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    dissonance that seems to reign supreme in the heartland, yet no one has really provided an analysis as to why this has happened.  My theory: That the proliferation of electronic media of all types, radio, TV, internet, and the corporate bias of certain of those media (Right Wing talk radio, corporate country music, etc.) has fostered the development of an oppressed white majority that has seen its standard of living erode because of the power of minority empowerment, feminist achievements, the coercive power of big government, and secretive federal agencies that want to take guns away from the armed yeomen of the heartland.  This is a powerful mythology that can be traced back to the "Lost Cause" of the Confederacy and the Nullification Crisis of 1832 that features an oppressive Federal presence, and now that we have a black President, that oppression of the "noble white minority" is even more enhanced.  It is sort of a legacy of racism and the potential of the media to sell that myth that the people interviewed for that article can be persuaded to vote against their own interests in support of a myth that doesn't exist.  It seems no accident that the most religious among us are now the most conservative since belief in myth over reality seems to be their strong suit.  

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Mon Feb 13, 2012 at 10:11:35 AM PST

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