If only hillbillies voted Bush, I?m an Orthodox Jewish hillbilly who plays violin, listens to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, graduated from UCLA, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts while pursuing a degree in law from the Harvard Law School. Just like the vast majority of us hillbilly Bush voters, I believe in an active God, and I?m a fan of the National Rifle Association. I love the police and the military, and I hate criminals and ?freedom fighters.? I?m a supporter of traditional marriage, and I like paying less taxes and giving more charity. I?m a vocal opponent of affirmative action, but an active proponent of equal opportunity. I listen to talk radio and watch Fox News. I don?t subscribe to the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Time or Newsweek. And I surely don?t watch CNN.
And just like the vast majority of us hillbilly Bush voters, I?m not a racist or a homophobe. I?m not one of the idiot white supremacists from American History X, inaccurately portrayed as Republicans who utter the n-word a good deal. I don?t say ain?t, I shower every day, and I date exclusively outside my family tree.
Maybe we aren?t as ?nuanced? as some of the ?big city? liberals, but that?s because we believe in the ideas of good and evil. Perhaps we?re hard line, but that?s because we don?t believe in mushing all politics into a gelatinous mass of root causes so as to provide an excuse for not solving anything. Perhaps we?re old-fashioned, but we like our morality old-fashioned.
It?s easier for liberals to shun or patronize us than to try and fathom such simple-minded folk as we. It?s easier to label us all ?morons? who love Bush because we hate gays. It?s certainly more pleasant to pretend that liberal voters are more well-informed and inherently intelligent than conservative voters, rather than facing up to the fact that this country thrives because of the conservative heartland.
It?s all right. Let the left continue to write us off as stupid, as dummies who vote out of fear and hatred, rather than out of values and principles. They fear what they can?t understand. And as long as they refuse to understand, they?ll continue to lose.