the contemporary progressive who is the ideological ancestor of Calhoun, et al.

Allen Lewis
August 23, 2012

Well, he leaves no doubts about how he thinks of Southerners, that’s for sure. What I cannot fathom is the people who move here from “up North,” who constantly whine about how terrible things are. I wish they would all go back where they came from.

To hell with them.

Daniel Muller
August 23, 2012

“Egypt,” the southern half of Illinois, would jump at the possibility of finally and forever freeing itself from Cook County’s dictatorship.

As would we all, as would we all.

Dr Alice
August 23, 2012

I spent a fair amount of time in Tennessee as a child, as my mother is from there, and I have fond memories of it. I read this review in the Wall Street Journal today. What a numbnut that author is, and those Amazon comments are appalling.

Katherine
August 23, 2012

Where is this Chuck Thompson from? I lived in Athens, GA, for a while and I grant him it’s an inward-looking town, but the whole South? I’ve also lived in the upper Midwest and the Northeast, and if he’s there and can’t see that the separation the races is worse there than it is here in the South, he’s not looking. That’s probably it; he doesn’t want to see what’s there, only what he thinks must be there.

WannabeAnglican
August 23, 2012

I will say this. We need to face up to how divided this nation is. Personally, I’d like to see Vermont and Californicate cast off. And I’m about 3 years away from wanting a new Republic of Texas. As for “We’re all Americans,” if you vote to loot the taxpayers and trash the Constitution, you are not worthy of the name American. I do know some appropriate names for such, but I will not mention them here.

Did I mention this nation is sharply divided?

Anne B.
August 23, 2012

“Places like Little Rock and Memphis, he says, “are arranged along the lines of Third World horror shows; wide streets lined with opulent, plantation-style homes sitting just around the block from apocalyptic Negro wastelands.”

If Mr. Thompson thinks this rapid changeover in neighborhoods is a Southern thing, well, he’s obviously never ridden the El in Chicago. And we probably beat the entire South hollow when it comes to “racial uniformity” of neighborhoods.

I liked PJ O’Rourke’s comment – the country might do better to dump New York and San Francisco instead. And Chicago too, if you give me and mine time to get out.

Anne B.
August 23, 2012

“Places like Little Rock and Memphis, he says, “are arranged along the lines of Third World horror shows; wide streets lined with opulent, plantation-style homes sitting just around the block from apocalyptic Negro wastelands.”

If Mr. Thompson thinks this rapid changeover in neighborhoods is a Southern thing, well, he’s obviously never ridden the El in Chicago. And we probably beat the entire South hollow when it comes to “racial uniformity” of neighborhoods.

I liked PJ O’Rourke’s comment – the country might do better to dump New York and San Francisco instead.” And Chicago too, if you give me and mine time to get out.

LaVallette
August 23, 2012

Two comments:

1) This reminds me of the Italian cult films of the 70′s like “Mondo Cane” (“Its a Dog’s World”) whihc deliberately set out to film some of the world’s worst excesses and then concludes “What a horrible world we live in”.

2) However for some time I have held the opinion that the future of the USA is very grim both economically and more importantly poltically. I have predicted even in this blog that within the life time of this generation (i.e. within the next 35/40 years) the USA will split politically, with economic views contributing, into four parts at least:

NorthEast/NorthWest: European style, Social democracies. May be some exchanges of territory with Canada. e.g. Quebec

SouthWest: Hispanic AZTLAN with close socio/economic and political ties with Mexico.

The South, with its own conservative socio/political vision. In the view of NorthWest/North East Social Democrats the sooner this happens the better.

A rump of the USA as we know it, the agricultural “fly over country” allied but not united with the South, because of different economic needs and social composition..

The Editor
August 23, 2012

Four is too many. If this country actually does split up, something I’m not willing to concede yet, we’ll see two nations, three at the most (Yeah, I’m looking at you, Texas).

Christopher Johnson
August 23, 2012

Katherine,

I think he’s from Portland.

Don
August 23, 2012

Katherine,

I think he’s from Portland.

Well, that explains it.

Rondon
August 23, 2012

Count Pennsylvania as one of those states where the largest swath would be part of the ‘South.” Take away Philadelphia and Pennsylvania is red as can be. Even metro Pittsburgh is becoming more and more conservative. Not surprising since, after all, Dear Leader pointed to Pennsylvania when referencing people who cling to their guns and religion.

Elaine S.
August 23, 2012

“Egypt,” the southern half of Illinois, would jump at the possibility of finally and forever freeing itself from Cook County’s dictatorship.”

Most people I know consider the true Illinois cultural dividing line to be I-80, which cuts just south of Chicago and runs west into Iowa. South of that, with the possible exception of left-leaning university towns like Normal and Urbana, Illinois is pretty much a “red” or at least reddish purple state politically. The same applies to some areas north of that line such as Freeport, Galena, Dixon, etc.

FW Ken
August 23, 2012

I just came back from a live production of Greater Tuna, a two man show about a day in a tiny Texas town. I’ve seen the original pair play the show, and these two new guys were ok. They need to work on their timing, and they brought out the few moments of real pathos. What was missing, mostly, was the deep affection the original actors had for their crazy characters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Tuna

And it’s that affection you need when you talk about the south. Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and Harper Lee (maybe even Truman Capote, in his own way) all looked at the south with clear eyes, but loving eyes. They saw the crazy and the beautiful.

Chuck Thompson clearly can’t see either, which says more about him than the south.

FW Ken
August 23, 2012

When I say that Thompson can’t see the crazy, I mean he’s missing the good stuff, in favor of what is ultimately a narrow self-righteousness.

IB Bill
August 23, 2012

The book sounds horrible, but I have a client in the bluest blue country and I hear similar rants all the time. They want to kick the South out.

I would recommend an idea that should solve a lot of our problems. Just as we have a District of Columbia, I’d recommend that we first (1) pull those electoral votes, and (2) make a whole lot more “districts” in the U.S. and include their surrounding suburbs. I’d propose the Districts of New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans. They’ll be run by the federal government, since they love it so much. The rest of us will actually have the franchise in federal elections.

Failing that, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (my state) is certainly big enough, resource-rich-enough, and geographical situated to go it alone.

JM
August 23, 2012

I have spent some considerable time in both the South and the Northeast. I am not from either location, so I bring something of an outsider’s view. I found bigotry to be far worse in the Northeast. It included the usual types of minority prejudice, but added discrimination against other groups that the average Southerner would never think to discriminate against — except for being a damnYankee.

If you look for stupid things, you can find them anywhere, even in my home state.

Fuinseoig
August 24, 2012

And what about the lumpenproletariat of the North? How about the poor whites living in, say, Maine? Should they all be lumped in with Canada (maybe they’d prefer that)?

More seriously, does he not consider it racist to classify an entire group of people under insulting epithets such as “most uneducated, morbidly obese, racist, morally indigent, xenophobic, socially stunted, and generally ass-backwards”?

I’m sure there are serious problems in the Southern states, just as there are serious problems in the Eastern, Western, and Northern states, and the ones in the middle have their share of troubles, too. I think his proposed Utopian New America would boil down to a few select neighbourhoods in New York, Los Angeles and certain other cities (not even the entire cities themselves, since there are ghettos, areas of low-income and poverty, crime and racism everywhere).

Elaine S.
August 24, 2012

“it’s that affection you need when you talk about the south. Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, and Harper Lee (maybe even Truman Capote, in his own way) all looked at the south with clear eyes, but loving eyes. They saw the crazy and the beautiful.”

Another writer whom I’ve recently stumbled across, who I think has this same kind of affection for both the crazy and the beautiful, is Billie Letts, author of “Where The Heart Is” and “The Honk and Holler Opening Soon”. I picked up these books at a secondhand store on a whim and really loved them. Both stories take place in Oklahoma, and the first was made into a movie some years back.

goddessoftheclassroom
August 24, 2012

Bless their hearts.

Dale Price
August 24, 2012

As Mr. Thompson surely knows, your average church-going Midwesterner is a Southron with better odds of his surname ending with an “i.”

His use of a regional proxy to vent hatred at me is duly noted.

Dale Price
August 24, 2012

Oh, and there’s no doubt the South is a perplexing, infuriating and often goofy place. But it’s also fascinating, beautiful and flat-out mesmerising.

In other words, it’s a damn sight more interesting than the rigidly-uniform “blue” enclaves Chucky champions.

Jacob Morgan
August 24, 2012

I grew up in the South West (West of Texas), lived in Michigan for a time, and have been in the South for the last eleven years.

Michigan had it’s share of red necks too, just not as many pick up trucks because rear wheel drive vehicles don’t do well in snow. But I don’t think the author is writing about the less-populated parts of the North, he is writing about rural and semi-rural areas.

Little Rock gave us Clinton and Memphis is the liberal cess pool of Tennessee with Chicago corruption (e.g., the Ford family) on a small scale. No, what the writer can’t stand are rural people from either side of the Mason Dixon line.

There is a certain type of person, a wannabe self-appointed philosopher king, who views their neighbor, not as a free man to do as they want so long as they respect the rights of others, but as just another piece of a giant social tinker toy set. One that they, lucky us, will optimally arrange for the greatest good. If that means cutting the long sticks down to size and tossing out the short one’s, well, someone has to do it. Every spoke and wheel will be arranged just so, aren’t we lucky?

There is nothing that sort of person hates more than ungrateful subjects. In more rural areas people can be more involved in local decisions, can have their own castle in the suburbs or their own kingdom in the country, with a car they can go where they please, when they please. They can follow a system of belief of their own choosing, and when people are free to choose they aren’t likely to make the same choices.

Two types of people: one who thinks everyone has a God given right to pusue happiness (so long as they don’t violate others) and one who thinks they are a god to everyone else and they have the right, the responsibility, to arrange for happiness. The second sort usually starts the path to happiness by imprisoning and murdering a lot of people.

Jeffersonian
August 24, 2012

I used to live in Gadsden, AL on George Wallace Drive (true story). I really enjoyed the South, despite its shortcomings. Yes, there are idiots, bigots and fools there, but the same can be said for any jurisdiction one can point to in America (or the world, for that matter).

Scott W.
August 24, 2012

Seems to me like another example of a Leftist sore winner. I remember when Obama won and the booze wore off, they immediately started complaining again. It was like they were expecting the earth to open up and swallow Republicans like the orcs at the end of Return of the King. This book reminded me of Lenin who got tired of waiting for revolution to come about naturally as Marx said it would, so he invented the vanguard of the proletariat.

Paula Loughlin
August 24, 2012

I had to struggle through the whole post, seeing how we don’t cotton with women folks getting above themselves with that there fancyfied book learning like them hatchet faced men hating Yankee feminists do.

It’s a wonder how a man with that big of ego can fit through those iddy biddy 3’8″ door openings so common in most houses these days. You suppose they jist grease his head up and put a pit bull at his hind end?

Dan
August 24, 2012

I agree with Jacob Morgan. What this guy hates is not The South. What he hates is Rural Whites. There are areas of every state that are as racist as anything the South can demonstrate. If he went and talked to some real Geno’s on the Jersey shore, he would hear just as bad, if not worse. Even his native Portland, bastion of all right thinking, a city run by Liberal crusaders and homosexuals, has plenty of racism, morbid obesity, moral indigency, etc to go around. Just go north of Rosa Parks Way or over to Gresham or Clackamas. Get out of PDX and plenty of Oregon is just a step from secession.

Dan
August 24, 2012

Or is that the wrong Portland?

Kathy C
August 24, 2012

Paula, I bow to you. That’s an image I want to pair up with squeezing our Dear Leader out of the White House.

SouthCoast
August 24, 2012

The South, eh? And NYC is known as “Gotham” because…? (As for Portland, there’s some little-known channel I can’t remember that I’ve slid through whilst channel-surfing. It has, or had, or whatever, a show called “Portlandia” that is either an unintentially hilarious ethnographic documentary or a deliberately hilarious spoof of the denizens of that enclave of idiocy.)

Paula Loughlin
August 24, 2012

The first season of Portlandia can be found on Netflix. The station that carries it is IFC.

FW Ken
August 24, 2012

Elaine S –

Thanks for the recommendation. Her books are available on Kindle so I’ll be downloading one, for starters.

Donald R. McClarey
August 24, 2012

“For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it’s still not yet two oclock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it’s all in the balance, it hasn’t happened yet, it hasn’t even begun yet, it not only hasn’t begun yet but there is stll time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armstead and Wilcox look grave yet it’s going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn’t need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago….”

Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUMFa2hHOtc

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Tom
August 25, 2012

So why are the Democrats holding their convention in a Southern city if it’s so awful?

Paula Loughlin
August 25, 2012

Tom, to bring salvation to the natives.

Elaine S.
August 25, 2012

FW Ken — The copy of “Where The Heart Is” that I have includes, at the end, quotes from an interview with Billie Letts in which she says the following:

“Some people have described Sister Husband (a character in “Heart” who takes a pregnant teenager stranded in a local Wal-Mart under her wing) as ‘wacky’. Let’s see. She’s loving, giving, accepting and nurturing. Maybe in late twentieth-century America that’s wacky. If it is, I’ve had a grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins who are, according to that definition, wacky. Come to my house and I’ll invite a houseful of Sister Husbands of a variety of ages, sizes, and inclinations. Sister is as much a part of me as Saturday night musicals and Sunday morning church…. How did I come up with these characters? Hell, they’re people I know.”

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Disgusted in DC
August 26, 2012

This book accurately recounts the feelings of at least a dozen young (20s-30s) (wannabe?) politicos and federal civil servants with advanced degrees who now reside in the District of Columbia who have personally told me more or less exactly the same thing as the author. It is with sorrow (and anger, I must admit) that the author cannot be dismissed as merely a highly skewed data point – or a kook. When books like this are published by Simon & Schuster, there is good reason to fear for the future of this country.

Michal
August 26, 2012

What Thompson has overlooked, perhaps out of a sense of denial, is the fact that some of the major conveyors of Southern culture north of the Mason-Dixon line have been, well…blacks, African-Americans, that is. Think about it, the so-called “black accent”, is really just a modified Southern accent. There may be a reason why blacks are moving South…take away the brutality that was inflicted on them in the past, and they’re home again.

One might also note that blacks and “Yankees”, real Yankees, never got along terribly well. The underground railway was intended to funnel runaway slaves to Canada. The implication was: don’t get off the train at this stop. How many blacks are there in Maine and Vermont, anyway?

If Thompson really wants to cleanse the North of all Southern influences, it may be possible, but in order to do so he would have to expel every black, as well as every white Southern Baptist. If he can do that, he might yet turn the North into a great big Sweden (the secret dream of many a Yankee), but it would look more than a little Nazi if he pulled it off.

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