Saturday, May 22, 2010

the real america

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
On Topic: In the News - The Real America
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Personally, I've had about enough of being called Un-American. Yeah, so I'm moving to Scotland (in part because teabaggers and death threats against presidents and senators makes me sick) There are certainly 2 Americas. I don't argue with that. But I've had enough of hearing that my America isn't the "REAL America."
As though the sacrifices and priorities of New Yorkers and Washingtonians are less meaningful or less valuable than the sacrifices and priorities of Alaskans or Texans or Kansans (Kansas-ans ??).

It recalls my favorite New Yorker article of all time, which made me cry (again) several days after the 2004 election.

And, of course, the lovely Jon Stewart also noticed.

Indeed, there are 2 Americas. But the insistence that one is real and one is...what??...they never say...fake?? is not only preposterous, but  insulting.

Here in the big coastal cities, we have reason to fear for the immediate safety of our lives and our families—more reason, it must be said, than have the residents of the “heartland,” to which the per-capita bulk of “homeland security” resources, along with extra electoral votes, are distributed. It was deep-blue New York (which went three to one for Kerry) and deep-blue Washington, D.C. (nine to one Kerry), that were, and presumably remain, Al Qaeda’s targets of choice.

In the heartland, it is claimed, some view the coastal cities as faintly un-American. The terrorists do not agree. They see us as the very essence—the heart, if you like—of America. 


  1. I agree with you, Ryann. This is the kind of thing that makes me sick. Who is Palin, or anyone else for that matter, to decide who's a "Real American", and who's a "Fake American"? I'm the daughter of a Cuban immigrant, I live in a big city, and yet I feel just as American as anyone else! I think Real America is where everyone can live together in harmony, despite religious or political beliefs, gender, ethnicity, and sexual origin.


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