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Pillbilly Elegy


Over the years rural Americans, particularly those in Appalachia, have been the subject of condescension and outright hatred by the liberal left. Bill Maher’s rant that most of Middle America is populated by “pillbilly” drug addicts is just the latest example.
Now that Maher and his hate-filled vitriolic followers attribute President Trump’s election to us, this type of ignorance is only going to get worse.  We have to realize that we will never be equals in their eyes, and seeking approval or acceptance from them is a waste of time.  We need to be confident enough in our own values and culture to tell them that it doesn’t matter what they say.  Technology allows us to tell our own story.  But we have to get our own house in order first.
People from rural America who have bought into a value system that holds our culture in contempt need to realize that the liberal political class will never fully accept them as equals. In their eyes, a person can never erase where they come from. Appalachian liberals will always be house hillbillies wearing stylish clothes. If you fall into that part of the political spectrum, and are from Appalachia, please know that no matter what you do the Maher’s of the world will always loath you.
A Middle American liberal will never be able to out liberal a coastal liberal.  They shouldn’t even try.  But even attempting it accepts a stereotype that says everyone else around you is ignorant and backwards.
A core Averagist value is that most Americans, regardless of their politics, believe in many of the same basic principles. Obviously, Bill Maher is an exception to that rule.

By |2017-01-23T02:11:04+00:00January 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Pillbilly Elegy

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Zac Northup is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of StandWatch.org. Zac served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard between 1992 and 2000, leaving the service as a captain. In 1996, he started his own publishing and consulting firm where he interviewed high-profile individuals including members of the joint chiefs of staff, service secretaries, elected officials, and soldiers in Bosnia, Honduras, and other locations. As a consultant, he worked for Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, 3M, and dozens of small firms that ranged from start-ups to multimillion dollar firms. He has proven experience taking a concept and growing it into a thriving business.