Powell Questions Palin’s Worldview

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Palin, Powell, Smart Things Said By Smart People, Video

Following up on the previous post…here’s the video of Powell questioning Palin’s wisdom when she talked about “small town values.”



I always thought that the whole “Real America” talk was remarkably dumb because it alienated more voters than it drew in…and I’m glad to see that Powell shares that view.

What’s more, the GOP often romanticizes the small town as if it was some utopia away from the troubles of their big, bad dysfunctional urban counterparts. And yet if you’ve been to small town America lately, nearly every single person living there is reliant on the government because our agricultural backbone is heavily subsidized. Apparently that irony is lost on folks like Palin.

And as far as dysfunctional goes, well, that’s a human condition and it runs rampant in both places. I used to go hunting with my grandfather in northern Missouri near Brookfield and Kirksville and you would not believe the conditions some people live in. It’s tragic actually. But I’ve been there, I’ve seen it with my own eyes and, like Powell said, the GOP needs to wake up and start realizing that instead of portraying America in a completely unrealistic light.

Moving on…


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3 Responses to “Powell Questions Palin’s Worldview”

  1. Allan Hughes Says:

    I moved from a large city in the South to a much smaller city in a neigboring state; the amount of alcohol and drug abuse was stagering; it appeared as almost everyone I knew had a family member or close relative that was a meth addict.

    There are certainly good things about small towns but as a permanent place to live and raise children, they leave much to be desired.

  2. blackoutyears Says:

    Wait…Palin has a worldview?

  3. Paula Says:

    Whoa!! I WOULD believe how people live here — because I am one of them. Kirksville, Missouri, is the home of the statewide highly selective liberal arts university (Truman State University), the home of the first college of osteopathic medicine (A.T. Still University), which is still training doctors, the home of a highly rated elementary and secondary school. A successfuly California DNA lab just relocated here because of the facilities offered by both universities to work with them. A number of famous people grew up in and around the area you mention–people like Walt Disney, J. C. Penny, Geraldine Page, Sara Teasdale, T. S. Eliot. We boast one of the best Missouri Conservation offices in the state, a wonderful year-round state park, and of course, good hunting. We are far, far from “backwoods.” Of course, if you were hunting you didn’t see much of anything except backwoods, did you? You might want to visit the websites of Kirksville, Truman State University, and A.T. Still University.

    I did not grow up here. I grew up near Detroit, Michigan, years ago — when it was a “big city.” Living in Kirksville is far superior: clean air, clean and tasty water, low crime, friendly and caring neighbors. Everything good that a small town (17,000 people) can be!

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