Hello, my name is Jim Langcuster, and I am the creator and editor of “Ruby Red Republic.”
I’ll admit it: I conceived this site largely out of anger. I’m tired of my part of America being maligned as out of touch and retrogressive – a haven of “deplorables” and “irredeemables” as Hillary Clinton and others among the ruling class have chosen to describe us.
This anger inspired me to fight back with my modest rhetorical resources. This site is intended to serve as both an analysis of red state America and as a kind of cri de coeur on its behalf.
A little bit about me and my background: I’m a retired Cooperative Extension news and public affairs specialist who worked for 29 years on the campus of one of America’s 1862 land-grant universities. I hold bachelor’s degrees in political science, sociology and communication from the University of North Alabama and a master’s degree in communication from the University of Alabama.
Ironically, my politics tends to run in a somewhat different direction than my fellow red staters. I refer to myself as a “red tory” (or Disraeli conservative), a rather esoteric term that does not fit neatly into the American political matrix. In this respect, I am more purple than red.
Even so, I chose the name “Ruby Red Republic” to express my deep solidarity with my fellow Americans who occupy that broad swath of the country contemptuously dismissed by elites with terms such as red states and “Flyover Country.”
And incidentally, the illustration above depicts Red State deplorables attending Andrew Jackson’s post-inaugural White House reception.
A strain of deep-dyed, Jacksonian populist, ruby-red deplorable runs through my veins. My family tree abounds with horse thieves, brigands, army deserters and sundry other misfits, and I’m rather proud of that fact.
Deplorables helped build this country and that fact is much of what this explores. The people held in such low regard by Hillary Clinton and other elites have borne a disproportionate share of this country’s imperial burden, serving as enlisted men and women in far-flung military posts throughout the world. Our forebears also supplied the bulk of the courage, ingenuity and brawn that not only ensured the settlement of the vast American wilderness but also the remarkable industrialization that followed.
How did I come with such an esoteric name as “Ruby Red Republic” for this site? A blue-state friend of mine supplied it rather unwittingly when she described my native Alabama as a “ruby-red state.” That inspired me to apply this term to the entire region commonly derided by our elites as “Flyover Country.”
Thank your for visiting.