Originally posted by elouina
reply to post by HappyBunny
You are giving the entirely wrong impression here. Do you want to know what life is like "out in the country" of PA? Something many will never get
to experience. MAYBERRY! All the charms of small towns where everyone knows and helps each other. Local small businesses line the streets. The
schools have a good handle on their children and teach them respect and manors. Perhaps America needs to get back to its roots. Education is not
throwing out a manufactured product. It is molding our children to be contributors to society. And embracing their individuality. Where is this
individuality when America keeps closing their small schools and combining them into one large factory?
These small towns are also often our farming towns. Where the folks that grow our food meet. They are the hard laborers of our country and our
backbone. Where would we be without them? They represent true America!
Every time I drive through one of these great towns, I yearn to be a part of them. And my dream, when I retire, is to move to the small town that my
daughter recently became a part of. Quiet and peaceful, now that is the life!
Quaint and charming those towns may be, but their attitudes are 19th century. My family is from rural southwestern PA and West Virginia and most of
them still live in that environment. I spent a lot of time working on my aunt's farm growing up, and we spent a lot of summers at another relative's
farm, so I saw firsthand what it was like. Even now I only live a few minutes from "cow country". I just spent the last week hiding all of my
relatives' blatantly racist and teabagger political posts on FB, and they're hardly the exception. The middle of the state is even worse. To put it
mildly, they're nice on the outside, but their real attitudes are shocking. Spend any amount of time around them, and you'll be floored. They're
racist, xenophobic, and they really do love their guns and their Bibles. They don't know anything about the rest of the world, and the worst part is,
they don't want to know.
The rest of the world does not exist for them. They don't like anyone not like them. And if you're not born there, you
will never, ever, be a real part of the community, no matter how long you live there.
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