Are we peons to the elite?
Or are we ‘flyover country’ and only deserve to be denigrated and ignored by our ‘betters’ on the coasts?
We do pickup trucks, boots, and cowboy hats. And we know about oil, cows, and how to raise, butcher, and cook things. And we don’t think the stuff in grocery stores comes from trucks…
Most of us have travelled, not necessarily by choice, since a simple trip to the store can be 20 miles or more, not down the block to the bodega. A lot of us have also served in the military, or were ‘military adjacent’, e.g. military kids/family.
And yes, most of us believe in God, guns, and country. We don’t care about the color of a person’s skin either. It’s what they are inside that counts for us (that military thing again).
We want our children to be educated, to know readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmatic, and civics too! But we also appreciate those who work in the service side of things, as most of us, at one time or another, have been one of those people.
We value family, and the ‘family’ we choose to associate with. We will help folks at the drop of a hat, knowing that there, but for the grace of God, go us.
And we try to live within our means, although as inflation hits, that becomes harder to do each month. Either that, or I’ve grown so strong I can carry $100 worth of groceries with two fingers (well, it WAS only two bags…sigh).
Given the choice, we always prefer to laugh, not cry, and prefer to live our lives quietly, with dignity, and left in peace.
But if we don’t have that option, we do have other capabilities…
Thank you for attending my TED talk…