One of the major splits in the current American society is between the cities and the rural areas. This is obvious when you look at the latest election map. There are vast geographical areas of red with blue concentrations spread out around the country. Obviously the blue dots are concentrated around the cities and large towns while the red is mainly sparsely populated areas.
I am not really sure what the “red” folks hope to achieve with their selection of an extreme narcissist billionaire as president? Maybe it has something to do with one of the below categories?
Abandoned small towns — I have literally traveled thousands of mile on local and State highways in this country. For the most part they are littered with thousands of abandoned small towns. They were once enclaves for the people of the surrounding area but as the farming populations naturally decreased they lost their purpose. All that remains in many of them is a local post office.
I’m really not sure what they think can revive them. I guess “making America great again” means putting things back to where they were 50 years ago. Surely they must realize that that is impossible unless you somehow demand the farm corporations who do most of the farming to use manual labor instead of automated stuff. Even tractor will soon be self-driving with satellite control.
Metropolitan areas get all the attention — Most of the attention and dollars go to sustaining the big population areas. People in the rural areas just feel neglected and sometimes with good purpose. A personal example is Internet services in my area. I continue to struggle with 1 -2 mps Internet speeds while my metropolitan neighbors get speed 20 time faster and for less than half the money than I pay. There is no cable TV or other viable competition for AT&T to force improvements. I feel neglected… but I don’t see Mr. Trump is very concerned about that.
The pace of life is just too fast — How is Mr. Trump going to solve that? Maybe make an hour 90 minutes instead of 60? If you want a slow pace of life then you can by all means have it. Just don’t move too fast… But don’t force the rest of us to go by your timeframe.
Intellectuals control the country — Intellectuals have been a primary target of less educated populations forever. But surely my hinterland neighbors know that this is a complicated world we live in and it takes people with intellect and wisdom to manage it. I love the quote below by Isaac Asimov:
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’
For the most part I image that intellectuals did not vote for Mr. Trump to take control of the world. They were knowledgable enough to know that just because he turn a few million dollars given to him by his father into a few billion (at least by his own account) by having dictatorial control over a family owned business does not mean that he is up to the task of being the leader of the free world.
It will be interesting to see what becomes of the Trump administration as it slodges through the management of a country of over 300 million diverse people. I just don’t buy into the “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge”.
I don’t know maybe none of my guesses are what made the hinterland so outrageously vote an extreme narcissist for their leader??? It just makes no sense to me…