The Octogenarians

“Many of the regime’s policies also violated political,social,and cultural imperatives and taboos that over the decades had become central to southern white identity.Those entrenched beliefs included THE NECESSITY OF KEEPING GOVERNMENT SMALL AND WEAK,EXALTING LOCAL AND STATE SOVEREIGNTY OVER THAT OF A NATIONAL GOVERNMENT,AND KEEPING BLACK PEOPLE FIRMLY SUBORDINATED AND STRICTLY EXCLUDED FROM MANY SPHERES OF LIFE.”This quote is from Bruce Levine’s The Fall of the House of Dixie(thanks again LR).If one were to add poor people,visible minorities including most women(numerically not a minority)working class people,those in failing health(physical and mental) ,illegal immigrants and recent immigrants,you have the 99 percent as well as the non avowed mantra of a current Republican old guard.You have the unclaimed mantra of many red dog democrats.Levine points out that the resistance to centralized authority,not federal but confederate,helped defeat the south.The preservation of money and privilege for an elite damaged the South more severely than…

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