When I have described the well-considered, coherent political and economic strategies of the conservative white South, as I have done here, here and here, I am sometimes been accused of being a “conspiracy theorist.” But one need not believe that white-hooded Dragons and Wizards are secretly coordinating the actions of Southern conservative politicians from a bunker underneath Stone Mountain in Georgia to believe that a number of contemporary policies — from race-to-the-bottom economic policies to voter disfranchisement and attempts to decentralize or privatize federal social insurance entitlements — serve the interests of those who promote them, who tend to be
It´s sometimes interesting to lift that flat, moist rock known as socialist reaction and see what the infestation beneath is fermenting. It stinks as much in 2013 as it did in the Thirties under FDR. Let the rock fall and remain for another eighty years.
Another silly article accusing the southern states of voter suppression because they want identification of the supposed voter. Then this other silliness of workers wages being unfair? I know plenty of blue-collar workers who are making six figures in my state and where northerners are flocking to live because of the low cost of living, the better quality of life, and the higher wages. As I said, a silly, leftist article.
Proof that Leftism is a mental disorder just keeps piling up.
Not that many years ago --before Algore invented the internet, Mr. Lind could have sold this tripe to a limited number of readers at a third rate MagRag, collected his paycheck and gone on down the road, just as happy as if he had good sense.
No more. Now he´s exposed his mental disorder for all the world to see. You wonder, doesn´t he have any family or close friends who care enough about hi to get him under lock and key?
Might want to catch up on some history Michael. Those white hooded dragons you speak of were DEMOCRATS, not conservatives and they were never ever in collusion with conservatives. But if you got your progressive education from equally minded liberal teachers, oh what´s the use, you´re an idiot.
Strange, had it not been for Southern states, Salon´s favorite little fascist despot would not have been elected to the dictatorship. The far left needs the south to impose its vision of fascism upon the country. Now that the south is awakening to the threat, this Salon kneepad owner is getting all prissy. For the record, the ‘progressive’ states could end all this by voting to let the South secede.
The inherent racism in this column is so ubiquitous that it´s hard to even begin picking it apart without running out of space at the first paragraph. But let´s pick just one inanity:
So the struggle is not one to convert Southern Baptists to Darwinism or to get racists to celebrate diversity. The on-going power struggle between the local elites of the former Confederacy and their allies in other regions and the rest of the United States is not primarily about personal attitudes. It is about power and wealth.
It´s hard to tell if this is immaturity, ignorance, stupidity or malice, or some malignant amalgam of all of the above.
Do people believe this kind of tripe? Do those who write it believe it or are such columns attempts to stir the racial pot?
Funny how Liberals keep complaining that the South is "still fighting the Civil War" -- when it is Northern Liberals who put out garbage anti-Southern opinion pieces like this one. Frankly if it weren´t for the political influence of the South and the Heartland (both of them viewed with contempt by coastal elites), what used to be the good ol´ USA would be somewhere today in horrible shape, a fumbling and failed experiment heading somewhere between Liberal and Socialist!
Hare to burst your bubble, #21....but the south has no room to tak when it comes to the Indians. Remember the "trail of Tears", where a Southern Democrat Preisdent (who, btw considered Secession Treason and promised to personally lead the Army South and see the leaders of any auch attempt summarily hanged) flatly refused to recognize the fact that the SCOTUS had upheld the Treate with the Cherokee and dispossessed them of their property and marched them to what effectively were concentration camps in Oklahoma? Then there was the Mexican War, where at the behest of the Dixiecrats we stole half of Mexico because we could.
#9 said: "People and money are both moving from the northern East, to the South. It is not forced, but entirely voluntary. It has been going on for decades.
Better economic opportunity and less regulation are probably the reasons."
And we here in The South welcome them, as long as they leave their liberal ideals in the North East when they come. Texas is an excellent example of a conservative stronghold, but we are seeing pockets of liberalism pop up.
Michael Lind must have received his education on history during February and Black History Month. I´m not accusing you Mr. Lind of being a conspiracy theorist but I am accusing you of being a low IQ total idiot. Salon should withold your paycheck for writing this garbage tripe but then maybe not it´s a dumbed down liberal rag.
Right you are #29. I live about a half mile from one of those "Trails" and about two miles from "Fort (not exactly the designation I would have given it) Buffington.
Andrew Jackson - Democrat- violated the rights of the Cherokee, including ignoring a SOCTUS ruling - to proceed with the theft of Cherokee Land, the illegal imprisonment of the Cherokee and their march (and death of 25% of the Cherokee Nation) on the Trail of Tears. Assisted by a Democrat Governor in Georgia, of course. Who said he would "Deal with the problem." Democrats have always been good at B$, not so good at the stuff to make it work well. (See Obamacare)
Our county history includes stories of the horrified neighbors of the Cherokee watching what was happening to them.
And would someone please note that the gold strike in N GA (remember, Democrats will do anything for money)had plenty to do with it as well (as in, the Cherokee owned that land.)
Please study your history of US Civil Rights, too. The Republicans in the Union fought against the slavery supporters in the South, but not everyone in the South supported slavery. Jasper Ga was famous for protecting the Stars and Stripes throughout the Civil War with armed guards. Ask anyone around here why Sherman burned random houses in my hometown.
Saying "The South" shows your extreme ignorance, Mr. Lind. (And typical black and white mindset of dysfunctional people like you. The Civil War was much more political than it was geographic.
"Saloon" strikes again. The "reforms" proposed in the article are a socialist/statist wish list. The Constitution would be rendered totally meaningless. Coupled with the pro-unionism and overt anti-white racism in the piece, you get a peek (as if you needed one) into the progressive mindset. Neither Bill Ayers nor Saul Alinsky could have done a better job.
"A federal living wage. At one blow, a much higher federal minimum wage would cripple the ability of Southern states to lure companies from more generous states which supplement the too-low present federal minimum wage with higher local..."
OK Michael, how do you stop those companies from leaving the whole country and not just going to the south of this one?
Yes power and wealth is what it´s all about. In the north they concentrate on taking as much wealth away from the people as possible in order to get and maintain power. In the south they try to create as much wealth as possible which means getting the government out of the way, which means going light on exercising power. Liberals flourish in the north because power means control and they like to control everyone. In the south people want to keep their wealth and be free of government. The south could give a flip about controlling the north or any part of America for that matter, much less holding anyone hostage. That´s what liberals (mostly in the north) want to do. The south is much closer to realizing the ideals of the founders as written in the constitution than the north. The south is fighting taxes and regulations and those kind of policies you mention because they suppress wealth generation and freedom. We don´t like a lot of government especially when it is imposed from Washington DC and amounts to a power grab.
Don´t know where your ancestors were, buster, but mine were volunteering in the Massachusetts Infantry in the Civil War, actually singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and you do not speak for me in this effort to re-open old wounds, sing old battle songs, and try to treat the moment as if fighting the last war were what is needed here. I like Cruz especially. Btw think Sarah Palin is the best political analyst in the country at the moment.
Lefties on BOTH sides of the pond hate the American south and they have for a very long time. ...Apparently lefties always have to have someone and something or other to target and the south is but one of their favorites.
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