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  •  i am rural too (3+ / 0-)

    i understand what the other diary was doing as far as calling out media dependence...i commented that i thought the real scourge of rural (but also suburban and urban) media is AM talk radio...it is the one thing you can pick up in your pickup no matter how far out in the boonies you are..except for some terrain, of course.
    But i was also  put off by the way rural becomes a scapegoat.
    here's the deal, there are lots of bright blue dots even in a red looking county and state. here in this very conservative corner of a conservative ,(though changing I hope) state, one out of 3  voters voted for the Democrat.

    Rural Democrats, progressives  and liberals , whether they identify as indys or Dems, are strong, tough, smart  and persistent in a way you might not understand unless you lived in the places where they live.

    if you are the only kid in your class who is scrapping for Obama, or a teacher who tries t bring some of the outside world into a classroom, a rancher who tries to use sound practices to bring back the water table and stop the erosion, or an old lady who hauls herself down a dirt road to cast a vote, you deserve the respect of your urban peers

    A lot of rural areas are a combination of people who have been here a few generations and others who are outcasts, retirees or refugees from other places. There's a lot of poverty in rural areas, unless you are in one of the rural designated as so desirable it has been gentrified. There are not many options in rural areas. the centers of life in many rural areas are the churches. They are all Christian and most of the congregations lean conservative.If you are a 'none' or an 'other' you have to figure something out for yourself, or find a few like minded  folks to gather together. There's addiction, crime and close mindedness . there's patriotism, real and misguided. there's  kindness, neighborliness, an attitude of live and let live as long as it is on your own property because we all know it isn't easy out here. you are far from the doctor, the dentist, the movie theater and a coffeehouse. You have to find a way to at least acknowledge you and your neighbor might be hauling each other to the doc some night. there are nasty feuds that go back years, but there are also real gems of people.
    In my community the real feud is between the Mormons and the Tea Party fundies. poke around the scrub long enough and you'll find both gun totin' and peace loving libertarians, buddhists, wiccans, more people of color than you realized, long time ranchers with masters degrees or no degrees, hippies, monks, and truly grand old broads .
    we read, we surf the internets. kids are born  here. some of them never leave the cloister of their fundamentalist home schools, others have broken homes, but kids are kids and with every new kid there's a chance to reach them with wonder and an education.
    You also find too many weatherbeaten,poor, sick,  tired folks of all persuasions, with not enough young folks moving in to take their place.
    but don't you be painting us with the same brush or writing us off.  a little love goes a long way.

    •  Hey! here's to all the "truly grand old broads!" (1+ / 0-)
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      and everyone else you so skillfully limn - - thanks for giving us the view from the weatherbeaten open spaces!

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

      by ornerydad on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 11:07:11 AM PST

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