Technically I am a Southerner. My family’s been in Florida for just shy of
100 years and I was bred, born, raised and educated here. However, South Florida isn’t actually the South. It’s a separate parallel universe. Ya
gotta go north in Florida to be in the South, so probably I don’t really count
as a Southerner. But when people not born here call themselves a Floridian they get a frosty reply from me–“You are NOT a Floridian. You just live here”. As far as I’m concerned anyone born north of Orlando is a Yankee. You could say I’m just a post-modern dinosaur.
Well, it’s official. Georgia is no longer truly Southern. The unthinkable has
happened. District 6 voters picked an unqualified, uneducated carpetbagger
over a well educated native son, at the behest of a Yankee from New York! Ack!
There was a time, after the Civil War, when carpetbaggers were reviled in
the South. (At the time Southerners seemed surprised that killing hundreds
of thousands of Northerners, thereby plunging the country into years of devastating war and economic chaos in support of being able to own people, might actually have consequences.)
Not satisfied with having the beloved land–the South–burned to ashes, a
Southerner murdered the one person who might have helped reconstruct the
floundering region, Abraham Lincoln. The mindless aggression of the
South not only left it in ruins, the economic fallout kept it a backwater
reeling in poverty and distress for a hundred years.
After the war (mostly Republican) post-Civil War carpetbaggers flooded the South and proceeded to help themselves to the spoils of an ill-conceived mass conflict. Southerners detested the northern opportunists, since they had contributed nothing to making the pre-war South an economic powerhouse, and abused the hapless Southerners in oh so many ways. (Again, Southerners didn’t seem to make the connection that the distasteful newcomers were a direct result of their own foolish decision to go to war with their own country.)
In the South you will still occasionally hear people say that the Civil
War wasn’t about slavery, it was about states’ rights. Yeah. What they
mean is states’ rights to own people, effectively stealing the lives, families
and personhood of those millions of humans which they “owned” over a
period of hundreds of years.
Southerners’ distrust and dislike of Yankees persists in much of the South to this
day. Yet, somehow Donald Trump, the ultimate carpetbagger, from New
York no less, has become wildly popular in the South. He told the GA
District 6 voters who to choose and they fell in line and did his bidding
without a peep of protest.
So much for “hell no we ain’t fergettin,” a Southern slogan referring to the North having won the Civil War. That win used to stick in Southerners’ craws. Maybe they’ve gotten over it.
This leads me to believe that true Southerners have been out-bred and
outnumbered by Northern transplants and their offspring. Folks who prefer a carpetbagger to a native son are what might be termed faux Southerners.
Proof positive that Georgia is no longer Southern came on June 20,
2017 in the state’s congressional District 6 special election.
The district’s voters chose an uneducated carpetbagger, with no training or
experience in economics, finance, political science or other relevant
disciplines, Karen Handel, over native son Jon Ossoff.
As Secretary of State for Georgia–a post to which Georgia voters elected
her–Handel was involved in persistent ploys to suppress voter turnout, i.e.
keep Southerners from exercising their right to vote.
Ossoff, whose bachelor’s degree is from Georgetown and master’s degree is
from the London School of Economics, was born and raised in District 6.
(However, his mother is an Australian immigrant and his dad was raised in
Massachusetts, so, honestly, neither of the District 6 candidates has
generational ties to Georgia.)
Carpetbagger Karen Handel (born in stronghold-of-Satan, Washington, D.C. ) actually criticized Ossoff for having a good education! His degrees
could not possibly have come without both intelligence and great effort.
Neither of his post-secondary schools just hand out degrees for nothing.
So obviously his stellar educational achievements are a minus for him in nouveau Georgia.
The fact remains. Georgia voters chose to elect a carpetbagger on the word
of a Yankee. Georgia, or at least its District 6, is no longer Southern. Gasp!
Meanwhile, thanks District 6, for sending another ignorant, unqualified
representative to Congress. The country doesn’t have enough of those,
right? Now the rest of us will have to take the consequences of your
decision right along with y’all.
A carpetbagger elected in Georgia? Obviously the End Days are nigh. Mercy sakes alive, ah feel faint. Fetch me a mint julep, willya?