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  •  I went and posted on the "Walking Dumb" diary (18+ / 0-)

    but it's nearly "Walking Dead" this late in the day, so I'd like to re-post my comment here, as this is the diary that prompted it. (Please forgive a tired, 57 year old for not completely re-writing. It's nearly my bedtime. ;-):

       My county, in rural Northwest Iowa, has no
    town with a population higher than 4000 people. I live on the outskirts of a town of 1000.  Most folks in this farming community are decidedly rural--they farm for a living, or cater to farmers needs, for a living, or work as merchants and teachers and doctors in the very small towns that survive in large part because of agriculture...

      And, despite a strong Dutch Reformed and conservative Lutheran influence, and despite the fact Steve King does still, inexplicably, keep winning, my neighbors and fellow rural Iowans are not any "dumber" than people my daughter meets every day in Center City, Philadelphia....Less sophisticated? Yeah, but not much--not these days of a thousand channels and internet everywhere...Quieter and somewhat repressed? Yeah, it's the nature of the region. I've learned to live with it (but I still feel the need to howl at the moon, sometimes, out of sheer frustration ;-).  But their children are well educated, they perform their jobs with dedication and talent, they're literate and sensible and hard working,  and Obama only lost the county by 2% of the vote. ;-D

      (AND we were able to buy a large, 100 year old farmhouse on an acre of land in an incredibly safe neighborhood--we don't even lock our doors when running short errands; in 9 years we've had absolutely zero crime--for $72K, my husband's commute to work is only 15 minutes long, and my internet speeds are fast enough to stream Netflix. "Rural" can be just about anything you expect it to be...except stereotypical. )

    •  what a great scene! (3+ / 0-)
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      Prairie Gal, peachcreek, CS in AZ

      Now let's work on that daggone 2% and that dagblasted Steve King!

      thanks for chiming in, hawkeye!

      Hope is, after all, the currency of popular politics, and a coin surprisingly hard to devalue. -- Fred Anderson, Crucible of War

      by ornerydad on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:50:31 PM PST

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    •  Northwest Iowa (3+ / 0-)
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      ornerydad, Prairie Gal, funluvn1

      My paternal grandparents were from Osceola County (Ashton), and my maternal grandparents were from Kossuth (Bancroft).

      I come from a long line of "rural" folk.

    •  This makes me want to move to Iowa (2+ / 0-)
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      Wood Dragon, mashed potatoes

      Except for the tornados and freezing winters and whatnot, I might seriously consider it. But having grown up in southern arizona, I am a desert rat and a weather wimp -- can't deal with snow, temperatures below 50, or natural disasters ... and the desert is my home.

      Tucson is not rural, nor is it cosmopolitan... it's my home town and has really changed over the years, and we have our share of right-wingers who truly do seem beyond reach... but most people here don't fit the stereotype of the hateful bigoted Arizonan that has become the popular view of us... hating on Zonies and the entire state of Arizona is good sport here, I've learned to ignore it but it bothers me. We are a blue area of a 'red' state that is actually pretty purple... and we have very pretty purple sunsets too.

      I appreciate this diary... I didn't read the one this is responding to, but I agree with the points made here about not writing off or hating on and making fun of whole areas or groups of people. I wish that message will take root and grow here.

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