okay, my mom doesn't hate me, per se, but she lives in kansas and voted for dubya on tuesday. i live in the east; i drink soy lattes; i read the new york times; i eat sushi; i am an "evil" college professor -- i am a liberal -- almost stereotypical, at that.<br><br>i grew up in small town kansas. i lived in kansas for almost 30 years. i attended church regularly as a child. i hunted and fished and still love fishing. i've experienced a nascar weekend at the races. my upbringing was not unlike that of most people in the rural areas of the red states.<br><br>i visit my parents a few times a year. i see old friends in kansas and we hang out without missing much of a beat. i visit my wife's parents in illinois almost once a month. i am there to help plant and harvest the corn and soybeans. <br><br>i care about the small family farms and want to see the farms turn a profit instead of running into deficit year after year. i care about people in my hometown and want to see those families get some tax relief. i care about controlling deficits and not passing them on to the children in red and blue states.<br><br>if the media is liberal, then how was i vilified? how did i become the enemy?<br><p><p><br><font size="-2">NOTE: sam, there's more than a few softballs in this post for you. </font><br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
probably:<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Were it not for our need to live with one another, we could allow our drives free play and not be neurotic.<p><hr></blockquote><p>or perhaps with regard to the power of the vote:<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>necessary to the preservation of a society because people have innate aggressive, incestuous, and cannibalistic tendencies and won't work unless coerced. Freud regarded the conflict between person and culture to be, at bottom, unresolvable; at best, society's dictates and codes become internalized into a superego that acts as an internal agent of society.<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
my mom loves starbucks when she's here and buys extra bags of the stuff to take home. honestly, i am an iced tea guy with no sugar. i probably buy one soy latte a month, so it's not like a morning ritual for me. it's just what i order if everyone is going. there's a starbucks in my grocery store, so i'll sometimes buy one if i am doing some heavy duty shopping. <br><br>and, my mom doesn't hate me darn it! this was more of a response to that ad that some conservative group bought to tear down howard dean in iowa (latte drinking, volvo driving, new york times reading . . .) -- the ad was purchased because people are perceived to hate those things and the ad reinforces it. why are those things so much more important than the economy?<br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
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