As I continue to ponder whether I should continue to be a Republican or if I should go back to being "non-aligned" party affiliation, one of the things that continues to vex me and point me to the idea of being non-aligned is the continue politics of dividing America by my fellow Republicans, such as Sarah Palin.
I was born in New York city and grew up in Baltimore city. I'm urban to the core. My mother's family came to Baltimore from North Carolina during the Northern Migration and part of the family continued to New York. My family has men who fought in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. We had/have "blue collar" workers, teachers, nurses, a doctor, engineers, school administrators, state and federal government workers (*GASP*), business administrators, business owners, etc. We are American and we are urban.
I wrote that preamble to say, I appreciate this opinion article by Kathleen Parker:
When politicians speak of small-town values, we know what they mean. Generally, they are invoking family, faith and flag -- coincidentally the subtitle of Palin's next book, "America by Heart." In the politician's world, small towns are where "real Americans" live, as opposed to all those other people -- the vast majority of Americans -- who live in urban areas.
As someone who grew up in a small town (and left as soon as possible) and who recently has chosen to live in a small town (though lately in absentia), I've given this a lot of thought. Despite all my implicit exposure to small-town values, I never really understood what they were until I moved to Olive Street, a three-block-long street in the nation's capital.
So goes life in the city. But if those aren't small-town values, I don't know what we're talking about. All the inferences one has drawn from reading the foregoing are meant to be taken to heart. Families come in many configurations. And small-town values have nothing to do with small towns.
Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, and all of the other Republican and conservative spewing heads can kiss the behinds of my urban AMERICAN family!
P.S. Why don't Black Republicans and Black conservatives, who are urban or grew up in urban areas, speaking out against the madness of the commentators?