The American South, in general, isn’t something to be proud of. More often than not they are a drag on the United States, causing our great nation to be considered mediocre.
All of this leaves little doubt that, in the absence of Southern exceptionalism, the U.S. would be much more similar to other English-speaking democracies, which don’t subject their leaders to religious tests, don’t suffer from high levels of gun violence and don’t rival communist China and despotic Saudi Arabia in the number of executions per capita. Without the gravitational force exerted on the South, American conservatism itself would be radically different—more Bob Dole than Ted Cruz.
To read a more comprehensive list of the ways that the South brings down America in general, read the following story: