A friend of mine sent this on — it is a bit of *e-mail lore* — that is, heavily forwarded. It was also accompanied by some Normal Rockwell like landscapes and tableaus that struck me as superfluous to the text itself:
> This is very good! Not the type of redneck jokes we normally hear.
> We have enjoyed the redneck jokes for years. It’s time to
> take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that
> values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand
> before a dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I’d
> choose a half dozen or so rednecks to back me up.
> Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit — that’s what rednecks are
> made of. I hope I am one of those. If you feel the
> same, pass this on to your redneck friends.
> Y’all know who ya are.
> You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to
> be offended by the phrase, ‘One nation, under God..’
> You might be a redneck if: You’ve never protested about seeing
> the 10 Commandments posted in public places.
> You might be a redneck if: You still say ‘ Christmas’
> instead of ‘Winter Festival.’
> You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when
> someone prays.
> You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your
> hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem
> You might be a redneck if: You treat our armed forces
> veterans with great respect, and always have.
> You might be a redneck if: You’ve never burned an
> American flag, nor intend to.
> You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe
> and you aren’t afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.
> You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and
> raised your kids to do the same.
> You might be a redneck if: You’d give your last dollar to
> a friend.
> If you got this email from me, it is because I believe that
> you, like me, have just enough Red Neck in you to have the
> same beliefs as those talked about in this email.
> God Bless the USA !
> Keep the fire burning, redneck friend.
> IF YOU DON’T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS FEEL
> FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM.
> IN GOD WE TRUST!
What I find interesting is the merging of “patriot” with “redneck.” I have seen much the same kind of messages over the last nine years, but the subject was never rednecks.