Skip to comments.Even California Has Rednecks!
Posted on 11/09/2004 5:12:54 AM PST by TGOMedia
The exact headline of the Daily Mirror's controversial front page was, "Doh! / Four More Years of Dubya / How Can 59,054,087 People Be So DUMB?" And if that didn't properly underscore the point, the very bottom of the same page reads, "U.S. Election Disaster: Pages 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 11." Now, I'll admit there's a warehouse full of things I don't understand (Paris Hilton lingers in its doorway), but I'm pretty sure the United States shouldn't welcome intellectual or electoral advice from any nation that takes a toothless monarchy as seriously as Great Britain does its own.
Daily Mirror readers were invited to share their thoughts on President Bush's re-election on a message board, from which I reprint a few gems. The first is from Jeff, who writes from San Francisco, and who pleads, "Europe, please invade us. We need a regime change." (Hilarious. I'd have e-mailed this guy if his address were listed: Goddammit Jeff, you live in San Francisco; your city couldn't go any further Left if it raised the Soviet flag over city hall. Butch up, stupid - Republicanism only touches you in San Francisco if you send it invitations.)
Diane from Vacaville, California writes, "Many U.S. citizens have threatened to leave for another country if Bush were re-elected. We don't have to leave; we already live in a foreign country. I simply do not understand the culture that re-elected this idiot." Best yet is Rob, from "The Heartland (where the idiots live)," who writes in part, "SOS! Writing here from 'the country formerly known as America'. [sic] Lady Liberty has been slipped a date rape drug. Democracy is on the run, free speech is all but lost. We need the world to keep the spotlight on bush's [sic] antics because the media here is too frightened to challenge the chimp." (We'll get back to The Heartland a little later.) Actually, "Lady Liberty has been slipped a date rape drug" is clever stuff, which is why I doubt he managed it himself.
Reporting for National Review Online, Denis Boyles details foreign reaction to President Bush's re-election. "In Le Monde, a corrupt newspaper in a nation choking in corruption [sic], the America of Bush II is seen by Jean-Marie Colombani as a bizarre place, where only New York and California can be understood by your standard-issue elite Frenchman. When you're in Kansas, you're not in the Ile de France anymore, Toto. It's clear, says Colombani, that Dominique de Villepin - poet, essayist, bureaucrat - was right when he said Europe would be unable to control American military might without developing military might of its own."
European military might good thinking. Hell, if it were ever within Europes reach to produce true military might, it wouldnt have needed the United States to pull its sorry ass out of the fire. Twice. Meanwhile, is this the same Dominique de Villepin who tried to negotiate an arms-for-hostage deal for a "family friend" and former student named Ingrid Betancourt (and when that failed, a millions-for-hostage deal)? Is this the same Dominique de Villepin who, upon those failures, launched illegal invasions (i.e., without United Nations approval) into Brazil and Columbia in order to win her freedom (and failed)? Is this the same Dominique de Villepin who lied about those invasions until mounting evidence forced him to tell the truth?
California and New York wisdom is apparently just as distinct as The Heartland's abject ignorance, or else a meandering twit like de Villipin wouldn't have noticed. But has he (or our friend Rob) actually seen a map of the 2004 election vote, broken down by country? Go there, and you'll see it just as Gregory Borse describes it: "One look ... at a county-by-county breakdown of the vote in both the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections reveals that there is no such thing as a ''blue'' state. [Emphasis original.] California in particular looks very, very red. It is only in the far northern and most populated northern counties (San Francisco) and in the populated southern counties (Los Angeles / Hollywood) that the state is blue. Everywhere else, it is red."
Addendum, then: San Francisco and Los Angeles know their stuff, but the rest of California is hopeless; fine. But liberals would do well to remember the days when Democrats won national elections, and why they won them. Just as well to realize that they won't win another in the near future if they continue nominating the likes of John Kerry. Or Hillary Clinton.
In the rest of the areas, where people work for themselves and exhibit traditional American values...the nation votes for those values.
Here, I like this color scheme for the county by county map better:
If it weren't for Indian gaming reservations and ski resorts in other states, there'd have been a whole lot less red discoloration in all the other western states!!!
The lefties love to move to the ski resort areas and areas like Tahoe. Then, when they assume critical voting mass, they take over the local area's politics.
It makes me angry
Kerry can "take" Illinois
just with Chicago . . .
Let's get rid of that discoloration. Will bleach work?
How 'bout Visene? It gets the "red" out!!!
Can we get it in bulk? Anything is worth a try ;o)
Thanks Jeff, you are so right, the red color suits the left so much better. Being a native Californian, I realize that people have a wrong perception of this state. As the map shows, there are many more areas that are not left wingers than one would imagine. The coastlines are full of them, and they are populated pretty heavy, but then, this state is the largest populated to begin with.
Today's inner-cities represent modern reservations...and they vote for the largess of the rest of society as they have been programmed by the DNC to do...and as our founders warned.
If your surfboard has a gun rack.....you might be a California Redneck!
Plus... We are importing a new plantation, to boot!!!
I might as well ping my ol FRiend too. Heck, I pinged just about everybody else that used to like CA!!!
I guess he told him where to "stick it!" Too funny!!!
Hay Phil! You still got that big flat-bed tractor/trailer eighteen wheeler rig? If so, pick up a load of that there Visene so's we can touch-up America's elecshun map, 10-4???
Ya spose that's some of them damned Yankees still hidin out from the Civil War???
Warrior RED = Republican!
Wussie Blue = Democrat!
Memo to Jeff...s%#tcan that frickin' map, willya??
I know... (sigh) We got one sleepin with Schwarzenegger!!!
Somebody colored them Yella on a map and included all of Canada, the other day on here!!!
In the long run, it doesn't matter. Our flag is red, white, and blue, all honorable colors.
I liked blue better, but I think that's because I grew up a Dallas Cowboy fan and hated the Farty-Whiners.
Thanks for the ping.
Perhaps you'd like to see this one also...
Redneck U.S., an rural, unrefined white person (esp. a person from a southern state)
So, make your plans to by 2006.
Hay! Watch that!! Cain'tchew remmemer "The Catch?" Ahhhhh... Them were the good ol days!!!
Hod on dere... Dat be's ME!!! (cept, I be's a CA hillbilly)
That would be the Alabama "black belt" which, ironically, was where George Wallace got his start in Alabama politics.
That East-West line in Alabama is known as the Black Belt, so named because of the rich black soil for our farms, and coincidentally, home to the highest proportion of Black to White farmers this side of Zimbabwe. Oh, and we've also got an Indian reservation in Alabama (no gambling of any note, though).
That map is inaccurate, though. At least two of those counties should be white, not red or blue.
The Alabamians who sided with the Union in the Civil War, however, were on our Northern border. They formally seceded from Alabama, but unlike the illegal state of West Virginia, didn't receive permission to have their own state from Congress (hence, denying the South 2 additional senators).
Such is life.
(I have no evidence that any of those things actually apply to you, but I can't take the chance.)
Wasp White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. Offensiveness questionable as many "wasps" self-identify as such.
California Wasp - White Anglo-Saxon Protestant living in California Sierra Nevada region.
I don't know SW. It looks like its runnin' east to west to me. ;-)
Blue=True Blue American.
To each his own I suppose, the color is not nearly as important as what the coverage of the respective ideologies represent.
Reminds me of all of the portapotty water rafting guides showing up at the Board of Supes meetings...buncha long haired hippie type pinko &a^s and long underarm haired hippie type frenchy type no soap women.
Like the one Gorbachev brought to the Presidio?
Whatchew tawlkin bout, BJ? I nevur did post nunna that there stuff to you!!!
That woulda been offensive and that woulda ruined my reputayshun fer bein defensive alla the time!!! (grin)
I like it when someone knowledgeable like you confirms my long held belief that the place is not nearly as bad as "they" say it is!!!
Hay dude... Don't laff! We gotta town just up the road a piece that's actually named Rough and Ready, CA!!!
Wull... If that's true then it's right to left, which means they's leftists, right?
Phwew!!! You remember that even when yer memory is gettin a little faded!!! (wretch!)
Yeah... When he established "The International Green Cross!" See? Them Commies love to use the EnvironMental/Non-GovernMental Vowell Movement to excess!!!
If it's right to left, then I'm right.
If it's left to right, then you're right.
Either way, we're both right, and they are leftists.
It works for me!
I live in blue Los angeles county, but went up north last weekend to Paso Robles. I tell you, the further north I got, (the exception be Santa Barbara), the more I felt like I was back in America. Bush Cheny signs everywhere. It was great.
Thanks for correcting the colors on that map.