Date: 2016-10-13 01:08 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
princessofgeeks: (Daniel Dark by hsapiens)
Thanks so much for this.

I'm a red state liberal who lives in a small city, where I grew up, and the previous generations in my family were 90 percent Republicans. It was freshman sociology that blew my mind and changed my opinions.

One other factor in the current angry resentment (besides the relentlessness of Fox News and its imitators, and the GOP message for the last 30 years that government is bad) is the impact of the newish branch of Christianity that claims that God wants you to be rich and that prosperity is a sign of spiritual health. Televangelists preaching this have really distorted one stream of those small-town, rural values that you describe so beautifully. You made me think of my paternal grandmother, who quietly voted Democratic all her life. I wish I'd talked to her more about politics as a young person. Also particularly in the South the impact of racism on the church has been quite toxic.

Thank you for this message of hope. And turnout is going to be so key!!!!!

Also the onion rings and pimento sound awesome.
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