I’ve always been wary  of any pronouncement that certain locales or certain populations are more representative of the “real America” than other locales or populations.


Such pronouncements often come from politicians trying to curry favor with the folks of a given area who already think of themselves as more genuinely American than the rest of us.


Consider the claim by Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign that small towns are”the real America” and the “pro-America areas of this great nation.” Palin’s divisive message was that the teeming masses in our big, cosmopolitan cities are somehow un-American on the whole....

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I’ve always been wary  of any pronouncement that certain locales or certain populations are more representative of the “real America” than other locales or populations.

Such pronouncements often come from politicians trying to curry favor with the folks of a given area who already think of themselves as more genuinely American than the rest of us.

Consider the claim by Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign that small towns are”the real America” and the “pro-America areas of this great nation.” Palin’s divisive message was that the teeming masses in our big, cosmopolitan cities are somehow un-American on the whole....

Read more