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Filling a vacuum

This article on Sen. John Allen of Virginia is more interesting from an anthropological than from a political point of view. Many of us have met that unique American phenomenon: the fake hillbilly. That means someone who grew up in the suburbs around Los Angeles and, in order to find some kind of meaningful identity, in his teenage years embraced the romantic mith of rural America, and especially of the Old South, to the point of sincerely thinking of himself as a Good Old Boy from Virginia. That includes dreaming about the glories of the Confederacy, chewing tobacco, wearing cowboy boots, developing a Southern drawl, embracing a certain brand of red-state republicanism etc. It is obviously a genuine expression of the Religious Sense.

Reader Comments (5)

you mean the senator or barry?


April 28, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

An Irish dancing hillibilly - what's wrong with this picture?

I can ensure you that Eppler and I are the "real things." Eppler's brother plays pretty good banjo by the way.

"I have a dream, a dream that one day" blue-grass music will be heard at our National Diaconia. CL will have truly become "American" when this occurs.

Think about the birth of a new cd series - Spirto Americano which would consist of jazz, blues & of course blue-grass music.

"I have a dream..."

April 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

actually, Spirito Americano doesn't sound like a bad idea...


April 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thinking about it... Why not use the profits of this cd series (if it ever happens) to support the life of CLU in America? It would be a good cause in my opinion but what does this simple hillbilly know. I leave it all in the hands of Our Lady.

May 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I guess Bay Ridge Band is "Spirito Americano"


May 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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