The Real Divide
From Cracked today, an interesting and instructive article that confirms much of what I have come to believe.
This is something that I have come to understand through my study on the ratification of the Constitution. The “real” divide in this nation isn’t rich v poor, left v right, black v white. It never has been.
It has ALWAYS been Country v City.
Even in 1788, the South Carolina State Legislature felt that they needed to “explain” the proposed Constitution to the “Country” folk, or else they would vote against ratification.
The key to really understanding this is to know that it is not about intelligence. Although it’s easy to get the impression that City folk consider Country folk to be dumb old bumpkins. Deep down, they know better, but when playing the man and not the ball, it pays to make base assumptions about the other side and then stick to those generalities, alá Bill Clinton and his “rednecks” or even Hillary and her “basket of deplorables.”
It’s just the City Elite way of saying, “those stupid people who disagree with me because they aren’t smart enough to understand.”
But keep in mind one simple fact – the Bill of Rights was put into place because of the demands of the Country folk. People who didn’t like or trust the political elites and their new-fangled Constitution. They were willing to work with it, but only if some rather remarkable and proper changes were made.
In today’s world, how often are the City Elites willing to accept those changes to protect what matters to the Country folks? Or is the attitude of today even more one of “We’ll make them understand?” Or even, as happened in 1788, just making sure that the political process ignores or bypasses those who don’t agree with the City Political Elites?
Remember as you read the article, it is written from the City Elite perspective. The author grasps the difference between the two, but is outright dismissive of the Country mindset.
You know, the mindset that produced the Bill of Rights… #thinkaboutit
Posted on October 14, 2016, in 1st Amendment, 2016 Presidential, 2nd Amendment, 4th Amendment, 6th Amendment, American, Constitution, Donald Trump, Elections, History, Ratification and tagged 2016, Bill of Rights, Divide, Trump. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.