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Redneck Woman, Hell, Yeah

It’s all in how you say it. Does it trip off the tongue with affection in the spirit of bonhomie? Or does it slip through a smirk of contempt, betraying an elitism that Republicans have managed to equate with having attended college and actually learned something. Or “learnt,” if that makes your jeans fit better.

Redneck has become the new word one dare not speak unless one is a redneck. U.S. Rep. John Murtha got himself in hot water for calling voters in his district a bunch of "rednecks" -- a week after saying that many of the Pennsylvanians who put him in office were racist.

No, no, no, Congressman. Here’s how you say it: “Hell, yeah, my district’s full o’ rednecks, and I’m a redneck, too. And damn proud of it!”

Barring that, he might take a page from Sarah Palin’s playbook. In Asheville, N.C., for a rally Sunday, Palin brought in country singer Gretchen Wilson to warm up the crowd.

Now Asheville, hometown of Thomas Wolfe, isn’t exactly the redneck axis of the southeastern U.S.A. Called the Austin of the East for its very groovy music scene, it’s more hip than neck, more granola than grits, more Prius than NASCAR.

But this was a McCain-Palin rally. So those who usually cram the streets and convention center for Smashing Pumpkins or Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band likely were huddled in Asheville’s numerous coffee houses (that bear radical, socialist, possibly terrorist-sympathizing names such as Izzy’s Coffee Den and the Dripolator), doing elitist things such as blogging or, who knows, even debating what Wolfe might have meant by “a stone, a leaf, an unfound door.”

Gretchen had the crowd fully stoked when Palin arrived, dressed in jeans, and requested the hit song “Redneck Woman.” Palin clapped and sang along. You can, too.

Hell. Yeah.

By Kathleen Parker  | October 28, 2008; 9:30 AM ET
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Posted by: thepurpleocean | October 28, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Smart young women of Alaska on Palin:

Posted by: JWAL1 | October 28, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The lyrics of this song are just too ironic!!

"Oh but I can buy the same damn thing on a Wal*Mart shelf half price
And still look sexy
Just as sexy
As those models on TV
No I don't need no designer tag to make my man want me"

Posted by: why1201 | October 28, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

No one should be proud of being a redneck. The "redneck woman" she brought in to introduce her just got her GED. Ignorance is nothing to be proud of.

Posted by: AngryLiberal | October 28, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I am from Asheville and agree that it is similar to Austin in that it's "more hip than neck". Like Austin, it is a liberal mecca surrounded by red. If you travel 15 minutes outside of the city, you won't have to look very long to discover people who proudly embody the very meaning of the label "redneck".

What's sad is that while these proud rednecks are good, hard-working people, they are seen at these Republican rallies booing at the term "spreading the wealth around", when it is in fact, their wealth (or lack thereof) currently being spread to the wealthiest.

Many of these "rednecks" would pay less in taxes and receive better health care under Obama's plans than McCain's. Unfortunately, if you ask any number of them about Obama, more than a few will repeat to you the lies and distortions that spread through the Western NC mountains like wildfire early on and never came close to being put out.

I am not a redneck and I shun the label but I do live in an area where many are proud rednecks and they have the bumper-stickers to prove it. They are my neighbors and they are part of my community. Therefore, it sickens me that they are constantly being taken advantage of by the Republican party, who prey on their fears and ignorance for votes, while doing little if nothing in return for them. I hope to someday see that change.

Posted by: shadowbox77 | October 28, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Feel the hate. The last bastion of discrimination is hatred toward whites and rural people. Interesting to note that the "inclusive" and "tolerant" crowd is both woefully ignorant of the actual demographics of their target, and painfully aware that their enemy has a better quality of life.

Parker, you are a bigot.

Posted by: GreenHornet1 | October 28, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Well, I've been called "Redneck" before, as well as "Pretty Boy," "College Boy," "Wannabe (as a reference to having Black friends)," and even "Southern Gentleman."

Doesn't bother me. I'm none of those. But I know plenty of all of them. I look forward to the day when the Rednecks are truly outnumbered.

Hopefully Nov. 9th, 2008 will mark that day.

Good Riddance to Bush (Redneck in Chief) and his Fascist (though mostly non-Redneck) Cronies.

Hell Yeah! and "God Bless." (The phony Jerk)

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 28, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

a redneck woman in borrowed pearls casts herself before the swine.

and they don't want her.

Posted by: forestbloggod | October 28, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"The last bastion of discrimination is hatred toward whites and rural people."

I'll tell you what. I'll take the occasional snobbery from city people if you'll shoulder the burden I bear every time I visit much of rural America (particularly the South). As a gay man I suffer the very real possibility of being denied a job or a place to live in many rural areas. I suffer the very real possibility of being ganged up on and beaten senseless.

So please stop whining about your terrible cross to bear as a small towner. It pales in comparison to what some (but not all) in small towns routinely do to people they don't like, particularly gays, nonChristians, people of color, etc.

Posted by: HillMan | October 28, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I never used to think "redneck" was a slur. I thought it was just another way to describe an ethnic/socioeconomic group. To me, "white trash" is a slur, and a complex one at that.

Then I started to see people taking offense over the word "redneck". I didn't share their view that white folks are oppressed in this country (I'm white myself and I haven't noticed it) but I thought, OK, in the interests of calling people what they want to be called I'll remove that word from my vocabulary. Now it seems to fall in that category of words you can use about yourself but not about somebody else. *shrug*

Posted by: csdiego | October 28, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"Ignorant and proud of it" is the GOP base. It's that simple. These folk need help, guidance, and someone to tell them what to do. A preacher's (or con man's) dream come true. And they never ever question authority.

The GOP is betting the quantity of Ignorants outnumber the Informed. They make no secret who they market to. Same with Fixed News. Oh, and the quality of the Ignorant at these GOP rallies is truly breathtaking.

And the rest of the world watches...thanks, GOP and Fixed News, for making all Americans look like idiots.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | October 28, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

oh, for crying out loud!
Some people might use redneck as an insult to apply to the worst possible characteristics of some of a group of people, but there are a lot of non-bigoted country folks who wear the title with pride, too. Check out Or, if you prefer, another group,

And another thang---That Palin gal has had a voice coach(as this redneck read in Sunday's New York Times)

Posted by: martymar123 | October 28, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many high school English teachers are making their kids read "All the King's Men" right now.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | October 28, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, the Republican base...those rednecks and evangelical Christians and the ignorant - the ones who don't think for themselves and wait for leaders to tell them what to do and how to think and where to go...sheeple. Why are the Republicans so fearful of the elitists and the educated and the intellectual? Because we can look through their line of BS and know that they are out to screw everyone they can and hoard all the wealth for themselves. I think, therefore I am a Democrat!

Posted by: myersdonihoo | October 28, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I first started reading Ms. Parker's column while living as a rust belt Midwesterner in that right wing bastion unparalleled; Utah. It generally made me sick to my stomach. So it's refreshing for me to learn that she is not an automaton tool of the right, but a thinking, bright and fairminded human being. Thank God for her and Noonan and Buckley and Brooks and Will and the rest, I may never agree with their ideology but they have all earned my respect. I hope they can save their party, it'd be fun to have a worthy adversary again.

Posted by: elkofan | October 28, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Ignorant + prideful = vulnerable.
Open your eyes and swallow you pride.
Hate. Fear. Greed. 8 more years?

VOTE the CHANGE WE NEED = Obama '08

Posted by: ford9504 | October 28, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Your skin is too thin. Toughen up! This article was not written by a bigot. I grew up in Asheville and still have family there. My other family members who have lived outside of Asheville forever are hicks, not rednecks. And I say that with affection. We are a diverse family; we agree to disagree. They don't travel far from their roots because they prefer that, while the big city drew me. If I brought any of my liberal/ethnic/educated friends to their homes for dinner (middle of the day, as opposed to evening), they would be friendly, warm, and have the good sense not to bring up religion or politics. My southern family is polite and tolerant; my friends are their friends and vice versa. Rednecks, however, are intolerant. We mostly ignore them. They may turn out for a rally with Palin because it's entertaining, but they don't vote. They're too busy working to pay for Bush's war bills.

Posted by: patriciacaldwell | October 28, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

OK, so now we add "redneck" to the list of Governor Palin's personality traits. Want to see a compendium of the rest? See

Posted by: jheubusch | October 28, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Put it this way..When I think of Rednecks..I think of White Men in Pick up trucks with Conf. flag bumper stickers..aka..RACIST white people. So you can use the turn all you want to describe yourself.'re just outing the fact that your a racist. I dare you to go into a black or even hispanic neighborhood talking about your a redneck. You WILL HAVE A RED NECK when you leave..RUNNING from an angry mob;)

Posted by: THEBADDESTBLKCHICK | October 28, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear God, this is not my country. Every polling station should educate voters by having them watch "Idiocracy" before casting their ballot.

Because if the willful ignorance of the McPalin ticket wins, we will be a great leap closer to an Idiocracy establishment.

Posted by: itchy1 | October 28, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Fear mongering is what the GOP knows best. Creating fear in order to achieve your agenda and control the masses has been used since the dawn of age...because it works. The GOP's base is the uneducated rural america while at the top of the ticket usually sits a filthy rich often corrupt person. It's the sad truth in America. If you want your country back get out and vote...Don't trust the polls.

Posted by: ryanr007 | October 28, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Saw a great bumper sticker today on the back of an old gentleman’s car that read:

Where the air is cold
And the Governor is HOT!

Posted by: kparc | October 28, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

25 Reasons You MIGHT Be a Redneck
Thanks, Jeff Foxworthy!

1. You think "loading the dishwasher" means getting your wife drunk.

2. You ever cut your grass and found a car.

3. You own a home that is mobile and 5 cars that aren't.

4. You think the stock market has a fence around it.

5. Your stereo speakers used to belong to the Drive-in Theater.

6. Your boat has not left the drive-way in 15 years.

7. You own a homemade fur coat.

8. Chiggers are included on your list of top 5 hygiene concerns.

9. You burn your yard rather than mow it.

10. Your wife has ever said, "Come move this transmission so I can take a bath"

11. You read the Auto Trader with a highlight pen.

12. The Salvation Army declines your mattress.

13. You've ever raked leaves in your kitchen.

14. Birds are attracted to your beard.

15. Your wife's job requires her to wear an orange vest.

16. You were shooting pool when any of your kids were born.

17. You have the local taxidermist's number on speed dial.

18. You've ever hit a deer with your car...deliberately.

19. Your school fight song was "Dueling Banjos"

20. You think a chain saw is a musical instrument.

21. You've ever given rat traps as gifts.

22. You clean your fingernails with a stick.

23. Your coffee table used to be a cable spool.

24. You keep a can of RAID on the kitchen table.

25. Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.

Posted by: kparc | October 28, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Why would anybody want to be proud of being a redneck?

The dictionary defines "redneck" as:
1. an uneducated white farm laborer, esp. from the South.
2. a bigot or reactionary, esp. from the rural working class.

Why would anybody want to be proud of being a double-digit-IQ moron whose parents were siblings?

Why would anybody want to be proud of being a wife-beating alcoholic methhead??

Why would anybody want to be proud of voting for Chimpy twice?

Rednecks are stupid, ignorant, hateful people and nobody should aspire to that.

Posted by: TomIII | October 28, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

It is not racist to call someone a redneck.

Rednecks are not a racial group.

Rednecks are a STUPID group.

If you're a redneck and don't want to be one anymore, all you have to do is pick up a book and start reading it.

There is no such thing as racism against rednecks. Rednecks are just stupid ignorant morons. They are not a group that deserves any protection.

Posted by: TomIII | October 28, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic party in the United State has its roots and long tradition as the party of the common person. For nearly 200 years, "pocket-book" issues, labor rights, and fairness have been the major hallmarks of the party. True, there have been aberrations in different regions, but the basis of populist government lies in the Democratic party.

The present spate of fear-mongering by desperate party backers of John McCain and the appeal to the worst features of American character leaves us to wonder what values a McCain-Palin administration would actually represent. Is it not better to lose with some dignity than to swirl the waters of racism, classism, and raw baseless fears?

Posted by: Jazzman7 | October 28, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic party in the United State has its roots and long tradition as the party of the common person. For nearly 200 years, "pocket-book" issues, labor rights, and fairness have been the major hallmarks of the party. True, there have been aberrations in different regions, but the basis of populist government lies in the Democratic party.

The present spate of fear-mongering by desperate party backers of John McCain and the appeal to the worst features of American character leaves us to wonder what values a McCain-Palin administration would actually represent. Is it not better to lose with some dignity than to swirl the waters of racism, classism, and raw baseless fears?

(And Patricia - thanks for your reassuring words. Decency means a lot!)

Posted by: Jazzman7 | October 28, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Redneck Woman? Hell NO!!

I find stupid people unattractive.

Sarah Palin is NOT hot. She looks like an old frump with a beehive and huge glasses.

Redneck women drink too much, smoke too much, have missing teeth, and probably have some kind of disease "down there".

No thanks! I'll stick with the literate.

Posted by: TomIII | October 28, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if you rednecks would take a bath once in a while and change your underwear, people might actually like you.

And stop dragging minority folks from the back of your pickup trucks, that would help your image too.

Posted by: TomIII | October 28, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The redneck woman thing was interesting, but the most bizarre occurrence during the Palin rally was the arrival of a horde of Asheville zombies outside the Asheville Civic Center to protest her visit.

Check it out:

Story here:

Posted by: blowmeplz | October 28, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I thought the Obama team had an all inclusive philosophy. To start bashing any social group, specially hard-working people, is completely unacceptable. Where is the "we are all equal" theme Obama preaches?

Posted by: voice2 | October 28, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

wow, cool.
i watched this clip with sarah palin and the clip where jay leno talks with michelle obama. real people are great when there isn't political theater. let us, down-to-earth people, get involved in politics.

ain't nothing wrong with americans involved in our political process!

keep the dream alive

Posted by: egalitaire | October 28, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

That had to be the most stupid 3 minute video of the campaign. Unfortunately, I decided to watch that train-wreck.

Palin didn't know the words (like she would know any words?), the song went on WAY too long to introduce a vp candidate, and EVERYONE on stage was bored about 30 seconds into the 'introduction,' - if you could call it that.

Is this the level McCain and Palin have stooped to? Promising a singer she could sing her "Redneck" song to completion before the Republican vp candidate got a chance at the microphone?

What a joke~! Seriously. Senator McCain and Governor Palin, it is time for you to exit the national stage. Otherwise, the country may have to resurrect the Gong Show hook, just for BOTH of you.

Say goodnight, gracefully.


Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | October 28, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Miss fancy Palin a redneck? These rednecks around here thinks thats so funny, I personaly dont know any rednecks that goes around in expensive clothes like miss Palin lol.

Posted by: smorrow | October 28, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Skit: "Number One Maverick", staring Feylin, Obondo, Toddenegger, McCannery, & with K. Parker cameo

Dear Ms. Parker, in a poll-induced delerium I imagined the following skit. I sent it to SNL, but they "don't accept creative ideas" -- something about lawyers' feed.

So I decided to send it to you because you have a cameo role in it, and I have a hunch you'll enjoy the humor... (and I guess I really do have the writer's disease... I want to be read.)


Scene starts 1-on-1 aside between Feylin and audience. Location unknown. Stream of consciousness, possibly overvoiced as thoughts. "I'm more mavericky than he is!" "He shoulda listened to me!" "I'll show 'im who's the most mavericky of all!" "Them wuss boys down in Washington won't know what hit 'em!" "Wuss boys. Washington boys. Both start with 'w'. Hmmm..."

Cut to ominous conference room with all the highback chairs turned away from table. Cam zooms on head of table where a hulking Toddenegger stands in shadows to the side. Chair swivels round a la Number One in Bond films. Feylin in shiny shiny duds stroking cat and smiling smiling. Closeup aside, "I got this cat from Uncle Ted, and it was *not* a gift!"

Number Two walks in. It's McCannery. "Sorry about Obondo, Number One." Cut to Obama impersonator impersonating Bond doing something silly like winning a race in slo-mo epic Bond style. Cue Chariots of Fire music. Kathleen Parker race commentator swooningly says, "Look! he doesn't sweat! Ever." McCannery shown dripping, drenched as he struggles to cross finish line, (but doesn't before cam cuts away).

(Flashback above could be done an on-stage big-screen replay while boardroom watches. The Toddenegger handles the remote. Menacingly.)

Cut back to Number One, "Todd-man, show him what we do when boys fail us..." Cut away with Bond theme music and 60s graphic transition, cut back to Obondo doing something Bondy on the other side of the finish line... like getting the tall tall Bond Girl impersonated by a Michelle-O impersonator. (maybe Obondo is very very short?)

Cut back. Closeup. Fey chair spins round into camera and Feylin says, "Todd-man, so who's our new Number Two?" Toddenegger deadpans menacingly, "That one."

Zoom shaky cam on chair mid way down table. Nervous nervous guy Meekly (who looks a lot like ____ ) intones shakily, "Live from NY... it's Saturday Night!" No audience noise, dead silence. Feylin stares him down. Meekly, "Maam." Feylin, "You betcha!" Cue audience noise and roll intro...

Cutback aside: Feylin, "...and these shiny shiny clothes which make me look so good and get all the boys yelling [smiles a dreamy smile of world domination] ...I got them at a consignment shop back home, right Number Two?!" Meekly, "You betcha?" Feylin frowns. Last frames show a large shadowy Toddenegger moving towards Meekly's chair (or pointing the remote) ... like he did with McCannery.

Fade to black. Feylin's voice. "Next!"

Posted by: bricedue | October 28, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Has Obama found his birth certificate yet?

Posted by: pgr88 | October 28, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

What’s happening to this world? I’m one of those liberal Obama voters, but I’m becoming a fan of yours.
I think the real point you’re making is that the Republican party has to start acting like the party of smart, educated adults; not uneducated miscreants. And, I absolutely agree. This nation has a two party system which ideally, should keep our democracy in some kind of balance. It’s been out of balance for the past eight years, and now it looks like the pendulum is swinging the other way, (to my delight). However, in the long run, this country needs two well balanced parties that can get along with each other in order to function. If the Republican party becomes the party of the proudly uneducated, the rednecks, the religious fanatics, political balance will not happen.

Posted by: sarcasticfringehead | October 28, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Hi Kathleen,

I've decided that you are "way hotter" than Sarah Palin from gazing at the mini-photo shown on your blog. Ann Coulter will hopefully shrink away and get a haircut that befits her age...

It seems that hot-looking older babes are the in-thing right now, even though they aren't necessarily "hot" in real life situations. Nonetheless, as an age 61 male voter I'll follow you wherever you say is the way to go... Hey, can we have a few beers afterward? ;-)

Yer lovin' admirer,


Posted by: jbc3 | October 28, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Associating ignorance with rednecks is too funny to me. I am a proud, city redneck, having spent most of my youth in Louisiana and Wyoming. My wife is a 5th generation Cajun and absolutely qualifies as a redneck. Between us we have one PhD and three master's degrees (from state universities, of course). We are happy to be included in the redneck club. Our families are southern born and bred and take no offense at being called redneck; we all just laugh. Most of our siblings are college edu"ma"cated and several have advanced degrees. Perhaps you wouldn't immediately identify us as rednecks when you first met any of us but once you get to know us there's plenty of clues. We variously hunt, fish, listen to gospel and country music (I prefer hard rock), drive big trucks and little itty, bitty econo-boxes, barbecue and smoke animal parts, drink beer and hard "likker" and fancy wines, etc. We have jobs that require high tech skills and professional degrees and jobs that don't require any special skills. We don't all vote R and many of us vote I or D. Wait a second, it sure seems that's similar to a lot of people who don't call themselves rednecks. Embrace a redneck tomorrow or better yet, embrace your inner redneck. Once you get to know enough of us, you will see that we are not much different from non-rednecks, except that we think you talk funny.

Posted by: mraymond10 | October 28, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

City people, urban people, the urbane educated people, strivers, achievers, delicate people, those of us with soft hands and clean fingernails who seek to figure things out with a big picture in mind ... we are universally denigrated, without hesitation, and almost without exception, by rural/country folk.

This isn't a uni-directional divide.

The only difference is that rural/country folk are able take advantage of the civilization and technological achievements that distinguish us from rural/agricultural pre-literate societies (in this case, the internet -- specifically the website of the Washington Post) to spit all over those very achievements.

Want to live in a redneck world? Get off the internet, get out of your manufactured trucks, get off the engineered infrastructure, and go live your proud, ignorant lives in a true agrarian culture. Try Sudan.


Then shut up and take advantage of our advanced civilization (i.e., get an education), and stop whining when people call you stupid. Your prideful underachievement is tiresome.

Posted by: terry1960 | October 28, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

My god. The names we call one another - we live in a country united by two things: contempt for one another and the freedom to express that contempt. As the song goes "We're all bozos on this bus"

Posted by: cymric | October 28, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Palin's wearing jeans. I thought she said she wasn't ashamed of getting caught blowing $150K+ on wardrobe and makeup for her and her family in one month.

So it's just a coincidence that now she suddenly turns up in jeans? Riiiiiiight.

Posted by: bourassa1 | October 28, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

For the RepubliPalin Party to court "rednecks" with overt denigration of those who don't live in small towns or rural America is to court political disaster.

Cities and metropolitan areas are growing -- as they always have in all advancing cultures through history. Only civilizations that are on the decline see their rural populations grow. (So if it turns out to be a good strategy ... Heaven forbid.)

The reason why cities' populations grow and rural areas shrink is that there is a natural gravitation toward achievement and potential among humans, which comes with being with a lot more -- and more diverse -- humans. Strivers leave the countryside to join the growth of civilization in cities.

As a native of San Francisco, I'd always been struck by how many gays had southern or rural accents. In my youth, I'd associated those accents with "being gay." Then I realized that gays and lesbians in San Francisco were, for the most part, not natives of San Francisco -- they were the diaspora of southern and rural America. They had sought the freedom and acceptance that San Francisco offered for intellectual and cultural growth. They attend our colleges, find professional careers, and generally make their lives better, thus improving our neighborhoods and raising our overall value (economically & culturally).

And the same is true of the vast majority of my city's population -- or the population any successful city -- it is made up of the diaspora of the world, all seeking to improve their lives, and thus improving mine. (As a native-born city kid, I've been lucky to not have to pick up and move here, but I have benefited tremendously by all the different people -- gays and Hindus, Ohioans and Hispanics, even self-described "urban rednecks" -- who have all come to "The City" to take advantage of its incredible opportunities.)

And that is happening all over America, just as it is all over the world. So to base a political movement on pitting those who stay behind against those who move to live with more -- and more diverse -- people, is an a-historical folly and mathematically inept. Redneck translation: stupid.

Posted by: terry1960 | October 28, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

oops. Betcha she won't make that mistake again!

Posted by: patriot16 | October 28, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

CaptainJohn - I think maybe you missed the point? Palin obviously thought she would bond to this crowd of rednecks in her jeans, singing the redneck anthem. She was talkin to a buncha sutherners and she made an erroneous assumption that they were rednecks who would be riled up that she was one of them.


Posted by: patriot16 | October 28, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

John Murtha *is* a redneck (of the proud sort). He was born in the area that he represents and was commenting on his own history as much as that of his constituency.

It's West Virginia's senator Jay Rockefeller who would be using the term "redneck" at his peril (and he never will, of course).

Posted by: multiplepov | October 28, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Having grown up with a lot of rednecks (aka hill-williams) I would attest to this: other than liking to drink beer, planting hoodless cars on cinder blocks to rust in the front yard, and acting stupider than dirt there's nothing really much more to say about them. Watching cars go round and round on an oval track for hours on end seems to be the perfect entertainment for them.


Posted by: mickster1 | October 28, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

All you have to do is lie on stomach and wait five or ten minutes, and your anus will be speaking redneck in short order.

Posted by: wangbang747 | October 28, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Redneck or rural folks, elitists or professionals, we need to understand we all have a place in our country. We do not all have the need or means or native intelligence to attend college and become erudite. Similarly, we have no need for two hundred million factory employees or construction laborers. But we must be secure enough and humble enough to recognize our limitations. It is both dangerous and foolish for our citizenry to believe that anyone "just like them" can run a country as complex as America. While I think I understand where the conceit comes from, I have no clue how to get rid of it.

Posted by: merrill1 | October 28, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Merrill1, I wholeheartedly agree with you. But this time it is not the conceit of someone who thinks he can run America, but the gall of someone who wants to "change America" that scares me to death. America is the greatest country on earth. We need changes to our government in Washington, but we do not need to "change America."

About rednecks. Obviously rednecks like to make fun of themselves, but do not like people making fun of them. That gets into the discrimination or thinking you are better than they are. Is this not what the blacks think? That the whites think they are better? Sadly, Obama has made race an issue in this campaign. I have not heard McCain or Palin talk about race, but Obama has harped on the subject. Except of the horrible Wright and terrible Rose, Obama's friends are white!! He has stirred up race to get the votes. If he wins it will be interesting to see what he does for them. Drop them, I think. This is all about HIM and his radical buddies. He is an empty suit.

Posted by: annnort | October 29, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is back to wearing her own clothes now that she was caught wearing outfits that cost GOP contributors $150,000.

However, her constant refrain that she really didn't want an expensive wardrobe is completely hypocritical given that she initially accepted it and wore several outfits until the media outed her.

I wonder if the GOP's still paying $20,000/wk for make-up and hair stylists to travel with her.

Posted by: HFNY | October 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin was a true redneck she wouldn't be siding up with some multi-millionaire who doesn't know what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck.
She's deceitful, ambitious and prejudiced.
And hiding behind all of the above.

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 29, 2008 2:13 AM | Report abuse

I am glad someone else has noticed this important fact. I have been professor of sociology for over 20 years who has studied countercultures and social movements.

Please check my two top-10 articles on my BLOG (The HipHappy Times.) This is the place to "Get Hip, Happy, High and Healthy by Learning, Laughing and Loving Life."

(1) Rednecks Have Run America For Far Too Long!! from May 25, 2008

(2) Your Vice President Might Be a Redneck If: from September 3, 2008

Please remember that friends don't let friends vote for rednecks!!

Dr. Tom Hoban

Posted by: drhiphappy | October 29, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

It's unbelievable that in this day and age anyone strives for the title "Redneck" especially a woman in a government leadership position. Does Palin have the intelligence to understand that she stands on the shoulders of intelligent women and men that fought to overcome the suppression of women.

Sarah, if Rednecks set the rules you wouldn't be a governor but your pandering to cavemen really is appropriate. You found the base that will follow you.

With you leading the charge to de-evolve the country I suggest the GOP's elephant become a wooly mammoth.

Posted by: sciengr | October 29, 2008 3:58 AM | Report abuse

Brownshirt Barbie for president in 2012.

Posted by: peartree | October 29, 2008 5:27 AM | Report abuse

you don't need an experience to run for president. you don't need to prove if you were born in america. all you need to do is associates with people hating america. the leftist, the radicalist, the marxist, undesirable people of america will vote for you.

Posted by: mollymarry | October 29, 2008 5:54 AM | Report abuse

these paid negative bloggers, need some sleep. rest your brains. take a bath, to refresh yourself, open your eyes. you will be surprise how beautiful the world is if mccain, and sarah will lead the country.

Posted by: mollymarry | October 29, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

25 More Reasons You MIGHT Be a Redneck
Thanks, Jeff Foxworthy!

26. Your mother has "ammo" on her Christmas list.

27. Every socket in your house breaks a fire code.

28. You've totaled every car you've ever owned.

29. There are more than five McDonald's bags in your car.

30. The Home Shopping operator recognizes your voice.

31. There has ever been crime-scene tape on your bathroom door.

32. You've ever been kicked out of the zoo for heckling the monkeys.

33. The taillight covers of your car are made of red tape.

34. You think a subdivision is part of a math problem.

35. You've ever bathed with flea and tick soap.

36. You think "taking out the trash" means taking your in-laws to a movie.

37. You have every episode of Hee-Haw on tape.

38. You've ever been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.

39. You’re considered an expert on worm beds.

40. Your kids take a siphon hose to "Show and Tell"

41. The dog catcher calls for a backup unit when visiting your house.

42. You've ever bought a used cap.

43. Your CB antenna is a danger to low-flying planes.

44. You pick your teeth….. from a catalog.

45. You've ever financed a tattoo.

46. You've ever stolen toilet paper.

47. You think a hot tub is a stolen bathroom fixture.

48. People hear your car a long time before they see it.

49. The gas pedal on your car is shaped like a bare foot.

50. You prefer car keys to Q-tips.

Posted by: kparc | October 29, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

25 More Reasons You MIGHT Be a Redneck
Thanks, Jeff Foxworthy!

51. You take a fishing pole into Sea World.

52. You think a turtleneck is key ingredient for soup.

53. You've ever stood in line to have your picture taken with a freak of nature.

54. You think the French Riviera is foreign car.

55. You go to a stock car race and don't need a program.

56. You've ever filled your deer tag on the golf course.

57. You have ever used lard in bed.

58. You own more than 3 shirts with cut off sleeves.

59. You have ever spray-painted your girlfriends name on an overpass.

60. Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.

61. Someone asks to see your ID and you show them your belt buckle.

62. The primary color of your car is Bondo.

63. Directions to your house include "Turn off the paved road" 64. Your dog and your wallet are both on a chain.

65. You owe the taxidermist more than your annual income.

66. You ever lost a tooth opening a beer bottle.

67. Jack Daniels makes you list of most admired people.

68. Your wife's hairdo has ever been ruined by a ceiling fan.

69. You see no need to stop at a rest stop 'cause you have an empty milk jug.

70. You consider the fifth grade your senior year.

71. You have a rag for a gas cap (on a car that doesn’t run).

72. The dog can't watch you eat without gagging.

73. You have a hefty bag where the window of your car should be.

74. You have ever bar-b-qued Spam on the grill.

75. Your brother-in-law is also your uncle

Posted by: kparc | October 29, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

25 More Reasons You MIGHT Be a Redneck
Thanks, Jeff Foxworthy!

76. Redman Chewing Tobacco sends you a Christmas card.

77. You bought a VCR because wrestling comes on while you're at work.

78. Your dad walks you to school because you're in the same grade.

79. You view the next family reunion as a chance to meet girls.

80. Your wife has a beer belly and you find it attractive.

81. Your front porch collapses and kills more than five dogs.

82. The main course at potluck dinners is road kill.

83. Your other truck is made by John Deere.

84. You think suspenders are a type of shirt.

85. Going to the bathroom at night involves shoes and a flashlight.

86. You keep a spit cup on the ironing board.

87. You ever got too drunk to fish.

88. More than one living relative is named after a civil war general.

89. Your home has more miles on it than your car.

90. You think that potted meat on a saltine is an hors d'ouerve.

91. There is a stuffed possum anywhere in your house.

92. You consider a six-pack and a bug-zapper high-quality entertainment.

93. Fewer than half of your cars run.

94. Your mother doesn't remove the Marlboro from her lips before telling the State Trooper to kiss her ass.

95. You honestly think that women are turned on by animal noises and seductive tongue gestures.

96. You stand under the mistletoe at Christmas and wait for Granny and cousin Bobby-Sue to walk by.

97. Your family tree doesn't have any branches.

98. Your mother has been involved in a fistfight at a high school sports event.

99. The best way to keep things cold is to leave'em in the shade.

100. The neighbors started a petition over your Christmas lights.

Posted by: kparc | October 29, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Bravo, Kathleen. I really hope you will continue this kind of commentary AFTER the election. As other posters have noted, this country needs two political parties with different developed takes and ideas, which watch over and critique one another in civil and intelligent ways. The Republican party, as it stands now and has for some time, is morally and intellectually unfit to be one of these parties.

Posted by: cm06acf | October 29, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

“Hell, yeah, my district’s full o’ rednecks, and I’m a redneck, too. And damn proud of it!”

Pffft. Rednecks gave us George Bush, the Iraq War, and economic misery.

MY district is full of the snooty liberal elites who will actually have to CLEAN UP the mess left by rednecks like, oh, Joe the Plumber and JoeMama.

Posted by: hillary11 | October 29, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Being racist means you discriminate against something that a person cannot change like their skin color....being an ignorant redneck or a racist is a choice therefore it is NOT racist of us to treat them like the scum they are....NOTE to rednecks: Its not the huntin, the NASCAR watchin or the Meth takin that bothers us...ITS THE IGNORANCE YOU DISPLAY.

So be yourselves just educate yourselves a little more....I dont have a college education and I make less than a walmart mom, but if I dont understand something I educate myself at the library or on the computer. Its OK to know things because then you are less likely to be played by people who want to take advantage of you....Like the Republican party.

Why do you care about rich people getting richer?? They dont give Americans jobs anymore they send them to China and with all the loop holes and fancy accountants they hire they hardly pay taxes...So dont let those greedy jerks trick you into voting for them...The government was set up to protect Americans and our rights to Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...If the 1% Americans who are rich have all the money and stuff it in Swiss Bank accounts then that would seriously affect our ability to achieve.

There is a reason that pride is a 7 deadly sin...

Posted by: Beka13 | October 29, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Its nice to read all the nice comments about rednecks and Palin. Liberals are well .. so amazingly tolerant.. NOT !

Yes.. some rednecks are no doubt racist and sexist (not just a redneck attribute given the treatment of Hillary and Palin) and uneducated... and we all need to work on those issues and improve ourselves... but.. I also know many "rednecks" who are gracious, loving, hard-working, charitable persons, Christian persons, many willing to fight for their country in the services.

If Obama's message of unity and bipartisan is real.. it would be nice if it was shared by his liberal supporters.

- A fan of rednecks.

Posted by: pvilso24 | October 29, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Red Neck will probably never be a term of endearment to a 60 year old native Virginian like myself , but decidedly more offensive , to me , are the retrograde ideas foisted upon my fellow Southerners under its banner .

We Southerners struggled well into the 19th century , to rid ourselves of an economic caste system that kept most Southerners in poverty , promoted child labor and underfunded our public schools ;with the expressed intent of increasing the supply of child workers .

Not until after WWII, was real progress made in elevating education standards in public schools in the South - so to see my fellow Southerners celebrate anti-intellectualism on any level –is truly an anathema, as far as I’m concerned.

And given the fact, that much of this intellectual retrenchment and its celebration of Sarah Palin as the standard bearer, is linked to a callus political strategy hatched by non-Southerners -it and the GOP whiz kids who cooked it up, deserve an extra measure of scorn .

But to give all due credit , the whiz kids out did themselves in the selection of Ms Palin – she is apparently too true an embodiment of anti-intellectualism for the more staid element in the GOP . Saracuda is causing a bit of indigestion around the “just desert” table and we now have a clearly acknowledged demarcation between Real and Nominal Republicans .This could be the making of a very nasty divorce.

In that battle - the Palin wing - vs- the Anti-Palin wing . It’s a simple matter - the Anti-Palin wing wins, they’ve got the fancy lawyers - and by the way, the money .

In GOP world, the Palin wing has always been in a somewhat honorary / auxiliary status with Real GOPers , useful foot soldiers of sort ,one might say .

Real GOP membership requires a net -worth of, at least, the tens of millions it takes to rise above auxiliary or honorary status. And nowadays there seems to be the additional membership requirements of:
• Sufficient adherence market free gospel to overcome any concern for the common good and posterity and
• A willingness to permit or be party to , the unconscionable financial sabotage of America and its future via endless tax cuts and US job eliminations.

Real GOPers never seriously gave “ a hoot ” about Nominal GOPers cultural issues -- and the Real GOPers will ultimately take their Party back - it’s theirs ,it has always been theirs .

We should not forget, the GOP likes to redecorate every now and then, they were the “faux civil rights party ”- before they were the ” faux cultural issues party ” . However, the one thing they have always been clear about is : they are the party of the rich.

Posted by: fullerg | October 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I know red-necks. And rednecks DO NOT spend $150,000 on a wardrobe.

83 days till the end of the Bush administration.

Posted by: CardFan | October 29, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Red necks are running for their political lives back to America's Southern hills this year. I'm glad theyr'e not forcing their "God Fearing" rustic-minded red necks on us all this election. I'm sick of red necks after 8 long years....

Posted by: buzziea | October 29, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Mark my words; This is The End of the GOP as we know it. In years to come, they will eventually become slightly more than an insignificant party. This has been coming for years now. They will be marginalized as an ultra right neo-con, bigoted, religious-fanatic party.

Case in point: When the talk becomes of how Sarah "Bubbles" Palin is the future of the party, well then it's time to cue the chirping crickets.

However, from their ashes will rise another party that is more middle of the road with a mantra of fiscal conservatism.

The good news is the neo-cons and religious fanatics will be pushed farther to the fringe and will wield no real power.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | October 29, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I watched the video and what got me more than anything was her intro and the local politician trying to convince the audience of her relevance for being VP was that 'she's just like us'. Haven't we had enough of that. I think the reaction we see here to redneck-ness is that's who wrangled Bush, thru church blitzes, into office and it's a group that isn't representative of the whole. I would beg to differ that a redneck from AK is just like rednecks elsewhere. Look at Joe the plumber, he's another redneck type and now he's getting a bunch of free clothes, cash to pay off taxes owed, and is an advisor on the remaining international policy tour. He should thank Obama for that one.

Posted by: janefree0513 | October 29, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

One more thing. If she ever were to run again, this is good fodder for an opponent and hopefully we'll see a good SNL skit come out of it.

Posted by: janefree0513 | October 29, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

TomIII (October 28, 2008 3:12 PM), I agree. What is this fascination with Palin's looks? She repulses me, and I know a good-looking woman when I see one :-)

Posted by: johng1 | October 30, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

So not another Crazy Obessed with personal
attacks on Gov Sarah Palin by that goofy
hateful Obama Shill Kathleen Parker again
today..The fact is that Parker is sooo damn
obessed with and jealous of Palin that
Parker has went totally rabid and lost what
few marbles these WAPO Obama Shills may have once possessed,therefore Parker is
totally unable to write anything else except her angry vile vicious attack pieces
again Gov Sarah Palin the Next Vice President of the United States!

Posted by: sandylong5274 | October 30, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

FYI for all you liberal types who love to believe that conservatives are simply dunderheads and ignoraemuses who do not understand the nuances of the world.... There is an Economics professor over at GMU who sometimes calls himself "just a simple redneck".... and he won the Nobel prize.

Posted by: oldnova | October 30, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

This is what all the country is watching this morning about Palin.

'Nuff said!

Posted by: lrb100 | October 30, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of "red neck", Palin had an public relations agency (lobbyist?) named "Rouge Cou".

She thought that that was some fancy way of saying "red neck".

Actually in French, It translates as 'Communist neck".

This is just one of the, at least three, failed companies that she and Todd owned.

Posted by: rrrarick | October 30, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Ah yes, so nice to read all these hateful posts from the Democrats... The party of tolerance.

Posted by: oldnova | October 30, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Rednecks are universal. Redneck is an attitude. Someone once described redneck to me as:

"Don't know nothin'; Don't wanna know nothin'".

You can be rich and still be a redneck. It has nothing to do with wealth or even education. It's all about attitude.

Posted by: chris30338 | October 30, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Dang that education! Gets in the way of my fun. Boo on readin' and writin'!!!

Posted by: Albie1 | October 30, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Rednecks voting for a Republican are like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

Babies, guns, and Jesus, oh my!

Posted by: BigRoy | October 30, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

For all of you that are having so much fun critizing "rednecks"----Do you really know one??? I live in a small southern town that-yeah-has its share of "rednecks", I guess. Most are hard-working country folks who feel they must identify with some "group" and are not so fortunate as many of you to mingle with the "higher class" of society-whatever that is--. Sometimes they talk too loud--but so do many of out overbearing politicians,etc.-but I can tell you this much--if you ever need someone in a crisis in your life, they will not judge you on money or materialistic values or your "so-called" position in society--they judge you on what kind of person you are. Of course, there are "rednecks" who are obnoxious, but there are also many wealthy high society characters who are also obnoxious!! I am rambling--but my main point lies in the fact that AngryLiberal hit a sore spot with me. I am a retired educator who worked with high school students for 34 years. Many had lots of social problems to overcome and financial responsibilities to their families and could not finsih school. Many did take the time to obtain a GED----NOT IGNORANT---but a victim of society. I have seen tears in their eyes when they passed this test because it was important to them to at least take this step. So--all people who must take step at a time in the education process and might not be as fortunate and judgemental as you are not all ignorant.

Posted by: pcgrissom | October 30, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say that putting a "redneck woman" in the whitehouse is a good thing.
Oh my god, imagine how the world press will view her, never mind being smart, but talking stupid is not something to be proud of.
Yeah, you may get what you deserve....again.
Imagine President John McCain speaking so angry as he always does to try and shut her up...wink wink, ya bethca John Boy.

Posted by: thebabe | October 30, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Shadowbox 77 writes: "Therefore, it sickens me that they are constantly being taken advantage of by the Republican party, who prey on their fears and ignorance for votes, while doing little if nothing in return for them."

Replace "Republican party" with "Democrat party", and infer black voters instead of "rednecks", and you've got an accurate statement.

What have Dems EVER done for blacks except keep them wanting for more? TAlk about ignorant and used....

Posted by: boosterprez | October 30, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 30, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I am an Indian (from India) in America and I would consider myself racist if I used that word on anyone.

Posted by: srakesh | October 30, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Foxworthy should explain about this term on Jay Leno show.

Posted by: vkarthik | October 30, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

pgr88 asked, "Has Obama found his birth certificate yet?"

Yep. It's been on the internet for some time. Here ya go:

Posted by: babzilicious | October 30, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Shadowbox 77 writes: "Therefore, it sickens me that they are constantly being taken advantage of by the Republican party"

Lets see
1) Abe Lincoln was republican and fought to free the slaves.
2)President Dwight Eisenhower (rep) fought for additonal freedom for the African Americans in 1957
3) Martin Luther King was a republican, Sammy Davis Jr. & Michel Williams because democrates where the leaders of the "KKK" and other groups that fought to surpress the freedoms of African Americans.

And now the Democrates are trying to landblast rednecks and to make ignorant remarks that republicans are taking advantage of them? Whats next? You want to hear & learn about racistism & suppression then go to this web site

Posted by: Come_on_people | October 30, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Yikes!!! I'm an African American woman who has spent most of her life living in NY and LA. Now I live in Northern Virginia. In my life experience, the term Redneck has always conjured images of folks who have no love for people like me. In fact, it is associated with the folks who enthusiastically lynched my brethern a half-century ago. Which is why I shuddered when I heard Palin embrace the term. I realize that the the "R" word is embraced by those who claim it in much the same way that some blacks enthusiastically claim the "N" word, but frankly it turns my stomach to imagine a global leader claiming either. This is the 21st century. Ours is a diverse nation where leaders need to be sensitive to how labels such as these polarize the population. Palin's celebration of the term may have drawn cheers from those who were at the rally, but to people like me it draws nothing but jeers. It also disqualifies her as someone I could ever support as an elected official. I hope she and McCain lose badly to discourage others from repeating the fear/hate-mongering tactics these two have employed in their quest for the White House. Americans deserve better.

Posted by: weyedawak2 | October 30, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey weyedawak,

I love that cry from the Ds - Republicans espouse hatred.

According to the Obama campaign, this country is filled with racists yet no anti-Americans exist at all despite the FACT that one of Obama's buddies, to this day, calls for the collapse of the US gov't...

Just who is the fear monger? I think that label is not unique to just one political party.....

You were speaking of polarizing labels?

Posted by: oldnova | October 30, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

PS Ever see Bill Clinton's Mom (RIP)? Now that was a redneck woman. Her son was the saviour of the Dems... Now they turn on her kind because they find it conveniant.

Posted by: oldnova | October 30, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

i believe in what ever u r u should be the best!!!!! but don't be no fool.

Posted by: kd6300 | October 30, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse


Somehow, someway, I am supposed to IDENTIFY with this person?? Sorry, but this chick IS a whack-job, if you ask me. It is all about her and she would throw John McPain under the bus for her own gain, any ole' day. Perhaps she should sing a song about that! Let's be REALLY real, Sarah....

Anybody who uses labels to define themselves should be grateful if someone governs our nation exempt from using those labels because then the labels are not used on them! Get it?? Think about it. It'll come to you.......

Labels signify ignorance and fear for the ones using them. Intelligence and true freedom/communication follows in their absence. All labels do is slow us down as a nation and as a people. We can do better than that. And we will on 4 Nov......

Posted by: realteacher | October 31, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

What's your point with this piece, Kathleen? Is it to show us conservatives one more time how much contempt you now have for us? I am a female attorney who grew up in cosmopolitan/international Miami, FL but loves country music. Redneck Woman is a great song plain and simple. It's a lot of fun to sing along with and really captures the feelings of one part of our great American quilt. Remember how we're supposed to be tolerant, Kathleen? Get over yourself girl! You have been placing yourself way too high on the pedestal for the last few weeks. Loosen up. Take the pole out of your backside.

Posted by: KatieAtl | October 31, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Racism does exist! There is nothing we can do about it.

Even Children born post civil rights movements imbibe this racial prejudice from their Parents.

Be that as it may, I believe that what we have as racism is negligible.

An example is the performance of Obama both in the Primaries and in the Polls so far.

White Americans have come out in large numbers to get him to where he is now.
And they will also play big roles in giving him victory on Tuesday.

If I could reach a conclusion on this basis, I opine that racism is fast giving way to tolerance in the face of our differences.

Who would in all honesty think, in less than a year ago, that Obama would be the flagbearer of a major Political Party in the US?
Even his major black supporters had their doubts then.

Thank God the racial divides are being bridged.

We will one day, reach the stage where the skin of a man will not matter like the color of the eye.

And for the blacks, it is also incumbent upon them to rise above what has held them down in their communities, rise above the racial slur to contribute to the progress of America. How can you do that? Get education, leave the life of Crime and be socially responsible in your community.

As President J.F Kennedy said "Ask not what your Country can do for you, but for what you can do for your Country"

Its a wake up calls to all blacks.

Obama didn't whine, so many black Americans refused to whine and be held down, I didn't whine either because I am black and I will not whine now because of a Skinhead OR redneck.

We went out there and got what is most important, which is education and knowledge.

Posted by: daryem_2000 | October 31, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I am Turkish and I can objectively tell you how US looks from outside right now. No one in US media wants to admit it but people in US are very prejudice. US claims to have put back the racism in their country and focusing on other countries being undemocratic and racist. You have no right to push judgment any other country, while your people still harbor racist feelings. Fix your own mindset before judging others.

Posted by: kasinaiyan | October 31, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Hey Big Mouth Katleen Parker it just so
happens Iam a Redhead White Woman Myself
and I am fed up with you vile attacks on
Gov Sarah Palin and all us Redheads you

Posted by: Darlene5289 | November 1, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

So what's the difference between Redneck and trailer trash ? seems interchangeable.

as a white person I can't stand either. Both stand for ignorant whites.

is it just a matter of where and in what they live ?

Posted by: ripley8 | November 1, 2008 3:52 AM | Report abuse

Rednecks are universal. Redneck is an attitude. Someone once described redneck to me as:

"Don't know nothin'; Don't wanna know nothin'".

You can be rich and still be a redneck. It has nothing to do with wealth or even education. It's all about attitude.

Posted by: chris30338 | October 30, 2008 10:02 AM

Dang that education! Gets in the way of my fun. Boo on readin' and writin'!!!

Posted by: Albie1 | October 30, 2008 11:16 AM

Rednecks voting for a Republican are like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

Babies, guns, and Jesus, oh my!

ok I get it now !

as for the last line - could it also be baby Jesus with a gun ? lol

Posted by: ripley8 | November 1, 2008 3:54 AM | Report abuse

dear ignorant boozerpres -

Replace "Republican party" with "Democrat party", and infer black voters instead of "rednecks", and you've got an accurate statement.

What have Dems EVER done for blacks except keep them wanting for more? TAlk about ignorant and used....

Posted by: boosterprez | October 30, 2008 2:32 PM


try educating yourself before opening your trap - here's a bit of history.

When did republicans become democrats and democrats became republicans?

in 1964, Johnson signed the legislation, the southern Democrats became Republicans, the progressives in the north had already become Democrats during the Depression, and we have the harvest today of all these things. This great national/political party flip-flop is not well understood, but if it were, I think it could be the key to turning our nation around. The blue states used to be Republican, the red states used to be Democrat. Only the names have changed, however, and it was not to protect the innocent. Despite the name changes, the philosophies have stayed the same. Lincoln, the first Republican President, was a tax-and-spend liberal. The Democrats (now Republicans) of the day accused his Republicans (now Democrats) of being the party of "filthy operatives (factory workers), greasy mechanics, tight-fisted farmers, and moon-struck theorists" (McPherson, 'Battle Cry of Freedom'- and notice that coalition still pretty much describes the Democrat party except for the 'tight-fisted farmers'). And they were right. Lincoln taxed everyone and created the USDA. He taxed everyone and launched the Homestead Act . He taxed everyone and launched the Transcontinental Railroad and the Land Grant College system. With this enlightened tax and spend policy ("In a nation's early years, debt is a vital and creative collaborator in economic expansion; in late stages, it becomes what Mr. Hyde was to Dr. Jekyll: an increasingly dominant mood and facial distortion"- Phillips) Lincoln paved the way for the US economy to explode and for the nation to become a superpower, for better or for worse. And he is still hated in the South, now the heartland of the Republicans. How ironic. Were he alive today they would kill him again, no matter what he called his party.

the party names have changed , the people haven't under them.

Posted by: ripley8 | November 1, 2008 4:07 AM | Report abuse

what's funny is that she doesn't actually seem to know the words she's attempting to sing along with.
what's sadder than a closet elitist trying to pose as something as pathetic as a 'proud redneck'?
puzzled in sharpsburg

Posted by: ridetbred | November 1, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Yenz know that I once had a squeeze pretty near Worthless Jack's District.

Now me and this here girl spent a Saturday afternoon on her folk's backporch together drinkin beers, shootin 22 rifles at beer cans while chewin copenhegen snuff. Yea, yenz would not believe that this girl would take a dip of snuff now an agin.

I was in Redneck Heaven.

Posted by: truthhurts | November 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

sad....wearing camoflage as wedding dress and a shotgun for a wedding present...perhaps Palin can help them gut a moose.

Posted by: Jade4953 | November 2, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Ignorance is not a trait to be embraced. America depends on the literate to maintain its distinction on the world stage as an educated nation. Nobody respects nor looks up to the uneducated fool parading about proud of thier stupid status. The Republicans and Democrats alike should repudiate those among their ranks that find education and literacy to be a liability.

If to be able to read and appreciate Shakespeare is "elitist" then that'll just have to be what I accept. Not being about to read your electric bill or phone bill is just plain, well, dumb. Let's hope this is not the "typical" American.

I went to school in a "rural" town, and believe me, even the locals found value in education.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 3, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

How has it come to this ?? The degeneration of America in the information age. This is proof that we NEED more education now!!! For a journalism major to not understand something as fundamental to their trade as the 1st Amendment is unfathomable. To incite hate between Americans with "real Americans" and "pro America" rhetoric after hate attacked the US on 9/11 is just unconscionable. After seeing first hand what fostering hate in Rwanda, Congo, East Timor and Sudan has done, I don't want it in my country. We are all real Americans and let's work together for a better world and not fall for this lame attempt at winning by pitting us against each other.

Posted by: nick13 | November 3, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

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