REDNECK PERSPECTIVE: Two ‘Halfs’ Make a Whole

By on March 1, 2016

He’s a little bit country; she’s a little bit liberal.

160302RedneckJACKSON HOLE, WY – There is competition between liberals and conservatives over who can create the greatest race-related controversy with the least amount of substantive fact. At first glance, it would seem liberals would win hands down! Liberals have an established tradition, and the arrogant verbosity to pursue the frivolous and generate confusion from clarity.

However, conservatives have been able to find the intellect to match, or even surpass liberals in their ability to expound on the trivial and seek justification through misunderstanding. These rigid minds fret over adding cream to their coffee—liberals worry they are not respecting blackness by adding cream; conservative worry they are embracing multicultural political correctness by blending white into black.

The controversy surrounding Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime performance is a perfect example of an irrational hunger for rage based on nothing, a controversy that would make anyone proud to be an American!

As those who follow news of the inconsequential know, Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show is being called anti-police by pundits and politicians. Until reading about the controversy, I was unaware that anyone watched halftime shows and, as I only listen to real music (country-western) I could not tell a Beyonce from a Justin Bieber. I downloaded her performance and then, because I couldn’t understand a word she was saying, downloaded the lyrics. Wow! Remove the beat, add a steel guitar, keep the big butt and add a beer belly—it would be Hank Williams, Jr.

Consider Beyonce’s lyrics: “My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana. You mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bama…”

Now William’s lyrics: “Momma met my daddy down in Alabama. They tied the knot so here I am. Born on the bayou on the Texas Line. Loved Louisiana and raised on jambalaya.”

Beyonce: “I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress. I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces.”

Williams: “Money to burn and the girls were pretty. It didn’t take me long to learn that I was born to boogie.”

Beyonce: “Earned all this money but they never take the country out me.”

Williams: “I still got my hat and I still wear my jeans.”

If Beyonce’s song is anti-police because she’s proud of her racial heritage, of her rowdy ways and southern country roots, then Nashville will have to recall half the songs ever written!

Some claim racial anger divides our nation and plants seeds of distrust and fear among us, weakening America in the face of our adversaries. Such critics ignore the fact that race rage helps the economy by selling pundits’ newspaper columns as well as TV and radio shows. Politicians like race rage because it consolidates voter groups, can make for catchy sound bites, and provide an image of tolerance or toughness depending on the demographic of a targeted electorate.

Best of all, when most people in the world exist in a place where American style freedom, opportunity, and justice are not even abstract concepts, it gives Americans, who have so much to be grateful for, something to be angry about. PJH

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