Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Confetishacy

Like the other badasses who blog here, I was born and raised in the south. However, my commie pinko Peace Corps parents kept me from being fully immersed in that good ol’ southern culture that I’m supposed to be so glad God made me a part of. Don’t get me wrong - I thought Lynyrd Skynyrd scored a telling point on jackaninny Neil Young with “Sweet Home Alabama,” and you better believe I rigged every game of chess I ever played on the Franklin Mint Civil War Chess Set in favor of the Greys (don’t get me started on the indignity of Stonewall Jackson being relegated to pawn duty), but I’m about as high on the Confederacy as I am on iron skillets.

Still, I’m a little touchy about non-southerners telling me what the south is like. Usually they’re telling me how bad it is, but it’s even weirder when they’re telling me how great it is. Sure, there’s nice people and we’ve got that chivalry thing going on, but don’t you have your own heritage to be proud of? Do you have any idea how humid it gets down here? Have you seen the way we react to even a 10% chance of snow?

Which brings me to Virginia’s freakish senator, George “the South will rise again” Allen. Despite his drawl, intricate knowledge of the second battle of Bull Run, and Foghorn Leghorn persona, the guy ain’t a southerner. He’s from California, born and raised. He moved to VA after his daddy got a gig coaching the Washington pro football club, but by that time he was a rebel-yellin’, Hee-Haw watchin’, National Wrestling Alliance lovin’ wannabe. (His dysfunctional background was excellently detailed in TNR recently.)

I don’t care that we have a senator from California. We just had a governor from Indiana (Mark Warner), and he was awesome. It’s the whole co-opting of the culture that I don’t like. Not only is it creepy, but I also have the feeling Allen is doing it for reasons other than pure nostalgia. Ed Kilgore said it best on Monday (the whole post is great):
I sort of doubt George Allen was just exhibiting an exotic historical interest in the Confederacy, interchangeable with, say, an enthusiasm for the War of the Roses. No, there's not much doubt what it meant to be a Yankee Confedero-phile in the late 1960s. The southerner in me always reacts to such phenomena by saying: "You're touching my stuff, and breaking it."
Hands off, Georgie.


Otto Man said...

Brilliant post. And I like the title. Between you and I-Rod, we're becoming quite the Little Noah Websters club here.

Thrillhous said...

We rule!

Wait, who you calling little?

Otto Man said...

That Kilgore piece was great.

Noah Webster was sixteen feet tall, so all who follow him are, by definition, "little."

(I might have him confused with Paul Bunyan.)

Mr Furious said...

Actually, he was only 13 1/2 feet tall...

(Yes I grew up in West Hartford...)

Fucking blogger—I just logged in!

Otto Man said...

At the risk of jinxing myself and having the blog crash, I don't have any log-in problems with Blogger. It might be something with your computer, Mr. F.

Thrillhous said...

I'm with Mr. F on the blogger issues. Usually fine, but sometimes a pain in the butt. Maybe it's a PC v. Mac issue (I use a PC).

Otto Man said...

Ah, that could be it. I'm a Mac man.

I pity you PC people and your many "viruses" and "Bill Gates" issues.

ORF said...

Well played, T'hous. I was right about you and Mrs. T raising a good baby!