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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Put Down the Coffee!

I sure hope ssc doesn't have a coffee to slam down in disgust after reading the following (from the author of God and Man at Georgetown Prep: How I Became a Catholic Despite 20 Years of Catholic Schooling)

[The song "Redneck Woman"] represented the one thing I truly cannot stand about modern conservatism: its defense of anything dumb, tacky, and second-rate, as long as it comes from "the people." The common man is deified by the right. NASCAR, an absolutely idiotic "sport" which consists, as the joke goes, of "a bunch of rednecks makin' left turns," is hailed as red state America's favorite pastime -- and ipso facto comparable to the Olympics of ancient Greece. Actually, scratch that: NASCAR is not treated as something grand and noble, which makes it all the worse. To populist conservatives, the simple fact that Bush country embraces the sport makes its aesthetic quality quite beside the point. This is the sport of people, we are told ad nauseam by folks like Laura Ingraham, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity, who "work hard, go to church, and play by the rules." They are the ones who watch the WWF -- a "sport" even apes laugh at -- and who read the Left Behind series of books, which should probably be called Theology for Dummies.
As they say, read the whole thing. Actually, I mean it. Read the whole thing. But not holding hot coffee.

Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

What's the problem? The man has excellent points. Not exactly a populist, he, to which I say "bravo!" Not a television watcher, I wasn't able to parse the tv show references, but otherwise, he's speaking my language.

7:41 AM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

Me too, Scribbler, but then again, I'm a self avowed elitist (I would never use the term "metrosexual") as opposed to a coffee slamming populist like ssc.

7:45 AM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

The point brave elitists is not whether NASCAR is interesting to watch, (I don't find it so, but I used to love Road Racing A La Le Mans), or Country Music interesting (it can be fun, it isn't all supposed to be taken seriously), or if off beat Protestant religion is sophisticated theology or not. The point is whether or not the people who like these things are good, fun, loyal friends and co-workers: hard working generaly honest patriotic Americans whose fondest wish is for any and all elitists of both the Left and self proclaimed Right to butt the H*** out of thier lives and go back to carping about the "Church" not endorsing contraception. The "populist people" are probably the only ones in the Country who have a culture they want to hang on to, and don't care if elitists like it or not (probably prefer that they don't). Their ability to ignore day to day life in the rest of the country is perhaps their most endearing quality. You would never find one of them writing such a childish article carping about how boring elitists are (and boy, they ARE!). The wine and croissant crowd is about as interesting as watching paint dry. I think if this Country has any hope at all of recapturing something of the honest, clean, and religion based social structure that once made the Country great (and pleasant to live in), it will come from them. Sure as heck ain't comin from no SUV drivin, wine drinkin, self proclaimed elites, with edjecated tastes!

9:55 AM, January 04, 2006  

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