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  •  The Republican message is comprised of (1+ / 0-)
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    talking points such as "individualism," "independence," "freedom," "I built that," "pull yourself up by your bootstraps," and other such slogans of personal strength  that define the moral worth of individuals.  People who live in rural areas, far away from neighbors and supporting social structures, see such messages as reinforcing their concept of their own personal strengths.

    Democrats' talking points are "society," "community," "neighborhood," "we're all in this together," "we all have a stake in our success," "mutual support," "collectivism," and other such messages of interdependence and a shared vision of progressivism.

    Rural residents live in areas with little proximity to neighbors and by definition must be more self-sufficient; urban dwellers live in tighter proximity to their neighbors and easier access to neighborhood support such as stores, shops, communal entertainment, a sharing atmosphere.

    It's no surprise, then, that rural and urban populations respond to different signals.  It is the consummate statesman who can bring these two perspectives together to appreciate the differences as well as similarities among us.  What we have now are politicians and pundits whose success depends on pointing out and  reinforcing only the differences.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 10:21:40 AM PST

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