“Cue The Rant!”:: Mississippi; Making Even Religion Look Bad

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Before I get started I just wanted to say thank you for all the support of this new blog. I’ve really assembled some of the most talented writers I’ve ever had the chance to meet and I’m really proud of their work and work ethic. They really make this site look great. We’re looking forward to entertaining, inspiring and educating you guys. And we look forward to remaining a foot in the ass of the man for years to come.

Now with that out of the way I just have to ask this question. Did you miss me? I’d like to officially welcome you to CueTheRant.com! Feel free to look around and make yourselves at home. Come back as often as you like. And, oh, don’t forget to grab a free shirt! I have tons of brand new shirts I need to get rid of so head over to our contests page and enter so I can drop you one in the mail today! Just my way of saying thanks! Now without any further ado folks lets

Cue The Rant!

Ah Mississippi. Home sweet home. I have an embattled relationship with our fair state when it comes to legacy, reputation and potential. And when you think about our state in those terms, just about everyone who is from this state and has sense is plagued with these feelings. Mississippi, for all its beauty, natural resources, and homegrown talent is always last on things that matter. And it’s troubling to keep seeing the trend continue over and over again.

            We’re last in the effort to properly educate our students, last in eating healthy and life expectancy and, right on cue, we are the absolute last on all the important social issues of our time. We’re never on the forefront of change and anything cutting edge. People are clinging to the comfortable crutches of tradition. While some things change, there are still somethings that remain the same. And Mississippi’s reluctance to give up its stranglehold on its fabled history and tradition is simply terrible. From the Civil War reenactments to continuing to defend the flag and even going out of its way to reinstitute voter ID laws, its almost like Mississippi continues to find ways to take gigantic steps backwards in the name of ‘tradition’ and the good ol’ days. And then we have the nerve to get an attitude when people have preconceived notions about our state and the people here from the things they hear about us.

That’s part of the reason I came up with CueTheRant.com. I wanted to show people here and around the world that everyone who is from and who lives in Mississippi doesn’t subscribe to being stupid as our creed. And we are coming to make our voices heard. We’re not going to let you to continue to hijack our state any longer. I’m tired of hearing the outmoded facts, such as Mississippi has the highest concentration of blacks of any state in the union but still has laws and ordinances that are detrimental to the black community and don’t speak to our interests or what’s important to us.

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For once, we actually came first in something that seems good for the first time ever. According to Gallup we are still the most religious state in the union. Number one.

Hmph.

Well why does it feel like that having this accolade not all its cracked up to be? Why does it feel like we almost give religion a bad name? It’s like ‘look at Mississippi, they’re the most faithfully religious state!’ But hey aren’t they the dumbest and poorest state too? What does that say about our faith and religion? Only Mississippi could make something as compelling and persuasive as religion look ridiculous. And it feeds into the narrative that has been written about us. We are a simple, stupid state who is so consumed with keeping our customs and going back to our ‘glory days’ that we will continue to shoot ourselves in the foot in the name of ‘tradition’.

Well here at CueTheRant.com we’re all about progress. And we’re going to bring some of that back to Mississippi.

That’s it for this week. It’s Friday so don’t forget to cue the Sir Charles.

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