Pro-America Areas of the Country?

@Bd200789 (2994)
United States
October 21, 2008 5:15pm CST
Why are so many Republicans saying certain areas of the country are less patriotic than others? First Palin said she really enjoys visiting "Pro-America" areas of the country. Then another member of the McCain campaign said almost the same thing. "As a proud resident of Oakton, Va., I can tell you that the Democrats have just come in from the District of Columbia and moved into northern Virginia," McCain senior adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer said on MSNBC. "And that's really what you see there. But the rest of the state, real Virginia, if you will, I think will be very responsive to Sen. McCain's message." Just because I am not a Republican doesn't make me any less of an American than anyone else. We are ALL pro-America, and I am thoroughly sick of people saying I'm not.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I think they are dividing the country up. I think they are trying to say that Democrats are not patriotic more or less.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
21 Oct 08
Why do Dems call certain parts of the country "red necks"? I think that we have a different idea of what's best for America. For instance, Obama presented a bill called The Global Poverty Act where he wants to send 845 billion dollars overseas. I think we have enough of our own problems and should fix America first. Dems want to let all the illegal aliens into this country. Obama wants to give them driver's licenses. But I'm not sure what Palin meant by her statement.
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@Hatley (164389)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Oct 08
pisabird I am a democrat and I want the illegal aliens sent back to mexico, Democrats are people, good bad and indifferent just like republicans are people, good, bad and indifferent. I am not evil or do I call any one red necks, I hate this spitefulness on mylot dividing us all up into good people and bad according to our political beliefs what happend to respecting each other beliefs on mylot. We all want whatever is best for our country.Who knows what that idiot Palin meant, but I am so sick of hearing everyone running down the republicans and the democrats, arent they all made up of just plain people? What happened to self respect and respect of other people here? Is an issue so godawful important that you insult others you dont even know?
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@anniepa (27245)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I'm admit I'm not sure how the phrase came to be, I never thought "red neck" was originally, at least, intended to have any deep political meaning. Whatever the case, why can't be disagree and have different ideas about what's best for the country without implying some of us aren't really part of or don't love that country? Annie
@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
22 Oct 08
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search For other uses, see Redneck (disambiguation). Redneck refers to a stereotype of usually rural, Caucasian (i.e. white) people of lower socio-economic status in the United States and Canada. Originally limited to the Appalachians, and later the South, the Ozarks, the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, this stereotype is now widespread throughout North America. Southern comedian Jeff Foxworthy defines "redneck" as "a glorious lack of sophistication," stating "that we are all guilty of [it] at one time or another." Ithas nothing to do with political leanings.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I consider my area pro American but Sarah from the Frozen North hasn't shown her face in the Philadelphia suburbs. Actually, she wasn't very welcome in Philly when she came. People held up signs that said "Welcome to Philadelphia / Now Go Home". I think pro American is Sarah speak for Red State and Pennsylvania is about as Blue a State as can be found. LOL
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
21 Oct 08
Well, quite obviously I wouldn't show my face there either if the people are so rude! I shall now cross anything having to do with Philly off my bucket list. Although I think I did drive through part of Philadelphia once on my way to Canada. Pretty country.
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@ClarusVisum (2163)
• United States
22 Oct 08
"Why are so many Republicans saying certain areas of the country are less patriotic than others?" Because the "us vs. them" mentality is deeply sewn into conservative thought. The other guy is always 'the enemy'; it's never just someone you have a disagreement with. It's really pitiful when looked at on a large scale. Thankfully that sort of mentality is on its way out. I'm going to hope this election begins to herald the end of that black and white, simple-minded mentality.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I'm thinking that she's referring to small towns. I noticed that she was just in Ohio today she went to Findlay Ohio, AKA Flag City USA. They make US flags there. It's a much smaller city compared to Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland or Cincinnati. It's also a big Republican area.
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@anniepa (27245)
• United States
22 Oct 08
"It's also a big Republican area." Which is the key here; in Palinese, Republican areas are the "pro-American" areas, Democratic areas are not. Annie
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
22 Oct 08
"Palinese" LMAO
@ganderlot (352)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Comments such as someone or an area are not patriotic are very scary and cause division between all Americans who most of I believe are patriotic whether they be Democrats, Republicans or Independents. I thought one of the great things about being American is "freedom of speech," and it seems like some people want to take that away unless you are saying what they want to hear.
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22 Oct 08
hello, just thought i would put in my 5 cents worth here. you see, i am not american, and find it difficult to understand how passionately patriotic you all are but that so few of you vote. we have two major parties here too, in oz, and we have compulsory voting, but no-one would think to accuse some-one else of being un-australian. nobody would know what that meant. we are all australian, thats it.
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I didn't think it was even a party thing, but it seems you may be right. If it wasn't intended to be that, then that at least tinges it. ...it seems offensive, to me. I mean if small towns are the epitome of "pro-america" and "real america"...then what're us rural folks who don't live in the towns or the cities? Isn't it awful just to generalize people like that? WTF is up with this "real america" idea. REAL AMERICA is every person in this country, of every political viewpoint, race, beliefs, and lifestyles...to claim anything different...I'm sorry, is incredibly divisive and it's not even a very good ploy for this campaign since it's likely to be taken badly by alot of people. I can't help but think this is just pure stupidity, on whoever takes part in this claim.
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@Hatley (164389)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Oct 08
hi bd I am also sick of people saying becuase I am not a republican that I am not pro america. give us a break, forget the political crap and realize we are also Americans and proud to be a mericans,just as the republicans are.After all people are people no matter who they vote for, and they love their country just as I do and as you do.
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• United States
22 Oct 08
There are red states and blue states, VA is a red state meaning that the GOP has carried it in all four elections.
@anniepa (27245)
• United States
22 Oct 08
VA might just be about to turn blue! Annie
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Hopefully, change is finally coming! I live in Virginia. I KNOW it has traditionally gone for Republican presidents. BUT, we have a Democratic governor, Tim Kaine, and Democratic senators. So, I don't know what you mean by saying "the GOP has carried it in all four elections". This state has always been mixed. If they go for a Republican president, usually we have a Democrat as governor. At least the state has shown SOME sense. You didn't answer my question. I live in an extremely Republican area. But, that does not make me, a liberal, any less patriotic than they are. Having different ideas about what is best for the country doesn't make us un-American.
• United States
22 Oct 08
I guess that the GOP wants to stir up those who don't like being offended by being called racists or redneck such as the case with John Murtha, the GOP wants those that love America to come out and vote for them instead of Barry, if it made you mad then they did their job. B.O. doesn't preach America, he screams socialism.
• Canada
22 Oct 08
I think that republican rextremeists are having a problem believing that people are patriotic unless they act and think and do exactly as they do themselves. It is the same as people of certain religions who think that their answer is the only right answer, and that everyone else is WRONG.
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
23 Oct 08
It is a shame. I'm from a traditionally Republican area, and as soon as I starting getting into politics, I lost several friends because I wasn't a Republican. I didn't agree with them, but I didn't mind being friends with them. But, all of a sudden, I was a "communist" because I'm a liberal. I still can't understand that.
@anniepa (27245)
• United States
22 Oct 08
You said exactly what I've been saying and thinking! This is really getting ridiculous, between this woman you quoted and Representative Michelle Bachmann who wants all liberal members of Congress to be investigated for being anti-American among other IDIOTS, being spurred on by the McCain/Palin campaign and some of the candidates' own remarks. From things I've been hearing, by some standards I don't live in the "real American" part of Pennsylvania but by others I'm in the heart of one of the pro-American parts of the country. I'm in a blue area of a small purple town, surrounded by a bunch of other small blue, red and mostly purple small towns but part of a currently red county, but in a larger blue region of a blue state, which does have some real American - I mean red - areas. Guess what? We're all real Americans in a real part of America regardless of our party affiliations or ideology. We're all suffering from a bad economy and our state has more troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan than most other states and have lost more troops than most other states, so don't tell any of us we're not real Americans! Annie