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Short version: in both countries, the South is an economically depressed, largely agricultural region that the industrialized, liberal North can use as a scapegoat for the problems of poverty, racism, xenophobia, and so on (i.e. if you blame everything on those backwards rednecks/terroni, then no one will notice the root cause of those problems inherent to the system)
And do you ever wonder why republicans are only concerned with folks in the “inner cities” AKA black folks? Why no mention of poor folks in rural places in states like West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee? Could it be because these poor white people vote republican and you need them (and others) to view those inner city people as being bad? Why demean one group of poor people and give the other group of poor people a pass? Is it because one group of poor people should be blamed for their condition but the other should not? Why cut food stamps and other programs that you think will help poor folks in the inner cities, but throw all kind of farm subsidies to rural poor folks?
You want to know why most folk musicians are leftists? It’s because leftists were the only ones who cared enough to try to preserve folk music in the first place.
The folk revival of the 1960s is a direct result of the work done by people like Charles Seeger (Pete’s father) and John Lomax (Alan’s father), among others, as part of various WPA programs (Federal Writers Project, Federal Musicians Project, and so on) enacted during the New Deal.
So, yeah, if you’re a fan of folk music, you damn well better be a leftist. Otherwise you’re just an ungrateful little shit.
Friend, your Facebook posts have been particularly enlightening lately and have caused me to reconsider my previously held beliefs. Your keen insight has brought up some interesting theological and philosophical points which I hadn’t previously considered. Thank you so much for your help in fostering my spiritual and intellectual growth. If it is all right with you, I would very much like to continue this conversation in greater depth in the future.
SB 2566 IS DEAD IN COMMITTEE UNTIL NEXT YEAR!
Thank the Lord. Now we need to ensure that this doesn’t come back again.
Fixing the education system is complicated! You can’t just throw a bunch of money at the problem and guarantee kids will get a quality education!