|Can't hide that Scots-Irish warrior blood, can you?|
“Duck Dynasty” and the hunting constituency that made the Robertsons rich — $400 million and counting — were in fact a people apart, if the network had wanted to find out who they were. They’re largely Scots-Irish, that oft-overlooked segment of the American ethnic mix who arrived early and challenged the progeny of the English aristocrats, the proper Bostonians and the Virginia cavaliers, to cast the prevailing American character.Pruden continues, quoting former Virginia Senator Jim Webb:
Jim Webb, the decorated Marine hero, novelist and former U.S. senator from Virginia, describes well his own ancestors and the prevailing culture in northern Louisiana and the South in his book “Born Fighting.”You can read the rest of Pruden's piece here.
“These are intensely religious people,” writes Mr. Webb. “Indeed they comprise the very heart of the Christian evangelical movement — and yet they are unapologetically and even devilishly hedonistic. They are probably the most anti-authoritarian culture in America, conditioned from birth to resist any pressure from above, and yet they are known as the most intensely patriotic segment of the country as well. They are naturally rebellious, often impossible to control, and yet their strong military tradition produces generation after generation of perhaps the finest soldiers the world has ever seen. They are filled with wanderlust and are ethnically assimilative, but their love of their own heritage can move them to tears when they hear the bagpipes play, and no matter how far they roam, their passion for family travels with them.”
Notice any similarities?
Interesting to consider the fact that Pruden's understanding of the South and the Scots -Irish might enlighten Yale Professor David Blight and explain his annoyance with certain aspects of that same demographic:
Why doesn’t the Confederacy just fade away? Is it because we are irresistibly fascinated by catastrophic loss? Or is it something else? Is it because the Confederacy is to this day the greatest conservative resistance toSounds rather frustrated, doesn't he? Poor academic historians. Poor Hollywood. Poor ruling class elites. They just can't figure things out that occur outside their ivory towers in the hinterlands between the airports. Sigh.
Maybe they should go duck huntin' some time.