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  •  It's a tribal/cultural divide (0+ / 0-)

    In rural areas the culture is completely different.  Here in rural MI, I feel like I live in Rush Limbaugh country. That's who influences the way people out here view and talk about politics, including many farmers.  It's probably not fair to declare them stupid people, but listening to Limbaugh and Fox News for one's news is a pretty fucking stupid thing to do.  

    I'm not so sure it's education, either.  The schools out here aren't that bad, and like anyplace, there are high acheivers in every class.  After high school, many of those high acheivers leave the area to go to college, and they don't come back.  Even many of the average acheivers leave rural areas for better jobs, so there is a strong self selection against those who are open to new ideas.  The ones who remain tend to be content with the way things are, which is backwards redneck republicanism.  Some of them even stay here because they don't want to live around minorities, they talk about "white culture" even though they're the most un-cultured people you'll ever meet.  That's pretty fucking stupid, in a tribal way.  It's an us versus them attitude that is stoked by Rush and Fox and Beck and all the other usual suspects.  

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 12:09:32 PM PST

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