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    and with their economic struggles are rightly concerned about the bread-and-butter issues that face them, their children and their parents daily.  But I think it depends upon where in the country you live what other concerns seem to trump even these basics.

    In some regions, the fact that the President is black, and that "they" (read AAs and immigrants) are getting "my" money and stuff, racial resentment is very high on the list, and informs people's choice of "leaders."

    In some regions, storm after storm, drought or fires or killing heat are making people very concerned about the climate.

    In some regions, the dying cities, poorly managed by some pretty sketchy characters who are beholden to the big pockets of special interests, are making people very concerned about losing their hard-earned pensions, safety in their streets, lost services of any kind, or any financial security.

    In some regions, laws governing voting rights are quickly shutting the door to a large swathe of the population's ability to choose their representation.  That is making people very concerned about their rights.

    In some regions, the fear of deportation (even among people who have lived here for most or all of their lives) is making people very concerned about immigration policy.

    In some regions, the official policy of denying women healthcare, or denying LGBT people economic fairness or social acceptance is making them very concerned about religion determining government decisions.

    And, finally, I think the concern over government spying is really a larger issue about who controls our lives.  If journalists, whatever you think of them, are being silenced and the information we get to see is sharply curtailed, all the issues that concern people--including job, education and health--are affected.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:40:33 AM PDT

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