One consensus emerging from the election of 2016 is that a major factor in the election of Donald Trump was that insular political and media operatives living in New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles have become so out-of-touch with voters in the rest of America that the voters have repudiated them. Hillary lost because the Democrat priorities of Climate Change, transgender bathrooms, gun control, and mass immigration are completely disconnected from the concerns of voters in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin and that is why Newsweek had to recall the entire press run of its “Madam President” issue.
But then, one hispter urban liberal, a certain Patrick Thornton who works as “Director of User Experience” for Roll Call’swebsite, defends the coastal urban bubble, declaring, “We urban coastal elites are awesome, it’s those hicks in the provinces that need to be more like us.”
I’m going to cut to the chase because the guy is a flaming twit. The crux of his argument is that urban coastal elites are better (“more American”) than people in flyover country (which he says is a wonderful place to visit, and he always tells his hip urban friends that all the time, but it’s just not, you know, a cool place to live because the people are so stupid and backward) because they have friends from other races, cultures, and sexualities. And this … this… is what makes them better.
In many of these areas, the only Muslims you see are in movies like “American Sniper.” (I knew zero Muslims before going to college in another state.) You never see gay couples or even interracial ones. Much of rural and exurban American is a time capsule to America’s past.
The first gay person I knew personally was my college roommate — a great man who made me a better person. But that’s an experience I would have never had if I didn’t go to college and instead decided to live the rest of my life in my hometown.
More Americans need to see more of the United States. They need to shake hands with a Muslim, or talk soccer with a middle aged lesbian, or attend a lecture by a female business executive.
First of all, he makes the typical arrogant liberal assumption that only hip urban liberals have friends who “represent diversity.” But the really nasty part is he doesn’t see people as people. He, like a lot of other urban hipster liberals, sees them as cards in a game of Diversity Pokemon. “Look, I have a lesbian soccer mom, an interracial gay couple, an undocumented immigrant and… Oooh… this one is non-binary transgender person of color who uses non-standard pronouns, that makes xyr extra valuable.”
Ya gotta catch ‘em all, I guess.
I just can’t get on board with that mentality of looking at other people as trophies whose presence in my collection confirms my virtue and status; it’s kind of gross.
On a closing note, I am from the Midwest, I lived in the National Capital Region for twelve miserable years. People in that area fancy themselves more sophisticated, and more important than people anywhere else in the country. They are by and large horrid, arrogant, and obnoxious people and I happy as Hell that I don’t have to live there any more. Having a Pokemon collection filled with gays, foreigners and trannies doesn’t make you a better person. It just makes you an arrogant leftist twit with a Human Pokemon collection.