Let’s Stop Chasing Chimeras

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This week, a  New York Times opinion piece provided yet another exploration of “Why Rural America Voted for Trump.”  Of course, white, rural Americans has been voting Republican ever since Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, but, sure, let’s pretend that, this election, their pattern is somehow mystifying.   The author recounts:

Knoxville, Iowa — One recent morning, I sat near two young men at a coffee shop here whom I’ve known since they were little boys.* Now about 18, they pushed away from the table, and one said: “Let’s go to work. Let the liberals sleep in.” The other nodded.

They’re hard workers. As a kid, one washed dishes, took orders and swept the floor at a restaurant. Every summer, the other picked sweet corn by hand at dawn for a farm stand and for grocery stores, and then went to work all day on his parents’ farm…

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