This almost makes me care about the NFL again.
Great article on Southern Discomfort. It’s amazing to me how closely I identify with the south on so many things and how little I do on others. Here’s my take on the items mentioned in the article.
Country music: yes, as to real country music.
Lynyrd Skynyrd: yes, for sure; but I also like Neil.
BBQ: yes, though probably half my meals are meat-free.
NASCAR: nope, boring, sorry.
Political conservatism: not the way most Republicans describe it; southern Republicans have murdered rational conservatism.
God: yes, but not the one most conservative right-wingers talk about; those cats use religion to launder hate and self-interest.
Guns: yep, but I think the NRA is a colony of dunces.
Code of masculinity: I’d like to say no, but there’s some residual traces in my DNA; my head and my heart probably aren’t together on this one.
Militarization: I’m not sure, but I think people and countries should negotiate from a position of strength; on the other hand, I detest bullies of all kinds.
Hostility to Unions: sort of, but my position has softened a little over the years.
Suspicion of Government: not suspicion really, just a desire to protect the environment, seek social justice, not let rich guys plunder wildly, take care of those who genuinely need it, and otherwise be left alone (how’s that for all over the board?); the desire to be generally left alone is a second cousin to suspicion.
Speaking of politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger did an IAMA at Reddit today. Someone asked him about the Republican Party:
The most important thing is that we need to be a party that is inclusive and tolerant. We can be those things and be the party we always have been. We need to think about the environment – Teddy Roosevelt was a great environmentalist and people forget Reagan was the one who dealt with the ozone layer with the Montreal protocol. We also need to talk about healthcare honestly – Nixon almost passed universal healthcare. We need to have a talk about immigration and realize you can’t just deport people. We need a comprehensive answer. We also need to stay out of people’s bedrooms. The party that is for small government shouldn’t be over-reaching into people’s private lives.
Mainly, we need to be a party where people know what we are for, not just what we are against.
Amen, Guv. On a related, note, it was one of the best IAMAs I’ve ever read, even if on the short side. I dig the personal notes to people.