Sunday, October 12, 2014

Why Not Other Regional Flags?

Last year Mike had a post reporting on the results of a survey conducted on over 1000 people regarding their views of other states other than their own: which one was perceived as the hottest, the smartest, dumbest, drunkest, most boring, and which one would they most wish to see kicked out of the Union.

It's very clear that people form definite opinions of people living in other places.  Xenophobia is as American as apple pie!  And, to a certain degree, we egg each other on in these views. 

On the other hand, there are states that draw relatively little notice.  I'm afraid that some of us don't have an idea about South Dakota or New Hampshire.  For all I know, they might eat cats as staples there, and speak some foreign language.  But probably not.  Someone would have published a New Hampshire cookbook by now, I suppose.

The obvious example of a sectional flag is the Rebel flag.  While very few Southerners nowadays have it in their heads to secede from the Union, some display it as a token of their heritage, like barbecue, white lightning, grits, and bluegrass music.  Not to mention the Fall obsession with football!  For some, it's to identify possibly with other Southerners.  It's a regional thing.  Southerners are attached to the region.  Some would say overly much.  As a result, some don't transplant very well.  When dining in the West Coast you can actually undergo grits withdrawal!

Here's an idea: maybe some of the other regions could come up with regional-specific banners to indicate their regional pride: in the Mountain West, in Appalachia, in New England, in the Upper Peninsula*, in the Northwest . . . .   And display these on the beach while drinking too much beer, hanging out at rock concerts, and on automobile bumpers.  I can imagine the slogan: "Get your Heart in New England or get your Ass out!"  As a matter of fact, I'm gonna copyright that expression. (c)

I think this is a good idea.  After all, those Washington State and Oregon people need a banner to wave to taunt those ubiquitous Californians, those in nearby states need to have theirs to irritate those Greenies (Colorado residents), and those Yoopers need to have theirs to make the people from the Mitt, not to mention those Ohioans, feel like outsiders.

And Arkansasans need more than their timid state flag and their proclivity to wear hats shaped like hogs to proclaim their individuality!  Come on, guys: make up a banner that proclaims, "I am from Arkansas and I'm proud of it!"  Who knows, even Hillary Clinton may display it!

*Of Michigan.  The Yoopers need their own flag to counter the rash of Yooper Jokes.


TexWisGirl said...

my oldest sis has been a yooper for about 25 yrs. :)

Leroy said...

That slogan about New England is worth the sting of living there!

Mike said...

I thought 'Who is this Mike guy she's talking about?' IT'S ME!

Grand Crapaud said...

A good idea, you betcha!

Cloudia said...

The Hawaiians got their independence flag just waiting!

ALOHA from Honolulu
=^..^= . <3

Anonymous said...

very interesting -

I've never heard of 'yooper' before - love these little insights!!!

Bilbo said...

I first heard the expression "Yoopers" as the name of a musical group that sang the Christmas song "Rusty Chevrolet" (to the tune of "Jingle Bells"). It's really funny ... see it here on YouTube:

MarkD60 said...

I think Wisconsin should go to war with Mcihigan and take the Upper Penninsula. And Maine should go to war with Canada and take all the land south of the St Laurent seaway

MarkD60 said...

I think Wisconsin should go to war with Michigan and take the Upper Penninsula. And Maine should go to war with Canada and take all the land south of the St Laurent seaway

Sinner Bob said...

There's no excuse for South Carolina!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

TexWisGirl, hope she liked it!

Thanks, Leroy

Mike, you da man!

Grand, thanks!

Bilbo, great song find!

Sinner Bob, how about the shag?

MarkD60, expansionist Wisconsinites is all we need.

Cloudia, it's an attractive flag!