December 13, 2016

A DEMOCRAT’S LAMENT: America is held hostage by flyover states.

The predominant narrative coming out of the 2016 Presidential post-election analysis is: The flyover states have spoken.

A flyover state is the huge region between the coasts. As opposed to the eastern seaboard, northern post-industrial states and Pacific Ocean states. They’re overwhelmingly Republican, stanchly conservative, regressive right wing, evangelical Christian and working class, well, the loudest, most ill-informed of them are. The term wasn’t commonly used in a political manner until recently with the emergence of the Tea-Party and the election of Obama.

A visit to Wichita, Kansas isn’t on the bucket list of many Americans. Whereas most travelers fly over Fayetteville, Arkansas and Springfield, Missouri. They’re not destination spots. The flyover state gripe has nothing to do with the tourist industry of Oklahoma or Nebraska or Iowa. This is about their perceived feelings of abandonment and disrespect from their government.

You know, if the federal government had less power, they couldn’t hold you “hostage” by winning elections. But you wanted the federal government to have a lot of power, so you could really lord it over those rubes in flyover country.

Well:

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