It's Time for the South to Secede Again!

Now, I’ve always had my suspicions about southerners, but who hasn’t?

The first strike against these fascinating folks is they think that watching a bunch funny looking cars go around in endless circles is actually entertainment, or worse yet, a sport!

Then there’s their strange and exotic “cuisine.” Tea should never be sweet, I don’t want to have to say the word “grits” much less eat them, some things were never meant to be deep fried, and biscuits and gravy isn’t a meal, it’s a death sentence.

They don’t even speak the common tongue! Cattywampus, purdy, tarnation, and varmint? I refuse to wear “britches” and will someone please tell me what the hell “y’all” means and why it has ten syllables?

Why, southerners will even go as far as electing politicians with peculiar and unnatural names like Newt Gingrich, Jeb Bush, Trent Lott, and Saxby Chambliss. Saxby Chambliss? That sounds something you should go to the doctor to get lanced.

But despite their vast and numerous shortcomings, in the spirit of brotherhood, love of country, and all that crap, I’ve generally been willing to make an exception and let these peccadilloes go. But no more my Jeff Foxworthy enamored friends. After those recent meteorological events, it’s time to draw a Mason-Dixon line in the sand.

(For my southern readers, “meteorological” means weather related.)

Because all it took was a mere two inches of snow to bring the entire metropolis of Atlanta to an utter and screeching halt.

Apparently, the second the southern flurries started, the entire state of Georgia, having contracted a collective case of the vapors (a strange southern disease), all dashed for their rusty red pickup trucks with the rubber testicles dangling off the back bumper at exactly the same time.

And as you might expect, that many southerners on the slightly slippery roads created the kind of havoc that can only be approximated to the biblical endtimes or a really bad B movie.

There were twelve hour commutes, a slew of abandoned vehicles, vehicles in the ditch, children stranded overnight in schools, and all sorts of the sky is falling general chaos.

When it snows two inches in northern Illinois, we grab our crotch, flip Mother Nature off, and ask if that’s all she’s got. Two inches of snow isn’t even enough to engage in that grand Midwestern tradition of writing your name in it without a stick. Chicagoans show their contempt for two inches of snow by taking off their shoes and walking around in it barefoot.

But just two inches of the fluffy stuff managed to bring Atlanta to it’s knees faster than General Sherman could’ve hoped for on his best day.

Now we know why the South didn’t win the Civil War, though I wish they had because it would’ve spared the northern half of the country from this kind of unimaginable ignominy. My God! If Lincoln had procured just one snow machine that war would’ve been over in a week!

(For my southern readers, ignominy means humiliation.)

So we don’t wanna hear another word about southern pride; we don’t want to see another Ford Pinto with a Confederate flag flying through an open window; and we certainly don’t want to have to watch another episode of Honey Boo Boo. The sad truth is, y’all are a nothing more than a bunch of wusses, weenies and wimps.

But we don’t want you to feel too bad my weather challenged Dixie dwellers. After all, we northerners are nothing if not polite. So please rest assured that we’re not laughing with you, we’re most certainly laughing at you.

And should you feel the need to secede again, this time, you have our full support.

Jeff Ward is former opinion columnist for the Sun-Times Media Network, runs thefirstward.net, and hosts a weekly political radio talk show. His long-suffering wife wants to remind you not to take him seriously because she certainly doesn't.

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Jeff Ward February 10, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Chris, There might something to what you say. Perhaps I should seriously consider whether I should blog for any blog site that would have me as a blogger. One must have standards!
J. W. MacMahon February 10, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Gosh, Jeff, Your "attempt" at "constructive critisism" leaves much to be desired and not surprisingly continues in your reply, even to the extent of adding our govenor. It was not practical to deploy road equipment as snow flurries began and it is impossible to predict the scope of flurries, especially here in Atlanta and the appearance of ice is most certainly the damning factor, which developed quickly as the weather worsened. We "southerners" as you put it do NOT need or WANT your attempts at "making us better", which only continues your condesending attitude. I suggest you shut the F--K up and mind your own business and turn your blurred vision somewhere else. I doubt if you will find ANY one who might wish to hear your "constructive criticism' and the demeanor it is offered. And one more point...climate change relates to the WARMING of the planet which will obviosly result in LESS snow, even in the place YOU live....Dumb ass...RxJiMac/Atlanta
Jeff Ward February 10, 2014 at 05:31 PM
J. W. Dumb ass? Have you been talking to my wife? And it's not global warming, it's climate change which means there will be more meteorological extremes (again, meteorological means weather related) which includes more snow in places like Atlanta and Seattle. Next, this is a link to a CNN transcript of Governor Deal admitting the equipment was misdeployed http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1401/30/sitroom.01.html. And lastly, my brother reads my columns so there is someone who actually does want to hear what I have to say. Perhaps eating all those grits have made you ornery!
Jerry Johnson February 22, 2014 at 09:41 AM
I'm a Midwesterner living in Atlanta and definitely loved the article. Most Southerners do not have an appreciation for this type of humor. Instead of mocking one another directly, they just talk behind your back and put on a smile when they see you. As others have mentioned, there were obviously good deeds done by a lot of people and that is not to be overlooked but I think that is true of human nature. You can't beat the weather down here and if you relocated Chicago to here, you would have the best city on earth!
Jeff Ward February 23, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Jerry, Thank you for the compliment and most of all, for finding the humor in that piece. In fact, your positive comment was all the encouragement I needed to post yet another column on the various Atlanta Patches. The point being, if anyone doesn't like that column, they should direct their displeasure to you!


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