Maybe it is just my perspective but I found Iowahawk funny: it describes the seductive powers of red state culture to blue state adolescents.
Around here, it is true, ethnic groups and aesthetic contests that seem, well, “blue state,” are co-opted by Aggie power. The scholarships for high school art students come from cowboy art awarded in a contest sponsored by the Houston Livestock and Rodeo show; the Rabbi’s son was active in FFA; coveted high fashion to our exchange student from Germany were senior boots – part of the military uniform of the Corps of Cadets.
Academics see this as provincial. When a lovely Brit described this affection for the Corps as fascist (a term I suspect is used interchangeably with militaristic), I pointed out that the training of the parents and grandparents of the guys she patronized helped keep England free. She is a nice person, but some academics walk through this local culture without enjoying its richness. It’s not where my heart is, perhaps, but it has its own integrity, its beauty and its healthy pride. Ags were quite willing to see the world from someone else’s perspective which led them to be quite willing to leave their corner of the world to storm Normandy.