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Not really a post here, just an observation and I thought I’d share it with you.
As you may or may not know, I live in a small town in Iowa. I was driving through Ottumwa on Friday, running my errands that had me posting open threads for you guys, when I drove past a house that had a “Ron Paul for President” sign in the front yard. It’s the first one I’ve seen, so believe me, I noticed it (and yes, I was laughing the entire time I drove past it).
Anyway, no big deal, right? Well, no, it wasn’t, but what was interesting was what kind of house it was and what neighborhood it was in.
Ottumwa is a pretty solid Democrat town. The last Republican mayor we had only ran as one because someone else was running as a Dem. Everyone knew he wasn’t really a Republican and that it was just a way for two Dems to run…but I digress.
Anywhoo, as I was saying, Ottumwa has, like every other town in America, areas that are considered “the wrong side of the tracks” (as opposed to areas you dare not go to after dark). This was one area, where everyone who lives there is dirt poor, but they’re not the types to be out robbing liquor stores every other Thursday night. And the house itself looked like it had been abandoned for some time, only it wasn’t (there were cars in the drive and there were lights on).
Now, I know it’s not automatic that the poor support the Democrats, but they don’t often bite the hand that feeds them (sometimes literally). But I found it odd that this family, poor as they certainly must be, would be supporting any Republican, let alone Ron Paul.
I guess I’m just not “getting it”. Any thoughts as to why I saw what I saw?