Yesterday on Facebook a friend posted a meme about the Academy Awards and how she’s boycotting it. It’s not like the Academy Awards will suffer from the loss of my friend’s TV. They won’t know; she lives in a tiny town — tinier than my town — in the back of beyond. The boycott is because Hollywood is just a bunch of rich people patting each other on the back for being rich. I don’t have any use for the Academy Awards, either, but only because it’s boring and I’m not up with Hollywood movies and have not been for decades, like EVER.
The meme also referred to the group of people who support the meme as “the deplorables in the fly-over zone.”
If you insult people, they will not vote for you. Simple. Maybe some of the Trump supporters at the rallies and so on ARE deplorable; I definitely thought some of the stuff that came of of Trump’s mouth was deplorable, frightening and crude. I hated the way his behavior ensured that the issues of this country would not be addressed in a debate (and they’re not being addressed now) but when HRC called his supporters “Deplorables,” I was honestly shocked.
She turned an entire class of hard-working, independent minded people who live on ranches and farms and in small towns into something they are not. Classing the best with the worst, she dehumanized an entire contingent of people who help their neighbor, supporting the values of respect, kindness and generosity.
I happen to have a friend who was in politics — very successfully — for a long time. When I asked her if she’d ever been to Monte Vista she replied, “Well, yeah, when I was campaigning.” There were two messages in that response for me. One, get the votes. Two, the only thing the people in the back of beyond are good for are their votes. She was running on the Repub ticket, so there was really no numerical necessity to come down here and stump, but she did.
Trump also (with HRC’s help) established a culture of “victimhood” in the minds of the voters in the “Fly-over Zone.” “We’re ignored; poor us.” That is a strange development among a people who are notable for their rugged individualism and small government “we can take care of ourselves” attitude. “Poor us in the back of beyond, other people have caused our misery, build a wall on the Mexican border, keep out the Muslims,” feelings that certainly already existed but had not been so loudly articulated before Trump’s campaign and then validated by HRC’s “deplorables” remark. Where Trump attacked outsiders (Muslims, Mexicans) HRC attacked some of the best people in this country.
The irony is that places like the San Luis Valley — impoverished and not overburdened with opportunity — benefit greatly from the social welfare programs espoused by the “left.” We know it. During the pre-primary campaigning, there were many Bernie Sanders signs in yards, far more than Trump signs — ever.
I live in the back of beyond. I am in a “fly over zone.” People flying to California from the East are very likely to fly over my little town. Here’s what it looks like so if you happen to fly over, you’ll recognize it. Those circles are fields most likely for potatoes or barley, but also for safflower, carrots and hops. They are very, very beautiful when they are in bloom.
I will always wonder how things might have gone if HRC had not been so arrogant, so stupid.
If you’re curious about “Homelake” it’s a retirement home built in the late 19th century for civil water veterans. It’s where a friend of mine lives, a WW II veteran, a Jewish guy in his 90s from the east coast, who, back in the day, brought a bunch of New York Boy Scouts out here for a week camping trip in New Mexico and fell in love with the landscape and came here to stay. He’s one of the most amazing people I’ve met and he very publicly supported Hillary Clinton. So…when someone is “flying over” the “fly-over zone” they’re actually flying over a complex world of people with rich individual histories, not a “basket” of anything.