Culture War
Many from both the right and the left bemoan the state of the American culture today. Whether it is the lack of positive images in TV, movies, music, politicians, sports figures, police in schools and more, freedom and morality are discussed as being in conflict with each other. Benjamin Franklin once wrote on the subject: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need for masters." This should ring true to you today as we debate not only our eroding culture, but the role of government in our lives. Are culture and the need for more government control more connected than we realize?

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As the controversial song says, 'Don't Try That In A Small town'!

Dana Milbank, a far-left writer for the far-left Washington Post, wrote an article Friday (The country has come apart. Rural America has a cure.) about his experience after buying an old farm in rural Virginia. While I never agree with any political or national position taken by Mr. Milbank, he has discovered something very real and valuable as a result of his departure from 'the big city' of Washington D.C., and it is a very worthwhile read.

Mr. Milbank discusses local newspapers, vs big city newspapers; local news vs national news; community in local areas, vs polarization nationally. He observes regular people going about real life, discussing mundane activities in the local area, and mostly ignoring political differences (57% Trump voters).

For those who don't know, Virginia is predominately a red state. The state color voting map shows Northern Virginia (DC area), Richmond & the greater Norfolk area (the big cities in the state) as bastions of blue voters. Everywhere else is overwhelmingly red. Not unlike every other state in the country.

So why would a Trump-hating, city progressive move to a rural Trump area? - Escaping, as so many are, the violence, crime and nonsense of the city, maybe? - Looking for real life, maybe? - Looking for real people, maybe? - Surprised, but seemingly enjoying it, maybe?

Beware, this is happening everywhere. And, the question locals ask, or demand, is 'don't bring your failed politics here'! How you voted that destroyed your city or state, that you are trying to escape, you should leave there when you come here for safety, real life & community.

Unfortunately, my guess is that Mr. Milbank will continue to vote the same way in Rappahannock County.

Unrelated update regarding local newspapers, 8/14/23. Apparently even local newspapers are not off limits to 'gestapo tactics' from law enforcement. A Kansas newspaper, the Marion County Record, was raided by police, questions mount!

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