Wednesday, December 17, 2014
You Might Be An OPWAL If...
Back in the 1990s, mediocre Georgia-born stand up comedian Jeff Foxworthy became a big star thanks to his inane "You Might Be a Redneck If..." routines. Though the routines themselves seemed fairly harmless at the time (Foxworthy was adverse to using profanity on stage), in retrospect it seems that plenty of Americans--and not JUST from the south--were taking perverse pride at being exactly the kind of people he was allegedly poking fun at.
I hadn't thought about Foxworthy for a long time, until the recent news reports about the idiot Greenpeace protestors who damaged a national historical monument in Peru while filming an anti-global warming video to coincide with the recent carbon emissions conference being held in Lima. Somehow, none of the twelve morons who reportedly participated in the protest nor anyone else in Greenpeace who was aware of this pending protest before it happened recognized how culturally tone deaf and idiotic it was for a pack of liberal gringos to go traipsing around on some sensitive 1,500-year-old Native American geolyphs. Not only did this stupid stunt open Greenpeace up to charges of insensitivity to native cultures, it also basically handed its conservative opposition plenty of (ahem) ammunition with which to totally discredit the very message it was trying to get across.
But, sometimes such things happen when you're an OPWAL (Over-Privileged, White, American Liberal). And no, we don't know if ALL the Greenpeace protestors were in fact white, but they all easily demonstrated what I would call an OPWAL mindset.
Exactly what is an OPWAL mindset? And how do you know for sure whether or not you in fact are one? Well, in the spirit of Jeff Foxworthy I've developed a series of tests so that you, too, may determine whether or not you are actually an OPWAL. Let's begin, shall we?
If you believe driving a hybrid or even an electric car is good for the environment...you might be an OPWAL.
If you believe having a black followed by a female president is more important that what those presidents actually do while in office...you might be an OPWAL.
If you believe Obama deserved his Nobel Peace Prize...you might be an OPWAL.
If you agree with Obama that the country should "look forward and not dwell on the past" when it comes to the Iraq War, torture and the Wall Street crimes that led to the economic crash of 2008...you might be an OPWAL.
If you blame the Republican minority in congress circa 2009-2011 for blocking the many great things Obama promised to do while in office...you might be an OPWAL.
If you're a registered Democrat but cannot name a single famous labor leader other than Jimmy Hoffa...you might be an OPWAL.
If you believe Bill Clinton was a good president because he presided over a strong economy...you might be an OPWAL.
If you still blame Ralph Nader for costing Al Gore the presidency in 2000...you might be an OPWAL.
If you believed that the 2010 Rally to Restore Sanity wasn't a complete waste of fucking time and energy...you might be an OPWAL.
If you hate congress as most Americans do, but voted to reelect your Democratic congressperson anyway...you might be an OPWAL.
If you have a "support the troops" sticker on your vehicle but don't personally know anyone in the service...you might be an OPWAL.
If you have a Stop Global Warming bumper sticker on your Minivan or SUV...you might be an OPWAL.
If you call yourself an environmentalist but live in the exurbs because your precious snowflakes "need" to have a yard to play in...you might be an OPWAL.
If you saw no reason for antiwar protests to continue once Obama was elected...you might be an OPWAL.
If you think Obamacare has solved America's health care crisis...you might be an OPWAL.
If you ever read a book based upon a recommendation by Oprah Winfrey...you might be an OPWAL.
If you think MSNBC is a true liberal alternative to Fox News...you might be an OPWAL.
If you think NPR and PBS are unbiased news sources...you might be an OPWAL.
If you still have a subscription to the New York Times or Washington Post...you might be an OPWAL.
If you consider yourself progressive on racial issues but the only minorities you interact with on a regular basis are your maid and your coffee barista...you might be an OPWAL.
If you actually think it really matters that the Democrats just lost control of the Senate...you might be an OPWAL.
Anyway, that's enough for now. I'm sure you all could probably come up with plenty of your own. After all, OPWALs are easy targets--almost too easy.
Bonus: "Honey let me introduce you to my redneck friend"