Ah, yes. It's time for "Blame the Red Staters!" They're a bunch of ignorant fuckers who don't know what they really need. It's not because, say, the Democrats had no way of appealing to the Red States, other than "You're unemployed, and the unemployed always vote for the Democrats, so let's keep that going, shall we?" Kerry had a plan for family farms, but never once discussed it during the debates. If you don't talk to these people, why would you expect them to vote for you?
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Fuck the Red States? Fuck the Blue States. Fuck you, Jane Smiley, and Janet Sullivan, and Bill Maher who completely overreacted to some criticism by a man who knew what he was talking about, and to the bloggers and commentators who have never once lived in a Red State, have maybe flown over a couple, but suddenly knew just what these people think and believe, and it's all Jesus, all the time. This is not how we win. You're just wasting our time.
I have to admit, the notion of Jessa Crispin of Bookslut being upset by the arrogance of anyone is a situation so rich with irony that I don't dare to contemplate it for a prolonged period of time.
For someone who started out in Kansas (Red State), moved to Texas (Red State), and has ended up in Illinois (Blue State), I find it hard to get her point. If Red States aren't bad, then why did she leave? Hell, her posts about Texas in the days before she headed north make it sound like she couldn't get out of there fast enough. Her blog entry review of Thomas Frank's "What's the Matter with Kansas?" includes the line, "We would just like to make a statement. 'We're not all that bad.'" She then goes on to say that Kansas is full of enlightened people, like the doctor who runs the abortion clinic that was firebombed who, despite being shot at in an assassination attempt, still showed up for work the next day.
OK, Jessa, let me explain what it is about that that horrifies those of us born and raised and currently residing in Blue States: HE WAS SHOT AT! Sure, people get shot at in Blue States, but usually not for participating in legal activities.
Lead by example. Move back and show us how its done. Otherwise shut up and accept that it was bad enough to make you want to leave.