Where is Folkland U.S.A? Part 1

by CJFosdick on July 20, 2010

Part 1:

Beyond your gated villages, your privacy fences, and your “cannot-and-must-not-ever-break” covenants of your sub-divisions; beyond your several storied apartments where you don’t even know your neighbors, beyond the hustle, bustle, and on-the-go stressful living in the big cities called “Liberalvilles”, there lies a great big beautiful America. This area has several names. One is fly-over country, you know the places where it isn’t worth a politician’s time to stop and campaign. It’s also called America’s Great Dessert, the backwoods, the Boondocks, just plain “Boonies”, the Red States. I could go on, but will settle on one name I like, “Folkland USA”. Some think anyone not living in a cosmopolitan area is provincial, unsophisticated, even simpleminded, while they in Liberalville are worldly-wise, sophisticated, classy, and refined. Country folks are often called Rednecks, hicks, cowboys, hillbillies, or country-bumpkins. Robert Duval, famous actor, said on Fox News on 7/18/2010, “Hollywood, the Beltway, and the “sophisticated Americans” tend to patronize the South and the Middle sections of the country.”

Adding fuel to the idea about Folks in Folkland being country bumpkins, MARK LEVINE, TALK SHOW HOST, ON 7/18/2010, SAID, THAT ONLY THE UNEDUCATED, THE STUPID, AND THE DUMB BELIEVE THAT OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST, OR THAT HE IS NOT AN AMERICAN CITIZEN.

Yet, there are areas of Folkland in every state of the union. There are even pockets of Folkland in the gated villages, apartments, and big cities of America just as there are pockets of big-city-thinking in the back-ways and byways of American Folkland. You won’t find Folkland along multiple-lanes Interstate Highways, but along the state and country roadways, and unpaved paths turned to roads from years of use, wandering around fields, and through small villages where “Mom and Pop” businesses still exist. Folkland is not found in the fast-paced life of today’s megalopolises; it is in the rural small towns, farms, ranches, fishing villages, and heartlands of America.

But truly, Folkland is a state of mind more than it is a physical location. Millions of America’s big city dwellers have roots going back to their Folkland beginnings. They often get nostalgic about their beginnings, the old-fashioned ways of living they were raised in. For one reason or another, they chose to leave Folkland and become another warm body in the vast sea of urban city residents, hoping against hope, they can make it big-time, can gain the wealth and/or fame they so strive to gain. Or perhaps they just got a job offer they couldn’t pass up. Who knows what motivates people to become city-dwellers. I will say this, those who live in Folkland are mostly there because that is where they choose to be. They feel there is no better place to be, and yes, in the words of the great Obama, they tend to cling to their guns and their God. The Second 
Amendment and the right to worship as they please are central to their way of life.

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