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Good Olí Boy, Inc.
National Review ^ | December 31, 2013 4:00 AM | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 12/31/2013 6:45:28 AM PST by KeyLargo

December 31, 2013 4:00 AM Good Ol’ Boy, Inc. Reality shows about gold miners, ax men, and ice-road truckers are a far cry from the Kardashians. By Victor Davis Hanson

The hysteria over Duck Dynasty reminds us that cable TV is currently inundated with working-class, white-guy reality shows. Top-drawing, relatively low-cost realities showcase gold miners, oil drillers, hunters, locomotive drivers, off-the-grid backwoods eccentrics, fishermen, crabmen, truck drivers, ax men, moonshiners, or the new generation of Beverly Hillbillies. The list of the particular subspecies of the muscular classes is endless.

These shows share a few common themes. They do not take place in an office, where most Americans work. They are not Kardashian psychodramas about plastic surgery gone bad, or a Gucci purse that underwhelmed the latte bunch in Brentwood. The men appear a bit beefier, perhaps stronger, but not necessarily more fit than your average American suburbanite. A big gut can add gravitas to the moonshiner’s biceps in a way impossible to achieve at the gym.

These men don’t quite shave each day, and close-up shots suggest that none use tooth whiteners. There are no Tony Robbinses on the chain-saw crew. Their speech usually is Southern-inflected, or at least rural-sounding. They are almost exclusively white, but do not seem to especially worry that they are. Whatever their actual income, the players clearly think of themselves as solidly middle to lower middle class. They work with the sorts of machines, many of them dangerous — huge trucks on ice, four-foot-long chain saws, earth-moving equipment, industrial arc welders — that most Americans do not even know how to start up.

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TOPICS: AMERICA - The Right Way!!; Chit/Chat; Outdoors; Society
KEYWORDS: aliens; economy; govtabuse; hansen; homosexualagenda; mediabias; programs; prolife; realitytv; talkradio; teaparty; whitemen; work
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To: KeyLargo

You get it. Thanks, much better said by you then my feeble attempt. Happy New Year!


21 posted on 12/31/2013 8:33:56 AM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: KeyLargo

Just occurred to me: The lefty-loony producers, much like those of “All in the Family,” conceived the show with the sole aim of mocking traditional, male, pro-American values-— and failed.

Like All in the Family, the people warmly embrace the people and values that the lefty-loony identify for scorn and elitist derision, thereby, inadvertently making the show a popular success.

As people say: “Even a blind squirrel. . .”


22 posted on 12/31/2013 8:37:16 AM PST by Hulka
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To: KeyLargo

“in an office where most Americans work”

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I disagree with that.


23 posted on 12/31/2013 8:37:53 AM PST by Rockpile
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To: KeyLargo

Perfect. Cheers! Happy New Year!


24 posted on 12/31/2013 8:38:07 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: Hulka

“Just occurred to me: The lefty-loony producers, much like those of “All in the Family,” conceived the show with the sole aim of mocking traditional, male, pro-American values-— and failed.”

Yes, you are correct.

Thanks for understanding what the purpose of the media portrayal of the male in our society is in their Leftist, elite, limousine liberal minds and how it has backfired on them.


25 posted on 12/31/2013 8:46:06 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Your post #20 -That is awesome! God Bless the sheepdogs among us.


26 posted on 12/31/2013 8:48:49 AM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: KeyLargo

Your post #20 -That is awesome! God Bless the sheepdogs among us.


27 posted on 12/31/2013 8:48:50 AM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: KeyLargo

There is nothing real about “reality tv”...anyone who believes otherwise is completely media ignorant.


28 posted on 12/31/2013 8:49:49 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: KeyLargo

This is a terrific essay. VDH is the man.


29 posted on 12/31/2013 8:50:32 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: Pajamajan
Ooops sorry for double post- Computer hiccuped.
30 posted on 12/31/2013 8:52:53 AM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: Rockpile
“in an office where most Americans work”

"I disagree with that."

I also disagree with the author's statement.

Although Obama is attempting to insure that everyone will be equally unemployed no matter their occupation.

31 posted on 12/31/2013 8:55:14 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

That, is a very good one.


32 posted on 12/31/2013 8:59:07 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

I believe in the ‘takes all kinds’ philosophy.

Yes, bean counters and (non-government) paper pushers, too, for the level of economic success that we enjoy.


33 posted on 12/31/2013 8:59:14 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: KeyLargo

Yes, these shows are scripted to some extent, but they are about real Americans doing very interesting American things, with real American values, real American humor, and real American pathos; the very antithesis of bogus Hollyweird excrement.


34 posted on 12/31/2013 9:12:41 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: 9YearLurker

Yes you need bean counters to count the money the producers generate, problem is bean counters with ideological driven motives are making the rules of the game. They wish to destroy small business as a few large businesses are easier to control. It is not that bean counters are bad it is that they are in positions that allow them to destroy any business they deem to be bad. Regulations are written by faceless paper pushers that never have to admit what they have done. This is not the government our Founders gave or envisioned for us. We are foolish to let this go on. Just my 2 cents. Happy New Year!


35 posted on 12/31/2013 9:43:58 AM PST by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: KeyLargo

That graph pretty clearly shows a majority working in offices.


36 posted on 12/31/2013 11:24:52 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

“That graph pretty clearly shows a majority working in offices.”

That may very well be by looking at face value of the graph I found and posted. However I would have to see a detailed breakdown of the two upper categories of the graph.

For example “Professional and Management” would also include those thousands of field managers and supervisors who do not work in an office.

Also in “Service and Sales” the same would apply to that of the thousands of field service and sales personnel not working in an office.


37 posted on 12/31/2013 11:53:03 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Easily outweighed by millions of office drones...


38 posted on 12/31/2013 12:01:40 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
"Easily outweighed by millions of office drones..."

Well, yes especially if you are referring to government employees.

39 posted on 12/31/2013 12:07:13 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Ha ha—but the lack of muscle tone is kind of cute.


40 posted on 12/31/2013 12:37:39 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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