> The argument that "rural areas supply the food so you need us" is really
> fucking dumb. mostly because it implies that cities aren't doing
> anything productive, all productivity comes from rural areas. it's
> moronic, both play a critically important role.
> That said, I'd agree city folks aren't bright, neither are rural folks.
> people are dumb. you reaffirm this for us regularly ;)
> It is a VERY interesting point though the disparity between city life
> and rural life and how that affects politics.
> take min wage. you can do just fine in most small towns paying like
> 3-500 a month in rent and livin on minimum wage, but in a city where
> you're lucky to find a place less than 2-3x that much, child care is
> more expensive, food etc, raising min wage is necessity. that's just one
> you're also less likely to experience or witness things like police
> brutality in a small town but you can very easily empathize with loss of
> property, and you get very different views on shit like the protests.
> You're less likely to catch a pandemic disease or know gay couples or
> work closely with 1st generation immigrants, and that affects how people
> view those topics absolutely.
Wow Will, nice jab! But you digress. You’re really out of touch with the rest of the country. You should get out more. I know the metropolises contribute, and I value the productivity you mention. I’m typing on my iPad from the city, on an internet signal provided and generated by city resources. My money and mortgage are at city banks. I studied in the city, and spent most of my adult life living&working in cities. I could go on. But the truth remains, when resources are strained, cities will run out first. The rural folk have the resources and knowledge & space to save them. Currently, within yards of my home, tens of thousands of acres of wheat, peas, canola, and garbanzos are being harvested and shipped worldwide. Everybody around me has gardens and raises livestock. We don’t really need much you have to offer.
Also out of touch is your idea off small town life. I can’t compare police brutality, in light of recent events, but a lot of small town cops are arrogant dicks. Try speeding through a small, rural town you’re not from. Cops here are great, to the locals. My town has a population of ~2500. Rent for a 2-3 bedroom house is $800-1400. Based on my recent appraisal, median home value is probably $250-300k. We have several openly gay & trans. And how can you not realize that most ag workers are immigrants? There are many, many 1st gen immigrants here and in most of rural America. Talk about reaffirming lack of human intelligence ;) And you know why our views of the protests differ? Partly because you can’t see the forest for the trees. You’re like a frog in a pot of water on the stove. Most of the USA can see what’s really going on, but you’re blinded by what’s in front of you. We can see the separation of the protests vs anarchy. We see the peaceful protesters and the opportunist rioters. For those of you in the midst, the lines get blurred.
So, how about we appreciate the views out different windows, instead of criticizing them so much. We don’t all see the same thing when we throw open the shades.