Archive for ‘Damn Yankees’

December 19, 2008

Boreal supremacy

A phrase I coined several years ago, to describe that prejudice which assumes the superiority of all things Northern, applies perfectly to Michael Lind’s proposal for the compulsory unionization of the South.

At AOSHQ, Dave in Texas pauses — between moonshine-inspired reveries about his sister — to ponder the ways of Yankee enlightenment. Jonah Goldberg remarks that Lind’s “insinuation that the South isn’t sufficiently ‘American’ is revealing.” Indeed, this puts me in mind of an appropriate anecdote:

In his elegant memoir, Destruction and Reconstruction, General Richard Taylor recalled the occasion in 1865 when the duty fell to him to surrender the last Confederate army east of the Mississippi River. At Union headquarters, a German, wearing the uniform of a Yankee general and speaking in heavily accented English, lectured General Taylor that now that the war was over, Southerners would be taught “the true American principles.” To which General Taylor — the son of Zachary Taylor — replied that he regretted that his grandfather, an officer in the Revolution, and his father, President of the United States, had not passed on to him these “true American principles.”

UPDATE: Unionized prostitution? (Via CG.)