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Mr. Trump – Your Mama Didn’t Raise You Right

By Susan Kuebler

While many people are speculating that Donald Trump’s various personality flaws devolved from either a lack of love from his father or his suffering from some type of personality disorder (e.g. Narcissistic Personality Disorder) for people who were brought up in the South, there is an obvious reason for his lack of common courtesy and name-calling.


People raised in the South are taught, almost before they can even walk, to ALWAYS say “Yes, ma’am” or “Yes, sir” when addressing an adult.  One of the ways you know you’ve become an adult down South is when some teenage whippersnapper calls you “Ma’am.”

In the South, you stand when an adult enters the room and offer them your chair.  The same rules apply to being on buses or airplanes.  You would never, ever, push someone out of the way to get to the front of a crowd, as our POTUS did to the representative from Montenegro at the recent NATO meeting.

Imagine the dilemma facing an 18-year-old GRITS (Girl Raised In The South) at her very first office job when she is introduced to the other women in the office, most of them much older that she is, by their first name only!  Your only option is to spend the ENTIRE summer not addressing them by name.  Trust me, it’s not easy.

Southerners are known for using nicknames, but they are nearly always affectionate or funny.  “Bubba” for example is generally a shortened nickname for “brother.”  When you pull for your favorite college team it’s the “Dawgs”, not the “Dogs.”  Jeff Foxworthy can get away with saying “You Might Be A Redneck If” because he is a redneck.

But if you started using nicknames such as “”Low IQ Crazy Joe” or “Psycho Joe” not only would your mama take a switch to you, but you would hear about it from everyone in your Sunday school class as well.  The pastor might even preach a sermon on it after making you sit in the front row.

Southern daddies teach their children, boys and girls alike, important lessons as well.  Such as the importance of telling the truth, the value of a day’s worth of honest work, that you never hit girls, and how to shoot a .22 rifle.  But you learn your manners from your mama.  Don’t put your elbows on the table.  Don’t eat with your mouth full.  Show respect to other people, and never, ever call anybody names.

This is not to say that people from the South have a monopoly on politeness.  There are rude, uncouth Southerners all over the place.  And, of course there are polite, well-bred, well-raised people across the country.  Sadly, our president is not one of them.

It may be unfair to blame his mother, but whoever brought him up did a terrible job of it.




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