The political divide between rural and urban America is more cultural than it is economic, rooted in rural residents’ deep misgivings about the nation’s rapidly changing demographics, their sense that Christianity is under siege and their perception that the federal government caters most to the needs of people in big cities, according to a wide-ranging poll that examines cultural attitudes across the United States. The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey of nearly 1,700 Americans — including more than 1,000 adults living in rural areas and small towns — finds deep-seated kinship in rural America, coupled with a stark sense of
Interesting that nearly every question has to do with the Governments interaction in the business of America. I should say ´Interference´ in the business of America. The second item of note is that it is a poll by the Washington Post. Don´t know how the Kaiser Family Foundation got roped into appearing to support the WP!
The Business of America is actively being interfered with every day, all day long. From regulations to taxation to permitting to inspection, it is the reason for the dearth of jobs and new businesses in America.
This cultural divide as I see it is between those looking for the Government to take care of them and those who only want to be left alone to take care of themselves.
John Galt is still alive and well in America. There are few people of means who are now willing to fight the establishment to make a buck. Better to retreat to save one than to pith it away trying to comply with insane rules.
The Kaiser Family Foundation is just a "not-for-profit" ruse for a highly political organization that rakes in huge dollars tax-free while telling us all how to live. Not-for-profits MUST be ended. They are undermining the fabric of American culture at every level.
It is NOT "demographics" that people have a problem with; it is the lack of understanding of American values and disregard of the county´s governing documents and laws. The Marxists in the cities think they have a "right to healthcare," so they think they can make slaves of our offspring who we have struggled to educate into doctors and nurses. They think the have a "right" to eat well, so they want to make farmers slaves to the city folks so they don´t have to worry about where their food comes from while the perform their sick plays in the city park.And they expect our sons to defend their rights and to keep a bunch of terrorists from dropping them from their tall city buildings. We are to serve them while they hold us in contempt.
I´m really sorry I gave the WaPo the click. The questions are biased to get the intended response. Ask about social issues and some of the absolutely ridiculous mandates coming from the Department of Education for transgendered students. Or ask about the miserable education many kids get in public schools. Ask about Obamacare. Ask about foreign policy. Ask about gun ownership. Ask about terrorism. Ask about entitlement reform and unfunded pensions. Ask about fiscal responsibility.
I was born into a southern family with rural origins. I can shop and cook in a thrifty manner, make simple repairs and often choose to "make do," rather than run out and buy something I really don´t need. My parents and grandparents imparted their work ethic to my generation.
I am a college-educated woman who has lived and worked in rural and urban areas. My values will always be those of my forebears. Faith and self-reliance are so much a part of me that it seems almost like a genetic thing.
Most of my friends who were born and raised in big cities seem to think that cut up chickens and loaves of bread magically appear on supermarket shelves. They believe a home-cooked meal is something you buy premade and heat up.
I don´t think my friends would do well in a crisis or out-and-out catastrophe. I remember the people sitting on the bridge after Katrina hit and think a lot of city-dwellers would behave the same way. Just sit there and wait for help that probably will never come. The rural citizen will get up and start walking, thanking God for His mercy at having survived.
No mention of how urban liberals show up in small towns and demand a Christmas display be torn down, a prayer by the football team be silenced, how a bakery must make a cake shaped like a P**** or V*****, or how the EPA imposed harsh regulations on farmland use.
I don´t know what type of immigrant that guy from Roma was talking about but if he included the "illegal" immigrants. he doesn´t get my vote. I lived as an immigrant as did my wife and family and I don´t have a beef. Illegals got nothing to say about it, they are not entitled to be here. If they think they have it bad, ask them about how those who are illegal in their homeland are treated. otherwise, I don´t hear too many immigrant legally here complaining about their treatment as immigrants.
I don´t know what type of immigrant that guy from Roma was talking about but if he included the "illegal" immigrants; especially those little darlings of M13, one of the most vicious gangs of all time, he doesn´t get my vote. I lived as an immigrant as did my wife and family and I don´t have a beef. Illegals got nothing to say about it, they are not entitled to be here. If they think they have it bad, ask them about how those who are illegal in their homeland are treated. otherwise, I don´t hear too many immigrant legally here complaining about their treatment as immigrants.
They always speak of so-called rapidly changing demographics as if they´re a ticking time bomb that will end American culture. They´re right, but they never mention that this was done deliberately. Since 1965 the political class has engineered US immigration and refugee laws for the main purpose of eradicating American culture and feelings of nationalism. Thus, no complaints about constant flood of cheap foreign labor. Targeting a culture for extinction is Lemkin´s definition of genocide.
I saw the rural-urban divide ´up close and personal´ while growing up in western Fairfax county, VA (about 30 miles or so west of DC) in the mid-´60´s to the mid-´70´s. The rural farming area I was born into was paved over. It is now wall-to-wall housing developments, office parks, shopping centers, and highways. The largely conservative, self-sufficient farmers and ´country folks´ were driven out and replaced by hordes of ´urban people´ and last time I visited, a high percentage of foreigners. Every landmark is gone. Every farm is gone. Every forest is gone. All the people I knew are gone. My home has been obliterated.
To the teacher in Roma: I live in a sea of brown and you are wrong. So sick of favoritism and every form asking if I identify as a Hispanic. Sick of minorities getting favoritism in job, grants, and opportunities. Christians are under attack.
In the 60s the fight was about equal rights. There is no just thing.
Good point #10- It´s getting increasingly more difficult for those of us in rural America to just ignore the cities as we had been able to a great extent. But the hand of big government that feeds, houses and clothes so many 2nd through 4th world slums tries to FORCE its denizens on our rural areas. The do-gooders from Washington/Lansing are popping up ´mixed -residential apartment complexes all around us through building permit extortion. As soon as one opens, the sirens and flashers are busy around the clock. A person has to just consider moving even farther north.
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The House Intelligence Committee met behind closed doors Tuesday with John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman, amid complaints by President Donald Trump that the Obama administration didn’t do enough to counter Russian interference in the U.S. election. Podesta’s email account was hacked, as was the Democratic National Committee’s. Many of those emails were then leaked, producing a steady, negative and sometimes embarrassing stream of news about Clinton’s campaign. But the Democrats didn’t cooperate fully with U.S. investigators. “The president and the entire administration were dealing with an unprecedented incidence of the weaponization” of Russian cyberactivity, Podesta told reporters after
Mark Levin´s new book, "Rediscovering Americanism," an assault on the media and progressives and a call for Americans to take back their country, debuts today at No. 1 on Amazon. Showing the draw of the New York Times bestselling author and top syndicated radio host, his book is already on the way to becoming another big seller. "My new book covers a lot of territory — philosophy, history, economics, law, culture, etc. And I look deeply into what is meant by Americanism, republicanism, individualism, capitalism. What do we mean by natural law, unalienable rights, liberty, and property rights? From where
WASHINGTON –The Cubs bought their 2016 World Series trophy to Capitol Hill on Tuesday and lug it to the White House on Wednesday for a meeting with President Donald Trump – expected by team honchos Tom and Todd Ricketts to be more low-key than the love fest former President Barack Obama squeezed in before leaving office. The Cubs are here for a four-game series with the NationaIs; Todd Ricketts told the Chicago Sun-Times, “I think the president just knew that we all were going to be here going to baseball games and thought it would be fun to come up
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Underscoring the earth´s ever-changing face, a new island has been spotted off the coast of North Carolina. The crescent-shaped landmass off the tip of Cape Point in Buxton started surfacing in spring and now it measures around one-mile long and more than 400 feet wide. Locals have dubbed the sandbar Shelly Island, because of the vast quantities of shells littering its shores. Scroll down for video (Photo) Janice Regan, who lives nearby, told the Virginian Pilot that it was actually her grandson who came up with the apt moniker. She added that the island was just a ´little bump´ in
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The New York Daily News’ senior justice writer Shaun King blasted Christians Monday for perpetrating white supremacy for their support of President Donald Trump’s immigration halt. King put out a series of tweets accusing Christians who supported the halt of “fake faith” after the Supreme Court allowed Trump’s immigration ban to go into effect. (Snip) “To support a ban on immigrants & refugees, while calling yourself a Christian, is not faith, it’s white supremacy disguised as religion,” King tweeted.
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Police are on the hunt for a couple who were caught on video camera beating a restaurant owner and her 15-year-old daughter because they weren´t happy with their meals. The incident happened at the Qwik Chick takeout stand next to U.S. Highway 1 in Baxley, Georgia just after 3pm on Thursday, reported WTOC. The couple, identified as Nathaniel Eric Smith and Latasha M. Smith, got into an altercation with the food store´s owner, Jeanette Norris, because they said their chicken was cold and they didn´t have enough fries. Norris refunded their money but she said they went ´berserk´ anyway and
The Supreme Court said Monday that most of President Trump’s travel ban executive order can go into effect, delivering the first major victory to the new administration on perhaps his most controversial policy to date. Justices said the lower court rulings that blocked Mr. Trump’s policy were far too broad, and said the president can begin to enforce his ban against foreigners who don’t already have some ties to the U.S. That means the president can begin denying visas to visitors from six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — who don’t already have family in the U.S., or some other prior connection such as
Hillary Clinton cited a study showing young people who read the Harry Potter series are "more compassionate" toward immigrants and LGBT community members during her speech Tuesday in Chicago. Clinton made the reference while delivering a speech at the American Library Association´s annual conference, as fans of the popular book series celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first novel´s release. "Years of data suggest that reading fiction builds empathy," she said. "It helps us put ourselves in others´ shoes. One study even found that young people who read the Harry Potter books, which first came out 20 years ago this week, were