Saturday, January 13, 2007

An Awkward Elitist Confession and Revelation About the South

I don't think I get along easily with progessive liberals from the South. My "political" methods and bases probably come off as too passive aggressive or weak to them. On the other hand, I feel that they come off as too aggressive.

I hypothesize that these differences come from the Northern passive aggressive segregation of race, sex and politics compared to the Southern combination of real mixing without real communal integration between different groups. In the North, rationality pushes for attempted multiculturalism and "diversity" while remaining physically seperate. The South, in the meanwhile, the weight of economics and the political majority's tradition propagandizes while alienating those who don't fit into the dictates of Southern genteel society.

These differences cause an atmosphere that develops different personalities for people who believe in the same principles. The Southern liberal can become more direct while the one from the North shows a flip flopping desire to please everyone.

Then again, I could be wrong. I get annoyed with plenty of radical idealogues from the North, too. Maybe the South just makes left-of-center liberals look more radical because the South just has a stronger force of conservatism. After all, a Massachusetts Republican generally has more social liberalness than the rest of the country while maintaining the fiscal conservativeness. I heard that last bit on WBUR/NPR once.

And to end on a question, does Republican anti-liberal propaganda have more to do with dividing Northern and Southern liberals than anything else? After all, "a house turned against itself can't stand."

7 comments:

Dawn said...

When the former senator from Rhode Island who was recently voted out began his tenure in Congress, there were a number of moderate Republicans--after the last election, there are now two. He was frustrated with how the Southerners have taken over the party and made it more thoroughly conservative.

The_Lex said...

It's like the Civil War never ended. . .which some Southerners believe.

That is, like it never ended, except that it has taken on the further dimensions of political parties.

With Hammer And Tong...The LetterShaper said...

As a poet, and an avid reader, I have to say that I very much enjoyed my leisurely stroll through your blog...it was time well spent; entertaining and enlightening. I thank you...

The_Lex said...

Awwww shucks, thanks for stroking my ego.

Interesting name you've got there. Do you have to sign in with it?

Jeremy said...

Dude, did I miss something, or just step in the middle of conversation i wasn't supposed to?

The_Lex said...

I don't think so. . .even though I have the tendency lately to make people think that they have done so.

If it means anything, I've never met with hammer and tong...the lettershaper before.

The_Lex said...

Heh. I just saw the Daily Show with that Rhode Island Republican past senator guy. Except for Mitt Romney, I love New England Republicans. . ..