Daily Beast: Post-Democrat South Lacks ‘Tolerance, Compassion, Civic Decency’

By AWR Hawkins

Daily Beast Hating On Conservative Southerners
Daily Beast Hating On Conservative Southerners kicking Democrats to the curb.
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Washington DC – -(Ammoland.com)-  Following Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) resounding loss to Senator-elect Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on December 6 2014, the Daily Beast threw in the towel on the South, which it describes as a post-Democrat region lacking “tolerance, compassion, [and] civil decency.”

In short, the outlet asserts the South has no redeeming quality, and Democrats are better off without it.

According to the Daily Beast, things like “tolerance, compassion, [and] civic decency” were once present in the South, but have succumbed to “euthanasia” imposed by those who rejected Democrats at the ballot box. Now the South is just a “welfare moocher” full of “resentment” and backwardness--except for the northern portion of Virginia and a small section of Florida. 

Yet reality stands in stark contrast to these descriptions of the South and of southern people.

For instance, contrast the outlet’s caustic statements on the South’s alleged lack of compassion with the real-life, charitable habits of southerners. According to a 2012 report in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, seven of the top ten most-charitable states in the union are in the South: Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, and North Carolina. 

And when you look at the bottom of the list, seven of the ten least-charitable states are in the North: New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.

And what about “civil decency”? If service in the military is any indicator of civic decency, the South is far ahead of the North here, as well.

The Heritage Foundation has previously shown that Northeast and North Central states are “underrepresented” in “military enlisted recruits-to-population ratios,” while states in the South and Southwest are “overrepresented.” In other words, the South’s “military enlisted recruits-to-population ratios” are out of whack not for a lack of “civic decency,” but because southerners sign up to fight for their country in larger numbers than their population numbers justify on paper.

As for “tolerance,” was it not the Republican Party that defeated the intolerant, slave-owning Democrat Party in the Civil War? Did not the Republican Party rein in the intolerant, Democrat-founded KKK following that war and then fight, via Reconstruction, for educating newly freed slaves and free blacks who were moving to the South?

Contrary to what the Daily Beast claims, southern Democrat practices and policies have long been a hotbed for intolerance. This was explicit in slavery and related practices, and it was no less real–albeit implicit–in LBJ’s War on Poverty.

So the South has not let go of “tolerance, compassion, [and] civic decency” in voting Democrats out of office. Rather, it has secured and moved to protect these qualities by driving the remaining Democrats from their strongholds.

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AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

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jd
jd
6 years ago

I am truly blessed to be a “Southern Boy” born and raised in the Bible Belt where we “cling to our guns and our religion”. I would not change one thing about the values we share here in the South and we don’t need “hope and change” of the kind that our neighbors in the Red States are experiencing.(no offense and may God bless you all.)

DrSique
DrSique
6 years ago

Yup. Chastising southerners for being fed up with their current representation should win them back. Maybe the Beast reporter seriously wants the Dems to walk away from the south. Sorta makes me want to move there. We should also mention that it was conservatives who fought against the Jim Crow Laws, like banning gun ownership for blacks. It seems that the Dixiecrats wanted the KKK to be able to ride through the countryside and terrorize without fear of anyone having the capacity to fight back. The far left has a complete disconnect with basic the basic American desire for justice.

Maluka
Maluka
6 years ago

Work has required me to travel this entire country (all 50 states, not 57 as our communist muslim president thinks is the correct amount) and I have lived in over 2 dozen states including the south. I find the south is no different than any other area with two exceptions. 1) southerners believe in God, family and country. 2) Many of the vocal idiots in some of the 13 original states believe only their states are worth saving and their occupants are the most intelligent people in the country. These beliefs are myths created by idiots. Most Americans are hard… Read more »

RDNK
RDNK
6 years ago

The South has rejected the liberal/progressive/socialist agenda ! Period !