From the papers of Thomas Jefferson:
“I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. True, they nourish some of the elegant arts; but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere; and less perfection in the others, with more health, virtue and freedom, would be my choice.”
“I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.”
Interesting foresight, in the context of today’s red-blue electoral issue. Increasingly, in the United States, it has come down to rural vs. urban — with some middle ground still found in the suburbs, perhaps (which are increasingly urban).
Some call the red areas that Jefferson defended as “flyover country.” Back in 2008 and 2012, Obama made fun of red states because of what he claimed was their irrational attachment to guns and religion. What Obama was really after wasn’t their values, but their freedom..
Given the ability of politicians in deep blue cities to ultimately determine the outcome of elections not just in cities but throughout their states (Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona come to mind) and, nationally speaking, the country (since presidential elections will now always swing blue), we’re presently living under a tyranny of values and policies determined by leftist elites.
The rural part of the country and also the conservative wing of the suburbs (not to mention the minority of urban people who aren’t leftist) eventually must decide: Will we succumb to the dictatorship Jefferson feared? Or will we assert ourselves, fight back and do whatever it takes to break out of this urban, communistic, socialistic, stupidly “woke” leftist tyranny?
I would say this is a question for the future. But the last several years have shown us that the future is already here.
Make up your minds, freedom-lovers. Because all of the evidence supports the claim that the leftists are coming for us.
Michael J. Hurd, Daily Dose of Reason
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