Friday, October 12, 2007

Okie from Muskogee – Purity / Authority / Loyalty

Liberals and conservatives have different morals, especially w.r.t Purity, Authority and Loyalty. Which shows me why Merle Haggard was a prophet.

Haggard wrote the song Oakie from Muskogee. You may not like it. It's an anti-liberal anthem. Every value it hold up is strong on the Purity, Authority or Loyalty scale. He says that the values in Muskogee are very different than those of San Francisco. Who can argue with him?

We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don't take our trips on LSD
We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin' right, and bein' free.
Drugs as purity; draft cards as respect for authority.
I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin's still the biggest
thrill of all
Patriotism as loyalty, pure drugs instead of impure ones.

We don't make a party out of lovin';
We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo;
We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy,
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.
Sexual purity, cleanliness
Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear;
Beads and Roman sandals won't be seen.
Football's still the roughest thing on campus,
And the kids here still respect the college dean.
Gender roles, respect for authority

From what I read, Haggard wrote the song as a portrait of people he'd known back in Oklahoma, not as a personal creed. But I've read quite a few essays recently on the differences between conservatives and liberals. This one does as well as any of them at capturing the different attitudes and values that form the great red/blue divide in this country.

Oh, and FWIW, Haggard just endorsed Hillary.


julian said...

Hi Red Sphynx... you stopped by my place a little while back and I've been meaning to write and say thanks and hello. so, hello.
Anyway, I was intrigued by your statement in your profile that states, "I'm conservative by UU standards, liberal in comparison to the rest of Texas."

I've just recently come to understand that about myself. I've always thought of myself as VERY liberal and open minded but only within the past six months or so discovered that to be relative. I'm liberal in comparison to my fellow Texans but compared to most UUs, I'm quite right of center.

I've always liked Merle. "Mama tried! Mama tried!"

Peace and blessings to you from a fellow UU Texan.

UU Deist in Texas

Red Sphynx said...

Thanks for stopping by, Julian.