In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
Very well done.... so many of us are asking... "but what can I do?".... you have stated a way... local and community. Small towns are easier to keep up on what is happening with local government and even know the sheriff and council members. Large cities are different. Too much happening and too much going on for individuals to keep up with what is happening and so much easier for the councils to work behind the scenes. People are so busy working to afford a city life style and then, of course, they must have their recreational time. Not a lot of time left over for paying attention to the feds or their own huge governing machine. Besides BIG government has BIG guns. We lived in a BIG city until 8 years ago when I retired and we moved to a small town in east Texas. Not only was the life style different in the small town, but the sheriff was different. We know him and his crew. We know the town council. It would be very hard for the council or the sheriff to do anything that everyone around here wouldn't know about. Big difference. It is possible to keep informed about what is going on and to be involved when the city is not so huge
You nailed another one, Patrice.The story of my existence has been, mostly, "Us Vs. Them." Blue collar vs. white collar, white vs. minority, straight vs. gay, Baptist vs. Methodist vs. Church of Christ vs. Catholic, normal vs. otherwise. The end product is the same: "I don't want to work with you. You are not one of me. You are one of THEM."The only place I have not encountered this attitude was in a small town in Northwest Arkansas. There, it didn't matter that I was off-white (Italian), or that I wasn't quite Christian, or that some of my mannerisms were odd. For the first time in my life, I wasn't a freak-- I was just the lady who drank coffee at the gas station three mornings a week, and mopped up the coffee station when she poured. The lady who stuck around to clean up after school events, kids and all. For the first time, there was no "us vs. them" within the community.It was POWERFUL. Extremely powerful.