Wombaticus Rex » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:02 pm wrote:Iamwhomiam » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:26 pm wrote:Bullshit! I don't believe you've ever heard a liberal lament any such thing. Nor do I believe any self-proclaimed liberal is contemptuous of rural whites who do feel contemptuous of liberals.
He's basically describing my entire childhood growing up in Vermont, so I'd vouch for it. The gulf is huge and the laments, they happen.
Indeed, the totality of your phrasing makes me suspect I'm failing to grasp your sarcasm.
In fact, liberal Thomas Frank wrote an entire motherfucking book called "What's the Matter With Kansas?" back in the middle of the Bush Administration about that precise subject.
General Patton wrote,
By far my favorite lament is from liberals who can't understand why rural whites despise liberals when it's fairly obvious that they are held in complete contempt by them. Relationships go both ways.
Honestly? You've heard liberals boo-hooing 'cause those mean ol' rednecks don't like them? I've never heard any such thing spoken by a liberal - not ever. I think upon hearing this at most one might expect an eye-roll. I very much doubt "liberals" care much about anything wild-thinking rednecks feel. I find most people rather self-centered with limited exposure to different cultures and even to certain aspects of their own.
There is more than one possible interpretation of the General's quoted statement depending on who the last written "they" pertains to. The use of 'former' and 'latter' would have been more definitive and avoid this confusion.
"...obvious that they are held in complete contempt by them."
Reading 'they' as I had when commenting earlier, I had taken its meaning to be the latter, or liberals - that the liberals were confused because the rural people hated them, while the liberals hated the rural people.
Or you could have meant that the rural white folk are so contemptuous of liberals, that it should be obvious to the liberals that they are so hated by the rural white folk that they, the liberals shouldn't even wonder why that is.
Oh, before I forget... this, "Relationships go both ways."
That's another thing I forgot to mention. Since the movie Deliverance, lots of liberals seem prefer living in metropolitan areas and have developed phobic delusions about areas beyond the streetlights. Where there be bugs. And the sources of horror fiction.
Take the town I live in. Something like 80% of the people are related. And our town has reflected dimwitted leadership for generations. Most of my neighbors never interact. I have a new neighbor who I've been building up the courage to go up and meet. He works for the FBI. I'd rather wait for him to come knocking than to go up and jump in his lap.
When I was a public figure in town, I socialized quite a bit and conducted many educational session relating important issues for our rural residents to be concerned with. I think I have a good sense of the barely beating pulse of the community.
I have indeed noted a disparity exists between "Flatlanders" and "Hill folk." These rural white people often play out their differences weekend evenings in one of our two twelve-miles apart bars.
Many of the rural white people I know keep their opinions to themselves unless specifically asked directly. Or until someone mentions the SAFE Act or gun control.
This is the makeup of my town:
Honestly Wrex, do you really think I could ever become interested in reading a book entitled "What's the Matter with Kansas?" Not a high priority of mine, Kansas.