a reply to: JohnnyCanuck
Great read, and one I think hits the nail on the head. All these liberals, after the election, wringing their hands, whining about how they failed to
understand "flyover America". They are as Naieve and ignorant about "flyover America" as flyover Americans are ignorant of life, the universe, and
everything. Ignorance abounds.
I learned up close and personal about the reality of white fundie Christians and their natural habitat. I was born and partly raised in California.
Partly. I say that because my whole family had caught the religious fundementalist bug from friends and spouses, and I was raised in a heavily
fundementalist-evenagellical family, with some fundementalist Baptists thrown in the mix. As a result, I spent much of my childhood living in
red-states and the heartland. Combined 6 years in Rural Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and even Florida for a year. Surrounded by hard-core die hard
conservatives who took the Bible literally in everything, and believed in the apocalypse. There literally was no room for questioning anything.
Questions were freaked out over, considered blasphemous, or "Satan attempt" to lead us astray. Fear, condemnation, emotional and psychological
When I lived in California, it was not so bad, because we lived in the Bay Area, where there were plenty of havens from this mentality. Outside of
the home and church, no one single idealogy reigned supreme, and thus, had the opportunity to be exposed to a plethora of ideas, facts, information,
and perspectives from everywhere, so the fundementalism was constantly challenged, and I was able to break free and learn the joys of 20th century
rational thought. And as a result, I was able to ditch the chains and spiritual slavery of Fundementalist Christianity.
Living in the heartland, however, was a totally different ball game. There were no reprieves, no sanctuaries of thought and questioning. The entirety
of their societies is molded around fundamentalism, from the household to the school, local radio and TV stations, and local government. There was
literally no desire to learn beyond the basics. We even had open religion pushed in the school, like a Bible van that visited once a week, and kids
who didn't participate were ostracized and shamed by our teachers. Racism was not only rife, but open, and so bad that a black family from
Philidelphia had been harrassed and run out of town (despite the fact that the wife was a pediatrician who had moved there to work at the poorly
funded, understaffed, backwards rural "hospital" ). Anytime these ideas and attitudes were challenged, they were met with aggressive contempt, the
person challenging them being somehow "poisoned" by city life or something. The only way to escape this mentality and be exposed to concepts like
critical thinking rational thought is to leave and move elsewhere, which is what happens a lot of the time with the younger ones. Which is why they
end up leaving for good a lot of the time, and the towns end up drying up.
When you step back and look at the bigger picture, it makes liberal's hand-wringing, and their overall mentality, even more confusingly idiotic.
Liberals do suffer from their own brand of mental illness, and one of those things is excessive tolerance of everyone, and a neurotic desire to try
and work with their enemies and love their neighbors, ironically, a Christian mindset. Despite how revolting and crazy their enemies seem, liberals
always seem to think they can reason and find common ground with with them. They do this with fundamentalist Islam and conservative Muslims. And the
results will always be the same: appeasement never works. The same can be said with this approach towards flyover America, who at their core, are
indistinguishable from the Muslims they fear. This is why liberals will continue to fall apart in their delusions of unity, and become as irrelevant
as the conservatives. Excessive believe in "universal goodness' is as dangerous as religion in its own right. The desire to constantly want the love
and approval of people who flat out hate you and want you dead is its own brand of mental illness.