Well… that one is a little tough. Of course, I’m a hillbilly. I mean, the title of this blog is Hillbilly Politics, after all.
I understand the term hillbilly is no longer politically correct. It’s an insult to many because the word brings up images of a people living in squalor, with junk cars around a mobile home in the middle of nowhere when like any other societal group (such as inner city slums) has its ups and downs. I remember the first time I took my Mississippean husband back home. He remarked on the fact that what would be considered a quarter million dollar home setting on a piece of property with a next door neighbor living in a run down mobile home was a common sight there, so you see, not all of us live out of trailers.
When you think about those mobile homes with the junk cars around them, you need to also remember these people are surviving in a place that most people have forgotten ever existed… if they ever knew about it in the first place which is something I’ve encountered many times in my travels about the States and other countries.
They do it largely without much interference from the government. When I was growing up I can remember only twice seeing the lawÂ in my town. Most people took care of themselves and each other asÂ they could. It is an art that we are slowly losing as many, including hillbillies, turn their personal responsibilities over to the government.
The truth is I’m proud to be a hillbilly. I may live in the city, enjoy a lot of creature comforts, technological advances, higher education, and many more things, but my roots are strong. If all these things disappeared tomorrow, I’d still survive because my family taught me how to think and do for myself. It’s the saddest thing in the world to me to read about people who can’t. If you want to cure the world’s ills teach them how to think and do and learn for themselves, not just give it and expect them to be grateful. Gratitude is aÂ capricious creature. Just when you expect it to come in a flood you get complaints that what was given wasn’t enough.
So, when you call me a hillbilly as an insult, don’t be surprised if I smile and say, “Thankee.”
Now there are hundreds of political pundits out there using a lot of big words to say something. My aim with this blog is not to pander to the elites, the pundits, or the so-called experts . Sometimes that means pointing out something that others didn’t say or said in a way that it doesn’t stand out. Sometimes it just means explaining things the way an average American would understand. I’m not an expert and sometimes experts are wrong: dead wrong.
Why do this? Because I’m just like you, an average American and what the experts think doesn’t always coincide with what the average American thinks. Besides, who trusts the media and their experts these days?
Some quotes to ponder:
“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” Benjamin Franklin
“That government is best which governs least.” Thomas Paine
“For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.” Jonathan Swift
“To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.”Â Â Wendell Phillips
“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.” Barry Goldwater
Â “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. ” Will Rogers
“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense. ” Frank Lloyd Wright