By Victor Ochieng
When Donald Trump started his presidential campaign, not so many people took him seriously. Later in the campaign, however, people got to know he was really a strong candidate who stood a chance. And he eventually won the GOP nominations, setting the stage for his contest against Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton.
The whole time, “Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.”
Renowned and reputable analysts said this and that about the campaigns but ignored a very fundamental determinant in the entire process – rural America. This group doesn’t seem to understand the situation they are in or why they’re going through what they’re going through. Even more disheartening is the fact that they’ve not been able to realize that they’re the real cause of their problems.
In an article posted on the Raw Story, a white insider, who spent the first 24 years of his life in rural America, shared some of the sad things going on deep down there. He says he lived that life, shared their stories, went to their churches, spoke their politics and got to fully understand what was going on there.
To put it simply, the author is basically lamenting about the high level of ignorance eating rural, white Christian America. Because of this ignorance and an apparent lack of insight, the author says the problems of this group have increased over the past three decades. Instead of experiencing improvement things are just getting worse.
In this part of the world, their opinions are shaped by religious fundamentalism. Such systems, as we all know, aren’t friendly to introspection, learning or change.
The other challenge with such a system is that, besides not being able to question itself, it’s also not friendly to outside criticism, more specifically by those perceived as non-members.
Rural America doesn’t listen to anyone else apart from her own. If you aren’t part of rural America, you cannot change it. At the same time, because rural America cannot question itself and transform for the better, it’ll simply remain unchanged.
The author says, ” I’ve had hundreds of discussions with rural white Americans and whenever I present them any information that contradicts their entrenched beliefs, no matter how sound, how unquestionable, how obvious, they WILL NOT even entertain the possibility it might be true. Their refusal is a result of the nature of their fundamentalist belief system and the fact I’m the enemy because I’m an educated liberal.”