This is an article that sounds erudite. It seems pretty impressive as you read through….. except for one thing: it buys into and plays to the popular idea that Red States equals Rednecks.
This is entirely too facile. The article has loads of fun with stereotypes without real analysis. Rendering the large part of the USA’s support of President Bush to be unthinking “warlike disposition” cultural characteristics that are supposedly “”inherently”” pessimistic. I just don’t buy that. That there are ‘Jacksonians’, no doubt, that they form an impetus within American society? Probably so, but they are a subset cultural group and by no means is this representative of all of ‘Red State’ Americans and even less so if you add this statement: “although they have a coarse and sometimes even bawdy subculture of sex, drink, and honky tonk, the Jacksonians are virtually 100 percent Christian. And so, after a wild Saturday night, they are often found in church the next morning, hung over or not.” Think so? You’ve got facts and figures to back this up, I presume.
Are Americans more “Red State” stupid because they tend to have larger families? Are you a redneck because you have a large family…does it amount to ignorance on your part? These are some of the assumptions and implications.
Are we all ” fightin’ and votin’ Jacksonian masses”? Support your cause, because it is all pretty much a flim flam hack job on America and the move towards Conservatism, if you ask me.
I’ll try to fisk this later…. but if you are reading this sort of “analysis” I just want you to beware. Let’s dissect some of this before we swallow it whole, shall we?
I do think it is a good illustration of the expert use of popular presumption and prejudice.