Wall Street Journal on Palin

Tue 16 Sep 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

from the depths of pre-election desperation, some honest words from the Wall Street Journal. Yes, that old left wing bastion, the Journal:

Leave the fantasy land of convention rhetoric, and you will find that small-town America, this legendary place of honesty and sincerity and dignity, is not doing very well. If you drive west from Kansas City, Mo., you will find towns where Main Street is largely boarded up. You will see closed schools and hospitals. You will hear about depleted groundwater and massive depopulation.

And eventually you will ask yourself, how did this happen? Did Hollywood do this? Was it those “reporters and commentators” with their fancy college degrees who wrecked Main Street, U.S.A.?

No. For decades now we have been electing people like Sarah Palin who claimed to love and respect the folksy conservatism of small towns, and yet who have unfailingly enacted laws to aid the small town’s mortal enemies.


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  1. Christopher Barzak on September 16th, 2008 9:27 pm

    Wow, go Journal. That’s surprising and fresh. A good sign?

    However, I don’t understand why they say go west of Kansas City, Mo to find small towns with Main Street boarded up. I always thought it was west of NYC. 🙂

  2. lcrw on September 17th, 2008 12:20 pm

    Or north. Or south. Getting some commentators and shareholders together for a (luxury) tour of what their companies are doing to the heartland would be a fun idea.

  3. Christopher Barzak on September 17th, 2008 5:48 pm

    LOL! Fun, indeed! And on your right, please take note of the five blocks of abandoned buildings that once boomed with workers of all stripes! On your left, you’ll see the remnants of several factories that have been abandoned for the past fifteen years. The local kids like to pitch rocks at the windows, and trees have begun to grow through the rooftops. Etc. Perhaps someday we could make a tourist economy out of it all. Tours of former blue collar civilizations. 🙂

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