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Questor
2017-07-09 06:09:36 UTC
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Fuck You, Rural Elitists
http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2017/01/fuck-you-rural-elitists.html

Yesterday, an opinion piece in the New York Times started this way: "One recent
morning, I sat near two young men at a coffee shop here whom I’ve known since
they were little boys. Now about 18, they pushed away from the table, and one
said: 'Let’s go to work. Let the liberals sleep in.' The other nodded." The
writer, Robert Leonard, is a local news director at a radio station in
Knoxville, Iowa, and he assured us that the young men are hard workers at tough
jobs, like washing dishes and cleaning up at a restaurant, and, of course,
farming. They are so goddamned salt of the earth because "They are conservative,
believe in hard work, family, the military and cops, and they know that abortion
and socialism are evil, that Jesus Christ is our savior, and that Donald J.
Trump will be good for America."

And all I could think when I read it was "Fuck you, you elitist fucking
assholes. Why is your judgmental ass more valid than mine?"

The piece is titled, "Why Rural America Voted for Trump," and it is another
seemingly rational argument trying to show that one's neighbors or one's
relatives or one's friends didn't vote for Trump because of "ignorance, racism,
sexism, nationalism, Islamophobia," or other such things. No, it was that rural
Americans have a different philosophy. They "think the liberal worldview creates
unnecessary rules and regulations that cripple the economy and take away good
jobs that may belong to them or their neighbor. Public school systems and
colleges are liberal tools of indoctrination that go after what we love and
value most -- our children."

We're all supposed to nod our heads and respect these shitheels while they mock
liberals and are ennobled by the rank nonsense of those who desperately want to
justify the racism, etc. because otherwise they have to admit that they are
surrounded by horrible, hateful fucks. But I won't do that precisely because I
have more respect for these dumbass motherfuckers than any of the wannabe Jane
Goodalls observing the ways of the chimps. How do I have more respect? Because I
don't treat them like fucking children or a hidden Amazon tribe whose language
is clicks and trills. We're talking about fucking grown-ups who make fucking
grown-up decisions, and I'm gonna treat them like grown-ups. And their attitudes
towards urban Americans are no less elitist than the dumbass motherfuckers on
the coasts who lump everyone else into flyover country.

Here's the deal. There are a whole bunch of us city liberals who came from rural
or southern or whatever areas. I've told this story a hundred goddamn times, but
this pinheaded, Ivory Tower-humping leftist lived in a trailer park in Florida
with a trucker father and a working mom. At 13, I started working unloading
semis at warehouses after school. My family was on welfare, including food
stamps, and when my father died, we were on Social Security to survive in the
south, and we worked our asses off to get out of that hole. I know a shit-ton of
other people who have a similar M.O. and now live in New York or L.A. and a
shit-ton who continue to live in rural areas. So don't fucking preach to me
about the goodness and grace of conservative rural people or the white working
class.

And as for those good hard-workin' young men who love God and country? More than
a few of 'em were hanging out in the gay bars of south Louisiana, far from New
Orleans, trying to get their dicks sucked in the men's room. I guarantee you
that Leonard's liberal-hating boys or ones like them are hoping for a little
sinful time with another man.

It's all bullshit. The rest of Leonard's column is about how it seems like
cities in red states are taken care of by their government, but not the rural
parts of the state, where the roads need to be improved and there is a need for
police and firefighters and EMTs: "To rural Americans, sometimes it seems our
taxes mostly go to making city residents live better. We recognize that the
truth is more complex, particularly when it comes to social programs, but it’s
the perception that matters -- certainly to the way most people vote."

And there you have the reason why liberals are called "elitist." We actually
know that most of our taxes go to the Republican-run states. We aren't fucking
hypocrites who condemn government, elect people who want to shrink government,
and then are pissed off when the government doesn't offer enough services. We
don't get our news from conspiracy theorists and liars. Are there excesses on
the left? Of course. We're fuckin' human. But when one group is inclusive of all
races and religions and genders and sexual orientations and more, while the
other pines for a time when white Christians ran everything, it's pretty damn
clear who the real elitists are.

What you're calling "elitism" is just simply not being ignorant. We don't have
our heads shoved up Jesus's ass. And when the left gets angry because of how
fucking dumb some of the shit coming out of rural and red mouths is, we're told
we need to understand what they believe. No, we're just gonna say that stupid is
stupid.

You can stop explaining the white working class rural conservative Christian
farming folk, hot-talkers and self-justifiers. Instead, why don't you explain
liberalism to them? Why don't you explain that jobs are drying up and
communities are dying not because of abortion and same-sex marriage but because
of Republican economic policies that have favored the wealthy, most of whom live
in cities, including a certain president-elect they voted for who took advantage
of those very policies in order to stay rich? Ultimately, though, it won't
matter. Because despite every fucking word to the contrary, the real problem is
that those who voted for Trump are racist. They are sexist. They are
Islamophobic. They are ignorant.

The whole thrust of these "let's learn about the yokels" articles is to imply
that there are real Americans and there are coastal elites. Sorry,
motherfuckers. We're all Americans. And if I have to suffer under your stupid,
you have to hear about our smarts.
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2017-07-09 21:47:54 UTC
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white Christians
"I'm dreaming of the white Christians..." —bin Crosby
Peter Boulding
2017-07-11 21:11:53 UTC
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white Christians
"I'm dreaming of the white Christians..." —bin Crosby
Seen the latest Pew survey on US attitudes to major institutions?

It asks whether the following have a positive or negative impact on the
country:

Churches and religious orgs:
good 59%; bad 26%

Colleges and universities:
good 55%; bad 36%

Labor unions:
good 46%; bad 32%

Banks and other financial institutions:
good 39%; bad 46%

The national news media:
good 28%; bad 63%


Nothing too unusual about any of this, but look at Pew's breakdown according
the respondents' politics (Pub = Republicans and independents who lean
Republican; Dem similarly includes independents who lean Demward):

Churches and religious orgs:
Pub good 73%; bad 14%
Dem good 50%; bad 36%

Colleges and universities:
Pub good 36%; bad 58%
Dem good 72%; bad 19%

Labor unions:
Pub good 33%; bad 46%
Dem good 59%; bad 22%

Banks and other financial institutions:
Pub good 46%; bad 37%
Dem good 33%; bad 54%

The national news media:
Pub good 10%; bad 85%
Dem good 44%; bad 66%

(The don't knows are represented above)

<http://www.people-press.org/2017/07/10/sharp-partisan-divisions-in-views-of-national-institutions/>

The stunner here is the hostility to seats of higher education.

Not that there's anything entirely new about it; it's exemplified by
America's favourite Christmas movie "It's Wonderful Life", that paean to
small-town (i.e. traditional Republican) values, in which Lionel Barrymore's
Mr. Potter represents the evil of those rich, educated, city folk.

But over the past few years Republican hostility to higher education has
become increasingly intense: a significant majority--58%--now think that
America's colleges and universities are A Bad Thing.

If things carry on this way Chairman Trump will soon be able to enthrall his
base by killing a bunch of professors, turning the rest out into the paddy
fields, and burning all the university textbooks.
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2017-07-11 21:25:46 UTC
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The stunner here is the hostility to seats of higher education.
Not that there's anything entirely new about it; it's exemplified by
America's favourite Christmas movie "It's Wonderful Life", that paean to
small-town (i.e. traditional Republican) values, in which Lionel Barrymore's
Mr. Potter represents the evil of those rich, educated, city folk.
But over the past few years Republican hostility to higher education has
become increasingly intense: a significant majority--58%--now think that
America's colleges and universities are A Bad Thing.
If things carry on this way Chairman Trump will soon be able to enthrall his
base by killing a bunch of professors, turning the rest out into the paddy
fields, and burning all the university textbooks.
They'd have to figure out what a paddy field is.
Peter Boulding
2017-07-11 22:29:36 UTC
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If things carry on this way Chairman Trump will soon be able to enthrall his
base by killing a bunch of professors, turning the rest out into the paddy
fields, and burning all the university textbooks.
They'd have to figure out what a paddy field is.
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Xho Jingleheimerschmidt
2017-07-19 02:36:36 UTC
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They'd have to figure out what a paddy field is.
Is that the place that Nixon can't stand?

bill van
2017-07-11 23:47:53 UTC
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Pub good 10%; bad 85%
Dem good 44%; bad 66%
Looks like some of the Dems were polled twice.
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Peter Boulding
2017-07-12 01:04:08 UTC
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Pub good 10%; bad 85%
Dem good 44%; bad 66%
Looks like some of the Dems were polled twice.
Oops: that should have been

Dem good 44%; bad 46%.

Sorry; it wasn't published in a copy/pasteable format.
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B***@BillTurlock.com
2017-07-12 00:14:56 UTC
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Post by Questor
white Christians
"I'm dreaming of the white Christians..." —bin Crosby
Seen the latest Pew survey on US attitudes to major institutions?
It asks whether the following have a positive or negative impact on the
good 59%; bad 26%
good 55%; bad 36%
good 46%; bad 32%
good 39%; bad 46%
good 28%; bad 63%
Nothing too unusual about any of this, but look at Pew's breakdown according
the respondents' politics (Pub = Republicans and independents who lean
Pub good 73%; bad 14%
Dem good 50%; bad 36%
Pub good 36%; bad 58%
Dem good 72%; bad 19%
Pub good 33%; bad 46%
Dem good 59%; bad 22%
Pub good 46%; bad 37%
Dem good 33%; bad 54%
Pub good 10%; bad 85%
Dem good 44%; bad 66%
(The don't knows are represented above)
<http://www.people-press.org/2017/07/10/sharp-partisan-divisions-in-views-of-national-institutions/>
The stunner here is the hostility to seats of higher education.
Not that there's anything entirely new about it; it's exemplified by
America's favourite Christmas movie "It's Wonderful Life", that paean to
small-town (i.e. traditional Republican) values, in which Lionel Barrymore's
Mr. Potter represents the evil of those rich, educated, city folk.
But over the past few years Republican hostility to higher education has
become increasingly intense: a significant majority--58%--now think that
America's colleges and universities are A Bad Thing.
If things carry on this way Chairman Trump will soon be able to enthrall his
base by killing a bunch of professors, turning the rest out into the paddy
fields, and burning all the university textbooks.
Maybe a Real Long March, too?
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