Saturday, January 19, 2008

Today's Lesson: Why "Red State" Folks Sometimes Don't "Get" "Blue State" Folks

I saw this bumper sticker today. I imagine a fanboy was driving, but my shock/bemusement prevented me from checking.

Now, I know the LOTR trilogy grossed more than $1B, much of that in "Red States," Podnuh. And, personally, I've never read or seen the trilogy, so I can't explain the reference, but I'm sure the sticker applier could do a good half-hour on it, easily. But as a geek myself in so many other areas, I can recognize that it's this kind of out-of-left-field cultural/political connect the dots that makes us book-learned "Blue Staters" appear fuhrrin foreign to "NASCAR Dad" types.

So, Lefties? Keep your eye on the ball, at least until after the election.

1 comment:

Cristopher Boyer said...


Look, I'm not what you'd call a "republican," but I don't really lean to the left either.

That said, this right here? This has nothing to do with "book learnin'" being a foreign concept. The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are hardly subjects you'd refer to as "book learnin'" anyway.

The disconnect, I hate to say, is found right here in this post. It is this attitude, this assigned "da-hyuck" kind of personality that people take umbrage to. Don't get me wrong, I think cariactures are as funny as the next guy, but when the prevailing attitude seems to be "Either you agree with me or you're an inbred retard," (or outright evil, as the bumper sticker would have you believe) you're going to have a problem reaching across the aisle.

And really, that attitude goes against what all those hippy pinko commie leftists stand for anyway, right? Isn't important to recognize that everybody is great and special and equal, even if you're inbred and retarded? Or do you have to sign up for the newsletter first, now?