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

I gather the point of MBM's post, on a basic level, is that people who revere that song have bought into this idea that they're so much better off in America, when in reality most of them live pretty crappy lives, with little to show for all of the opportunity they believe they have. Indeed, it's hard to argue that many of the so-called "rednecks" (southern or not, Frenchy/Nate, the stereotypes are of rednecks) who love that song are doing better than the average person from most of the European countries that their ancestors came here from.

My stance is that it's a simplistic song for extremely simple minds. If you look up the lyrics, it really doesn't even say anything. It doesn't say what we're free to do, or anything else of any substance. That is exactly why these people love that song. No substantive meaning, for folks who engage in no critical thought about anything.


That much also shows in who they vote for. Frenchy is right, MBM, that your post was laced with what she probably means to refer to as redneck stereotypes. Probably it wouldn't be so bad if you'd left out the reference to sexing their cousins, because that doesn't have anything to do with the point I think you were trying to make. A truly free, affluent people could still choose to screw their cousins, so there was nothing there but an unnecessary, blatant stereotypical insult. But I can understand where that comes from if it's coming out of anger, because I've honestly lost whatever respect I may ever have had for them because of the way they blindly support this president. We once were enslaved by their laws and greed. Now we're still shackled, in a way, to wrongheaded policies and national direction, because of their rank stupidity and feeblemindedness when it comes to who they vote for.
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