We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Madonna. It's a great song called "Vogue" where she strikes poses in an attempt to be beyond modern. Avant garde for its time. I meant it in direct contrast to how we've evolved or devolved accoring to how you see it. Madonna seemed the perfect contrast. And, to give the Clampetts their due, they all look rather vogue-strike-a-pose in a grapes of wrath sort of way.
They're not "striking a pose, they're jist relaxin', is all." I only see 6 kids; it must be a small family (or several have already died)
My father-in-law has (had, one died) 5 brothers, but my mother-in-law had 6 brothers and 5 sisters. My wife has somewhere around 25-30 cousins. (it's hard to get them all together to count them!)
Of course I know they're not striking a pose. In fact, the very first thought that entered my mind when I saw it was Rose 'o Sharon nursing that dying old man in the last paragraph of "The Grapes Of Wrath". Her baby had died, but she had enough milk left to save the old man.
Had I written that out as my comment, it would not have been fitting for the 'art' of the photograph. What I feel fitting, however, is to contrast the decadence of our current society as comparison/contrast to how our country has been through hard times and very well may go through them again if we don't wise up. I seriously doubt we will ever see that kind of nation-wide poverty, but it is a stark reminder for conservatives to get it together.
I could have written all that, but I stupidly thought the metaphor implied was clear. As I said: Please pardon my mind.
They were probably pretty decent and hard working people. Reminds me of pictures I have of my father's family when he was a kid in the Mississippi Delta, and he did quite well for himself over the years. They don't make many people like that now. Salt of the earth.