Wednesday, April 14, 2010

FLG's Thought For The Day

The most underrated influence on the history of the American South is that southern manners preclude one southern gentlemen from pointing out the flaws, or even the outright hypocrisy, in others directly and explicitly.


Withywindle said...

Except when you go to duel.

Modified thesis: this universal aspect of Anglo-American gentle culture endured longer in the South than elsewhere.

arethusa said...

So, what, this means the 2008-era John McCain was a Southerner?

Andrew Stevens said...

McCain moved to Arizona after he got out of the service and ran for office. His opponent accused him of being a carpetbagger and McCain responded, "Come to think of it, the longest I lived anywhere was Hanoi." The carpetbagger charge disappeared after that.

McCain moved around too much to be considered anything but an American, but he was by his father's ancestry entirely a Southerner, Scots-Irish by descent and his paternal grandfather was born and raised in Mississippi. (It is true his mother was a Californian, but her father was an oil wildcatter and her mother was a Texan. More Western than Southern I admit.)

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