OK, so maybe we in North Carolina have our own problems — textile industry meltdown, political corruption and an unavoidable obsession with college basketball. But, in my meaner (but lighthearted) moments, I can always reflect on a stressful day with the mantra “At least I don’t live in South Carolina.” OK, I’m only half kidding (I truly don’t like the climate in S.C. but other than that don’t hold much against the Palmetto State). But a blogger at Rant and Reason did a great job of beating up his or her home state so I wouldn’t have to lift a cyber-finger. Among the blogger’s complaints:
- Once again, my state is in the national spot light because of our governor’s Argentinian escapade. Sanford, in all his hypocrisy, has added yet another stain on the edifice of our already tainted reputation as a state. It makes me wonder just how much worse it could possibly get for South Carolina when a supposed family man with “good Christian values,” a powerful spot as chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, and a shot at the 2012 Republican nomination can stoop so low.
- Only in South Carolina can a state legislative body unanimously pass a measure creating a state-sponsored “I Believe” license plate with a superimposed cross on it to the exclusion of other options and faiths
- In the movie Borat, featuring Sacha Baron Cohen, the racist and misogynistic students in the RV came straight from a frat house at the University of South Carolina (the school I currently attend).
Take heart, my neighbor to the south, you still have Stephen Colbert, a funny collegiate mascot name (Gamecocks) and Charleston (I won’t mention Hootie and the Blowfish but they did record a few songs I liked — there, I said it and I’m not taking it back).