Redneck Patriotism

Gun-toterThis image and accompanying text are from a multi-forwarded email that I received this morning.

This Guy Had The Guts To Put This On The Internet

There are people in my life whom I love in spite of our vast political and religious differences. (I feel a little like Diana Nyad dealing with Oprah — Oprah only sees what she wants to see.) So rather than respond to this rhetorical bile and risk offending someone whom I would rather leave in blissful ignorance, I’ll vent here.

[Editor’s note: I have not altered the unique grammatical structure or punctuation of this proud American’s defiant, unapologetic and God-fearing expression of patriotism, however I have omitted the variety of typefaces, American flags, eagles, photos of kittens appearing to pray, and so on.]

I Am the Liberal­ Progressives Worst Nightmare.
I am an American.
I am a Master Mason and believe in God.
I ride Harley Davidson Motorcycles and believe in American products.
I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some Liberal governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican!
I’m in touch with my feelings and I like it that way! I like it that way!
I think owning a gun doesn’t make you a killer, it makes you a smart American.
I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!
I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, do it in English.[1]
I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.
My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Willie G. Davidson that makes the awesome Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
I don’t hate the rich. I don’t pity the poor. 
I know wrestling is fake and I don’t waste my time watching or arguing about it.
I’ve never owned a slave, or was a slave, I haven’t burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks and neither have you!
I want to know exactly where the churches are that Reverend Jesse Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton preach, where they get
their money, and why they are always part of the problem and never the solution. Can I get an AMEN on that one?
I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you’re breaking the law, regardless of what color you are.
And, no, I don’t mind having my face shown on my drivers license.
I think it’s good…. And I’m proud that ‘God’ is written on my money.
I believe that it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents.
I believe ‘illegal’ is illegal no matter what the lawyers think.
I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA !
If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I’m a BAD American.

If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know.
We want our country back!We NEED GOD BACK IN OUR COUNTRY!
And if I send you a lot of political stuff it is because I love this Country and the Constitution and you. I don’t like the way my
Country is being run and neither should you. So I send it to give you the truth. If you don’t like it … sorry I’m sending it anyway.


Art Mason
MSgt Arthur R. Mason USAF (Ret.)
Deo adjuvante non timendum [2]

Is this apoplectic outpouring of patriotism from a real person or is it just a Conservative variation of the ancient Chain Letter? Is MSgt Arthur R Mason USAF a real person? The only indication that he might be a walking, breathing (if not thinking) human being is on a restricted (and I’m pretty sure I know why) Yahoo! Group: “Army Security Agency Vets – A club for the top ten percent.” Verifying his existence isn’t really important. What’s important is that MSgt Arthur R. Mason USAF (Ret.) had THE GUTS to maybe have posted this rant on the internet himself!

Regardless of the original writer of this offensive, ignorant tirade, it is being passed around like a note in a 7th grade classroom. There is much to correct, mock or easily disprove, but what’s the point? People either agree with it or they don’t. I don’t, but obviously there are many people like MSgt Arthur R. Mason USAF (Ret.) who are filled with rage at imaginary wrongs and feel compelled to spew their impotent and misguided opinions at anyone with an email address.


This is a screenshot of page that I can’t get to now without joining the group.

Old Woman

[1] Unless you’re in another country, you will be sold a Big Mac in English.

[2] God helping me not to fear


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