Just by listening to the radio, I knew that I had detected a new spirit of militancy and religion echoing in the Heartland.
It is starting to bleed over into talk radio, country music, and the Protestant ministers on the radio. The changing Zeitgeist which shows up in the opinion polls and reflects the collapse of confidence in Washington is now surfacing in “mainstream culture” now.
Listen to this song:
In this new song, the Georgia country music artist Brantley Gilbert describes his experience of a meeting a lost fellow from Ohio who has crossed the Mason-Dixon line.
The Ohioan is recognized as a Southern man from his “wranglers to his boots.” Although he comes from the Midwest, Gilbert intuitively senses that he shares the Southern spirit.
He realizes that its not about “where you come from,” but how you carry yourself, about how your soul expresses itself in this world. Thus, it is possible for the Southern spirit of Dixie to thrive beyond the Mason-Dixon line in states like Ohio.
This song is a nationalist song about a spiritual conquest of White America. It is an echo of the burning desire of the Heartland to conquer Washington.
Note: It is unclear whether Nashville is leading the charge or whether (much more likely) it is just being swept along by the cultural tide in the Heartland.
White America is evolving under Obama. I’m certain that it is happening because I am seeing it cropping up in culture, religion, and politics.