there is an ongoing discussion over at sachiko mclean's blog- and i wanted to link there and at my original post because she has updated and changed some parts of her article. and then- i will add my two cents worth:
my original post- i did change the paragraph to the updated version
sachiko's post- why conservative middle america is so angry
now, we all know how i feel about conservative thinkers- we have them on the left too- and it is a big reason i left the democratic party.
my thought is that the conservative middle americans are pissed because they don't like change of any kind- unless it suits them directly. in my opinion, they have to be the most shortsighted, self centered, bigoted, racist, homophobic, misogynistic group of people in this country. i don't think i left anything out. i am using the conservative tactic of overgeneralizing and stereotyping. these people are predominately white, christian, middle classers who firmly believe that they are better than anyone else on the planet- and generally drive pick up trucks, suvs or mini vans to their son's football games. they fear black people, smart people, poor people, hispanic people, and any type of religion that isn't christian. did i mention their persecution complex? yes, you see, since the world revolves around them- the rest of the world must be against them.
unfortunately, these people are not content to sit in their split level ranches and let people be- no, they have to try and bring everyone else down to their ignorance by promoting fantasy instead of truth through getting creationism in public schools and generally bullying and bludgeoning people by 'ministering' to them about the 'word of god.' they firmly believe that a woman should submit to men in all realms and are working fervently not just to outlaw abortion but contraceptives as well- because women should be popping out 'snowflakes' by the 'quiverfull.'
the recent fiscal debacle was helped by a republican in republican controlled congress and actually started under a republican president in the 1980's- you know, the last time we had a financial mess. this country has gone to hell in a handbasket by republican hands- with props from dinos in every level of government. and why there is even a question in anyone's mind who they would vote for is beyond me. i can't imagine that it's only democrats or independents living in the tent cities that have popped up around the nation- and here middle america is actually thinking about voting mccain because they hate gays. give me a fucking break.
there is always the lip service paid by politicians to middle america- 'real americans', salt of the earth, working americans, etc, etc. but that's simply flattery. it's the only time these people get any attention from anyone i guess and they are simply simple enough to continue falling for it time and again. 'vote republican because obama is black and scary'. 'vote republican because we don't know anything about obama'. 'vote mccain because obama is muslim.' give me a fucking break. if middle america wasn't so goddamned stupid and brainwashed, they would go looking for answers instead of waiting to be spoonfed answers from the wrong wing media. obama isn't perfect but if you intend to vote- he is the best choice on the ticket. it is unfortunate- but there it is.
i have zero respect for middle america precisely because they are willing to go through with this charade. they are willing to bring a nation down because they believe in god- because they hate people of color- because they feel women shouldn't be in power. it is unfortunate because thinking people; compassionate people; critical, longterm thinkers- are the minority in this country. so, we will most likely end up with mccain/palin because of the rightwing, conservative, neocon, neanderthal republicans in middle america. and if the left doesn't rise up against it- we deserve it.
apparently, i am not the only one who is beyond irritated with right wing victimization and the idiocy that surrounds it. for the record- i am about as big a hick as you can get. you want my family history- email me.