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    Geiiga

    When I lived in Seattle, a very liberal city by most measures (most people are pretty liberal but it's also mostly unintegrated racially and there's definitely a lack of diversity along other lines too) I sometimes commented in the local papers' comments sections. The P-I was the more liberal of the two papers, so I mostly posted there until it switched to a FB account login forcing you to use your real name, and then I switched to the Times. I still comment on it from time to time (although I suppose I should update my location status).

    Anyway, you'd be amazed at how many far-right red-meat Obama-hating wingnuts posted there with their canned talking points about freedom and socialism and big guvmint. So it's not just in red states, or moderate regions of them. These people are angry and lonely and bored, and they naturally gravitated towards places where they can feel like they can contribute and be heard. The outlying region and eastern part of WA is certainly not liberal. But aside from moderated papers like the NYT, I'm guessing that most papers are dominated by these trolls. They literally have nothing better to do.

    Btw I spent a few days just outside of Topeka several summers ago, west of it. I was flying back to Seattle and stayed with my dad, who was there on business. We drove back and forth to KC several times. Unfortunately I didn't get to go to Topeka itself, so it was mostly KC and the drive. But it's some really nice country out there. My first time to Kansas and I was surprised that it wasn't all flat. Lots of rolling hills, forests and rivers. Every time I'm in a part of the country I've never been to before I like to get to know the area a bit, even if just superficially. It makes it real in my mind and makes me want to come back. I don't know how we got to be so polarized in the country. Most people just want to live their lives and be left alone. Politics just creates divisions. Or, more accurately, blows existing ones way out of proportion.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:50:38 PM PST

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