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Reply to "I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free."

Originally posted by Frenchy:

2 - MBM's initial post is basically just an opportunity for him to trot out these Southern stereotypes and mock these people in a "what do these backwards yokels who listen to this kind of music have to be happy about?" kind of way. And I think that's crap. I said already that none of us are completely, 100% free. But certainly Southerners are under no more delusions than their northern counterparts, who are free to suck in all the smog from their gas-guzzling SUVs, free to spend five grand on a shoebox apartment, free to eat overpriced French food made by a pair of Mexicans in the back kitchen, etc.

The question was in what way are they free, and my answer is in the same damn way that the rest of us are "free."

Frenchy - I'm really sorry the point of the thread was lost on you.

It has NOTHING to do with "southerners" or any other stereotype that you may be sensitive to. It has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that here in America we are sold a bill of goods by our government and by the wealthy. To make a very long story short, we are told that we are "free", but in what way are we so? This is particularly the case for people who are poor and working class - who, basically, all they can do is struggle to put food on the table and pay the cable bill. My post had nothing to do with maligning the poor and working class folks' experience in any way. It had EVERYTHING to do with attacking the system of economic and social exploitation that capitalism and our peculiar brand of democracy bring.

I have never, and would never, attack people in the way that you suggest! sck

This country was founded on words like "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights - among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". This when the ONLY full-fledged citizens in this nation were wealthy white men. It is the extrapolation of this extraordinary hypocrisy that was at the root of my post. We can sing all day long about how free we are, but that's about all we can do.

Sorry that point wasn't communicated better! sck