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Rural America supporting Trump

An article in todays NYT titled "Why Rural America Voted for Trump" has this line about voters in rural Iowa:

They are conservative, believe in hard work, family, the military and cops, and they know that abortion and socialism are evil, that Jesus Christ is our savior, and that Donald J. Trump will be good for America.

There was also a Baptist minister saying that "The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans believe people are fundamentally bad, while Democrats see people as fundamentally good.' Said the minister: "We are born bad,” and he added that children did not need to be taught to behave badly — they are born knowing how to do that.

If people think they have been born bad while wanting to do right, I would think they would put great value on questioning themselves. Have they been good at self examination or in examining Trump?

The Baptist minister said: “We teach them how to be good." This is more about authority – the teacher – than it is about questioning. He added, "We become good by being reborn — born again.”

One comment in response to the article complains with sarcasm about the lack of wisdom gather by conservatives described in the article. ":

Liberals don't work or strive – only you do. How stupid. Rural conservative voters went ahead and elected a man from the biggest city in the US, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, a man who has never done a single day of hard work in his life, totally amoral and irreligious, - in short, someone with whom they have nothing in common - and expect that he is going to be there for them.

Someone else addressed the article's description of rural roads and services as bad or non-existent. He writes:

That doesn't happen because blue counties and towns are liberal. As others have noted prior, vote for someone who will fix the problems for the state. If you keep electing conservative, anti tax, budget scolds you'll never get the service you need. Look at Kansas


 

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