Two Opinions (Maybe Three) on our Rural Trump Voting Brethren

Many people read Robert Leonard’s NY Times piece about Why Rural America Voted for Trump.

Knoxville, Iowa — 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…

They are part of a growing movement in rural America that immerses many young people in a culture — not just conservative news outlets but also home and church environments — that emphasizes contemporary conservative values. It views liberals as loathsome, misinformed and weak, even dangerous.

Then Leonard had an epiphany when he saw former black Republican Congressman, now evangelist (natch!) J.C. Watts. According to Watts:

“The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans believe people are fundamentally bad, while Democrats see people as fundamentally good,” said Mr. Watts, who was in the area to campaign for Senator Rand Paul. “We are born bad,” he said and added that children did not need to be taught to behave badly — they are born knowing how to do that.

“We teach them how to be good,” he said. “We become good by being reborn — born again.”

He continued: “Democrats believe that we are born good, that we create God, not that he created us. If we are our own God, as the Democrats say, then we need to look at something else to blame when things go wrong — not us.”

So Obamacare is bad and Planned Parenthood has to be defunded.  Taxes should always be low so that government does the bare minimum for its citizens.  Not sure how we get those policy conclusions from a religious debate, but there you go.   Leonard is right that it’s not really a red or blue thing, it’s a rural vs. urban thing – educated reality based people versus uneducated religious mumbo jumbo people.  As I’ve written before, we are always told we have to respect their religion and culture, but they can shit on us and call us smug elitists when we’re just working people too and BY THE WAY, THEY THINK THEY’RE SUPERIOR TO US.

Here’s how the estimable Rude Pundit answers Leonard: Fuck You Rural Elitists

“Fuck you, you elitist fucking assholes. Why is your judgmental ass more valid than mine?”… 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.

…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.

I know I’ve over quoted Rude, but it’s all gold.

The bottom line is that they have been lead to believe for 30 years a line of bull about liberals that makes it so their most cherished philosophical belief is that pissing off liberals is good for them.  As Rude says:

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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