Mary Mancini is a bitter, bitter, and hopelessly bitter person. The Bitterness burns. She’s bound-up in bitterness, she is, in fact, bitter-fied. I think it rather self-less of her to take the burden of Bitter from small town America, and hoist atop her own shoulders.
She obviously fell through the cracks of the Bush Admin, left behind to cling to her notions of Constitutional protections, while the rest of us invested in oil futures and For Profit prisons. She stubbornly votes for and promotes leaders that expect more from America and Americans, rather than exalt in our mediocrity. She obviously isn’t us, right, Rural America?
I’m cruising around the tubes this morning, after enduring a Sunday morning listening to one clueless pundit after another interpret Obama’s true meaning. As is the truth is not self-explanatory. The Right Wing bloggers are just convinced this is “a game changer”, that they have finally been handed the ammo they need to bring down this uppity elitist. They are clamoring to portray him as another John Kerry, who they often conveniently forget came within a few Ohio counties of becoming POTUS.
I happen to know a little about Rural America, though I’ll admit to being born near Los Angeles. But, i have lived in the rural South for almost 15 years. Both politicians and The Press like to use the term “Hard-working Americans” when describing rural America. Its as if city dwellers and suburbanites don’t know anything about hard work. Yes, there was a time when rural America fed this great Nation. Farming is indeed hard work. Hardly anyone farms anymore. Working in a Steel Mill is hard work, but those jobs have been gone for quite some time. Chances are, in all but the most remote rural areas of any state, work looks pretty much the same from Coast to Coast. I live in a farming community, and the young working families here do mostly service related jobs. Even work that has traditionally been back-breaking labor has been made much easier by improvements in machinery. For instance, I can mow 70 acres in a single afternoon. I can attach implements of every kind to my tractor and do in one day what took weeks for the generation before me.
So, this idea that rural America is somehow real America is mostly clung to by those who wish to exploit it. The belief that rural “values” are better than metropolitan values is widespread, but I’m keen to understand why. I kinda think promoting that belief belies a fundamental ignorance of rural America. If you had lived the experience, you wouldn’t find it all that promotable. The young people that can leave do so. Those that cannot, can and do become bitter.
Not all them, of course. Obama did not say that the entirety that is rural America, or, if you prefer, small town America is hopelessly clinging to God, guns, or antipathy. Just the part of it that doesn’t see the threats that skirting the Constitution, or waging an oppressive occupation abroad actually present.
I still think Ms. Mancini is awful bitter.