Memo to Rural America: The Urban Elites Hate You

The Hill offers us this unintentionally illuminating article a couple days ago:

America Is Held Hostage by Flyover States

By Duane Townsend

The predominant narrative coming out of the 2016 presidential post-election analysis is: The flyover states have spoken.

A flyover state is the huge region between the coasts. As opposed to the eastern seaboard, northern post-industrial states and Pacific Ocean states. They’re overwhelmingly Republican, stanchly conservative, regressive right wing, evangelical Christian and working class, well, the loudest, most ill-informed of them are. . .

This is a voter demographic fond of describing themselves as hard-working middle-class Americans. Which they are. They’re overwhelmingly middle-aged to senior, white, semi-rural, increasingly suburban and indignant. They seem to be perpetually enraged every election cycle, and after, according to the results.

They either want their country back or they’re tired of being ignored. They regularly blurt the latter as justification for electing right-wing theocrat/closed minds, austerity minded, cultural fascists to office. . .

It’s clear cultural fascism.

Just who is Duane Townsend? The Hill identifies him as a “life-long resident of Detroit, Mich., and an experienced observer of the American social/political landscape.” That explains a lot. Experienced indeed.

On the other hand, I’ve seen the figure that of America’s total 3,797,000 square miles, Hillary Clinton won the majority vote in just 319 of them. Score one for the dispersed peasants fighting against the city folk whose food they cheerfully supply.

By the way, here’s the graphic The Hill ran with the story:

flyover-graphic

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