Friday, May 13, 2016

Secession of the Heart

 River Plantation

A dear friend of mine, a Harp like myself but born and raised in the Deep North, repeated to me for the umpteenth time one of the most persistent of all Southern stereotypes, the duplicitous Southerner.

This type is all smiles and sweetness, until the proper time comes to lower the boom. As my friend put it, “No, we are not as polite in the North, but at least we know where the bullet is coming from.”

This friend and I taught together at a school in the South whose professional and social environment was challenging to say the least. The enrollment, however, was overwhelmingly Northern expatriates, a point that I never tire of repeating to my skeptical friend. Moreover, I have again and again explained to this friend of mine that the “South” is a very big and very diverse place. Where I grew up in the border Tidewater region, duplicity was not looked upon kindly. Forthrightness was the preferred virtue, and being respected was prized above being respectable. Duplicity almost always resulted in shunning or a right hook. No, duplicity was not our capital sin in the Tidewater, our capital sins were of the Satanic variety: pride, vanity, and arrogance. Still is my friend all wrong? Are there places in the South were duplicity is cultivated like a fine California cabernet? Where the smile and the verbal stiletto are the mainstays of social intercourse? I do know of a place or two like that below the Mason Dixon, but I am still convinced that duplicity is a far more universal fault.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Brock,
    I don't know what to say other than "Cold Anger!!" There will be a "Reckoning !!" And in the words of Gen. George S. Patton,"May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't!!!!"
    I don't know how many spins I have left around this third stone from the Sun, but I am running out of "Time!!" Meanwhile back at the ranch
    Just remember,
    "The most dangerous creation of any society,
    is the man who has nothing left to lose."
    -James Baldwin-
    ....'nuff said,
    III%,
    skybill-out

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    1. "The most dangerous creation of any society, is the man who has nothing left to lose."

      Yup.

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  2. I never heard of Southern Stereotypes. I have respect of all the people of all the States of the Union. But I did notice difference between NY and California. Not better or worse, just different. But then I moved back to the States from Israel and then I saw everything had changed for the worse. I thought some of the problems came from seeds of socialism planed by the KGB as mentioned in the YouTube by Bezmemov. I asked a friend who worked in the KGB and he did not think that the KGB had the resources to complete changed the USA. But see the video. I think he underestimated the KGB.

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    1. Thanks. I believe the shift began in earnest when the anti-Vietnam hippies went into the hallowed halls as teachers to begin indoctrination in communism and we ignored them.

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  3. Your point would be the same as Bezmenov. I think we have to accept that in universities communism was being taught in earnest at least in the humanities departments. [Not in economics where Marx was rigorously excluded]. But that is still my question. How much of this was linked to the KGB? I still have not gotten any good answers.

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    1. But that is still my question. How much of this was linked to the KGB? I still have not gotten any good answers.

      I don't know, but our tailors gave them all the help they needed.

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  4. Well, I don't think everybody can afford to quit their job
    and live on one paycheck this day and age and many do not
    have the intelligence to home school. If it weren't for
    communist iconoclasts like Gloria Steinem who worked for the
    CIA to get mother's in the workforce and not just for taxes
    but the take-over of the children started way back then.
    Whites would also be and would have been having more children instead of the 1.2 children.

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  5. many do not have the intelligence to home school.

    We used the Robinson Self-Teaching Homeschool Curriculum and recommend it highly.


    Whites would also be and would have been having more children instead of the 1.2 children.

    Good point

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