Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
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A raucous, truth-telling look at the white working poor-and why they hate liberalism.
Deer Hunting with Jesus is web columnist Joe Bageant’s report on what he learned when he moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, which-like countless American small towns-is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass. By turns brutal, tender, incendiary, and seriously funny, this book is a call to arms for fellow progressives with little real understanding of "the great beery, NASCAR-loving, church-going, gun-owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks."
fullest potential was considered a national goal, even by Republicans. Ike wanted national health insurance and so did Nixon. Now both are labeled as unworkable ideas. (Maybe even downright com’nist, Pootie.) It was to liberal Americans and their party that these humanist ideals were entrusted. To Democrats. To millions who considered themselves progressives with ideals. Nobody kidded themselves that Republicans—the party of business—would look out for the education of the working class, or for
million dollars is a lot to a town like Winchester and not much to Rubbermaid. It was rather like the schoolyard bully giving you a “Dutch rub” on the scalp with his knuckles after already making you hand over your milk money. He does it because he can. At any rate, everyone cheered when the governor indicated that the roadside skirt-hitching was the hallmark of a “business-friendly climate” in Virginia. A Rubbermaid flack remarked on “Winchesterians’ dependability and unquestionable work ethic,”
sports, movies, where to get good ribs and seafood, and why GM can’t seem to build a good engine. Not exactly amazing, given that our national reality is television. Nothing else holds us together politically except fear, and even that is generated through our TV sets. So when television’s one voice tells the many to support the troops, we say to ourselves, “That sounds like the right thing to do,” and we write mental notes to ourselves saying, “Support our troops.” Then we have a beer. As I’ve
self-punishment, you can take it upon yourself to learn the differences between Dominionism, Pretribulationism, Midtribulationism, Posttribulationism, Premillennialism, and Millennialism. You can spend ten years discussing them with ordinary fundamentalists of every stripe, and you still won’t understand what has been going on with all those cults. How did things arrive at this pass? Fred Clarkson, a New England Yankee with a streak of liberty a mile wide, has been thinking and writing about
and the Deep South) set their seed to the winds. Their offspring spread westward, melding West and South together in a place called Texas. The violent frontier life suited them just fine, thank you. And thus we find them today, still armed and suspicious of government but also enraged about September 11—the best excuse to use firepower since the Alamo. Hell, since the Battle of Killiecrankie! Only a year before September 11 they had come streaming out of every corner of the red states to crown