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Saturday, July 7, 2007

Blowback and The Politics of Exclusion

A famed Southern author by the name of Samuel Clemens once wrote, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." This world-renowned son of the South, popularly known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was full of such wisdom. In one of his most famous novels the protagonist, a character meant to embody the very spirit of America, stated, "My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. "

Sadly, it seems that this notion of patriotism tempered by a health skepticism toward government is all but forgotten in the New South, if recent events in South Carolina are any indication. Yes, we're speaking of proud South Carolina, the erstwhile hotbed of Independence that once possessed such a deeply ingrained distrust of the federal government that they fired the opening salvo in a war of rebellion against it. In recent times we have seen how much that has changed, and nothing makes that clearer than the news last week that the chairman of the Spartanburg County GOP Committee announced his intention to exclude a wildly popular Republican presidential candidate from all party functions in the county.

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