You know you are in Red Neck Country when the bumper stickers on the pickup trucks say-God, Guns and Guts Made America Free.
Since I don’t own a vehicle anymore, but am doing my best to be an ecofriendly person and take public transit, I get to see how America really lives.
First let’s take this little quote apart a bit.
God- the leaders of the early American communities sure liked that part because it gave them a platform to control society. The god part was especially hard on women and children.
Women had very little control over their lives, and children none at all. Freedom did not enter into it if one was an indentured servant or poor sharecropper.
Guns- Well, the guns were used to control the slaves who built the country (including a certain white house)
Guns ultimately decided that the slaves were to be set free, but mainly guns were used by the powerful to control those without.
Guns still are the main cause of death in certain age and ethnic groups, and owning a gun does not make anyone free of guilt, shame, responsibility or civility.
Guts- How much guts does it take to sit on a really big derriere and play video games?
The slogan implies that we as a society imbue all the qualities of a Roman soldier, able to march 20 miles a day on a handful of parched corn, and then set up a fortified camp.
In reality the armed services now have to reject men on account of too much “guts”.
We have gotten rid of the god part in our drive to secularism and falling church attendance, the guns have become a major political fist fight, and guts are almost overwhelming.
The average weight of Americans has increased and the attending diseases multiplied, so that the “guts” part of the slogan is doing us more harm than anything else.
It takes more guts to refuse the sugar laden drinks and pastries than to consume them, so we do lack the guts to control ourselves.
A more apt bumper sticker would say Resist.