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An Enlightened Liberal?
« on: September 25, 2017, 07:23:58 PM »
LOL... Too funny, but sooo true.



I used to say I’d never move to a red state. And then I did. And it’s changed my life for the better.

In July 2016, I moved from San Diego to Terre Haute when my husband received a job opportunity at a local university. At 41-years-old — at midlife — I moved from the blue, liberal left coast bubble to a rural, a Midwest, Rust Belt red state.

I was raised in California, where we like to believe diversity is applauded and opportunities abound. In many ways, California’s blue state bubble can be a very safe place to live if you subscribe to the popular liberal politics.

Over and over, I was questioned about why I would ever leave the Golden State for a “flyover” red state. This phrase alone troubled me, and the implied perception that one flies over the Midwest just to get to their East or West coast home.

As I settled into life in the Midwest, I heard the same assumptive questions: “Did everyone you know vote for Donald Trump?" "Are there African-American, Jewish, Asian, LGBTQ people in Indiana?" "Do people make fun of you for listening to National Public Radio?”

Never does one ask about Indiana’s history as a blue state (Indiana cast its electoral votes blue for President Barack Obama in 2008). Never does one ask how the Indiana public schools provide many opportunities that have been cut from California’s public schools because of one budget crisis after another. Never does one ask about the low cost of living that is allowing us to pay off the mountain of debt we accrued in California. And never does one ask about my fellow community members, who are running successful businesses, enriching the city's arts and making a difference for the local environment.

As I got to know my new Midwest home, I realize how living in a bubble and subscribing to the Middle America stereotypes is truly damaging to this country.


While it is true there are far fewer African-Americans living in Terre Haute than San Diego, that doesn’t mean the city is a bastion of racism either. In fact, very few people know the Lost Creek community in Terre Haute was a stop on the Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves enter the free state of Indiana before the Civil War. The diversity may not be as evident, but the city has a history of activism.

In Terre Haute, I witness a different kind of diversity: economic diversity. Here, 37 percent of residents are living below the poverty level (compared to 19 percent in all of Indiana). Nearly 54 percent of the students attending Vigo County public schools in Terre Haute receive free/reduced price meals. That means half the students and their families earn the equivalent or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.

In Terre Haute, I witness a different kind of diversity: economic diversity. Here, 27% of residents are living below the poverty level (compared to 14% in all of Indiana). And 57% of the students attending Vigo County public schools in Terre Haute receive free or reduced price meals, meaning their families earn the equivalent or below 185% of the federal poverty level.

Southern California is diverse racially and religiously; it really is not with respect to class or working poor. This is especially the case in San Diego County, where it’s becoming more difficult for middle-class families to own a home or afford rent, with 41 percent of homeowners and 57 percent of renters spending 30 percent or more of income on housing, all while incomes stay stagnant, according to the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

I’ve come to realize that my votes and actions can have a deeper impact away from the sea of blue where I previously lived. During the 2016 presidential election, so many California voters who didn’t like candidates Hillary Clinton or Trump chose not to vote at all, stating their vote won’t matter since California will certainly cast its electoral votes for Clinton. Here in Vigo County, where the difference between the candidates was only 6,002 votes, my vote does have an impact.

So many people travel frequently to Bali, Europe and exotic places across the globe to be well-cultured. Yet, how many of these people travel within their own country to get to know the “other?” Why travel the globe, but not make an effort to get to know your Midwest neighbor?

We ask politicians to reach across the aisle and work with their constituents. But are we doing the same and reaching out to our neighbors? If that’s our expectation for our leaders, why aren’t we doing the same as citizens?

To be sure, there are plenty of individuals living in the Midwest that would also benefit from getting to know their coastal neighbors. The bubbles do not just exist on the East and West coasts. And I’m certainly not suggesting that life in California is terrible, or living in the Midwest is the answer for everyone.

It’s easy to condemn people we don’t know on social media. It’s harder to take the time to step out of our own bubbles and understand each other.

Living in Indiana, I now have an understanding of America that I did not before. I wish more people living outside the middle took the time to get to know the others living a few states away. I did, and I am a better person because of it.

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Re: An Enlightened Liberal?
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 07:27:42 PM »
I read this the other day. I was impressed at first, but then I got to the part where she celebrated how her vote would count more in rural Indiana than it would in drenched-blue California. Too many times, I'm hearing about blue-state expatriates polluting new states with their crap.
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Re: An Enlightened Liberal?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 07:45:36 PM »
I read this the other day. I was impressed at first, but then I got to the part where she celebrated how her vote would count more in rural Indiana than it would in drenched-blue California. Too many times, I'm hearing about blue-state expatriates polluting new states with their crap.
That's exactly how they destroyed Ca in the first place. They claim they've been enlightened, then go about the process of pushing their liberal agenda.
Even here in Ca, where the coastline is a leftist bubble, we get lib transplants moving into Conservative bastions in the mountains, claim how wonderful it is, then go about the process of destroying it.
"We need street lights on the roads, we want bike paths and sidewalks, we need to widen the roads and pave the dirt so it doesn't wash into the creeks".
My idiot neighbor actually said, "We need a Starbucks in town". I said, so open one. She had that deer in the headlights look, as if to say, "isn't that govts job"?
I really don't think she knew how one starts a business, or that it somehow didn't involve govt.

I swear, they want it all, yet haven't a clue as to the process, or what it actually entails. Like doing a survey to see if the area even wants it, let alone make it.
Oh, and they were the first to bitch when the County increased our taxes for the schools.
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Re: An Enlightened Liberal?
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 08:01:34 PM »
I read this the other day. I was impressed at first, but then I got to the part where she celebrated how her vote would count more in rural Indiana than it would in drenched-blue California. Too many times, I'm hearing about blue-state expatriates polluting new states with their crap.

What's funny is Terre Haute is pretty blue....

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Re: An Enlightened Liberal?
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 08:12:31 PM »
What's funny is Terre Haute is pretty blue....
I was just thinking that. Here we have a pure lib out of her element as a "Bubble Dweller"TM, in what amounts to, a pretty much a liberal area, or typical big city which on average is full of libs.
The fact that she considers it conservative, tells you just how out of touch these libs are with the rest of America.

Still, I can feel the seething distaste in her tone, of 'how quaint' the midwest is, how she still holds herself to a higher standard over you hick Midwesterners.
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 08:14:19 PM »
I was just thinking that. Here we have a pure lib out of her element as a "Bubble Dweller"TM, in what amounts to, a pretty much a liberal area, or typical big city which on average is full of libs.
The fact that she considers it conservative, tells you just how out of touch these libs are with the rest of America.

Still, I can feel the seething distaste in her tone, of 'how quaint' the midwest is, how she still holds herself to a higher standard over you hick Midwesterners.

It's like I always say... libs in red states, like libs in Austin, for example, would scream bloody murder if they had to deal with real deep lib Marxism, like in San Fran.

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Re: An Enlightened Liberal?
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2017, 08:17:01 PM »
It's like I always say... libs in red states, like libs in Austin, for example, would scream bloody murder if they had to deal with real deep lib Marxism, like in San Fran.
That's it exactly!!! There are so many levels of extreme idiocy on the left, so much so, that most couldn't live in an actual Blue area of the country.
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2017, 08:23:30 PM »
That's it exactly!!! There are so many levels of extreme idiocy on the left, so much so, that most couldn't live in an actual Blue area of the country.

It would be like those teenage girls that ran away from home to join the Taliban....  They don't realize how good they have it until it's too  late.

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Re: An Enlightened Liberal?
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2017, 08:26:26 PM »
It would be like those teenage girls that ran away from home to join the Taliban....  They don't realize how good they have it until it's too  late.
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Re: An Enlightened Liberal?
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2017, 08:53:02 PM »
What's funny is Terre Haute is pretty blue....

Terre Haute is blue? Vigo County went for Trump by 15 points last year.

http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president/indiana/
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Re: An Enlightened Liberal?
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2017, 05:24:15 AM »
Exactly!
You'll find this interesting. I'm gonna look up Ca next, this should be extremely interesting. :biggrin:

https://www.roadsnacks.net/worst-places-to-live-in-indiana/
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