PROGRESSIVE REDNECKISM 

PROGRESSIVE REDNECKISM

We recently received a postcard promoting an Internet business called "Buddy's Old-Fashioned Web Site." The postcard declared, "America's favorite redneck offers his thoughts on the current crisis." On his Web page, Buddy offers up nuggets of Will Rogers-style wisdom like "I can't help wonderin' if the Congress and the administration woulda got so worked up about all this, and decided to go to war, and put up 40 billion dollars for this thing, if these terrorists had blown up, let's say, a bunch of buses, somethin' the Congressmen probably never ride in like they do airplanes. It's just natural to relate to what you can relate to -- like dead Americans rather than dead Serbians, Libyans, Iraqis, Palestinians -- you get the idea." Ranking redneck officials, not known for their tolerance of foreigners, have cautioned that if Buddy keeps talkin' like that, he's likely to lose his tobacco-spittin' privileges.

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