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Old 03-13-2012, 11:00 PM
 
Location: South Central Nebraska
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Weve been hurt really bad by all the offshoring of jobs so we are really into buying American. We drive chevys, fords and chryslers here. The south is known for being politically conservative, the yankee northeast for liberal extremes. We are neither, this is swing state country although traditional values still prevail here.
Maybe this is more of a Michigan thing. We don't manufacture any automobiles or not many automotive parts in Nebraska to the best of my knowledge so there is not the same pressure to drive an American car. Although people buy a lot of domestic cars here (more out of choice and for the reason that the majority of pickups and large SUVs are American), I've never felt pressure to drive an American car or heard any flack for not driving one. If American cars (other than Buick or Cadillac) would offer leather, wood, and nicer features then I would consider buying one. If I want something with navigation, leather, wood, rear backup cam, etc. a Ford Fusion or Ford Explorer is just not going to cut it. Build quality of Jeep also concerns me even though the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited has most of the afore-mentioned features. Also I'm pretty sure the wood is fake instead of real (as it is on Buick although its real on Cadillac). I don't want to pay 45k for a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and get fake wood when I'll get real wood from the Germans or Japanese. Cadillac needs to come out with more in between size SUVS than the Escalade. The SRX to me doesn't count. I'm sick of ugly looking crossovers.

Also for the most part here it is very conservative. The Plains states generally are. We tend to go solidly red come presidential election time. Different than the Great Lakes region of the Midwest.

However I feel much more kinship with Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, etc. than I do with Colorado or Oklahoma or New Mexico even though they are close by. I view myself as a Midwesterner albeit a farm community Midwesterner as opposed to a manufacturing oriented Midwesterner.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:03 PM
 
Location: South Central Nebraska
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No one has ever asked me such a question and I can't imagine why they would. North or South who cares? What a silly thing to be obsessed with.
Yes I think Southerners are obsessed with that question and distinction of identity. Its stupid and I think they are the only ones who think about stuff like that.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:04 AM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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Yes I think Southerners are obsessed with that question and distinction of identity. Its stupid and I think they are the only ones who think about stuff like that.
yes, all Southerners are always generalizing all of the time, constantly.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ area
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No one has ever asked me such a question and I can't imagine why they would. North or South who cares? What a silly thing to be obsessed with.
I see what you mean. Nobody really talks about Northern pride or Northern hospitality up here. I also wouldn't lump the Midwest and the Northeast together as one region because they seem to be two distinct regions.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: South Central Nebraska
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yes, all Southerners are always generalizing all of the time, constantly.
The South is the only region where I've heard that question from. Not that they all do it but enough of them that it was noticeable to me.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I see what you mean. Nobody really talks about Northern pride or Northern hospitality up here. I also wouldn't lump the Midwest and the Northeast together as one region because they seem to be two distinct regions.
Yeah, being from the midwest I don't feel our states have really anything to do with the Northeast states, them are very distinct and I don't really think anyone from the Northeast would identify with the Midwest and vice versa.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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Yeah, being from the midwest I don't feel our states have really anything to do with the Northeast states, them are very distinct and I don't really think anyone from the Northeast would identify with the Midwest and vice versa.
I do, and I've lived in both..
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Mississippi Delta!
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Actually, I do believe the North is not monolithic. I think the cultural differences between Midwesterners and Northeasterners are just as wide, if not wider, than those between the North and South in general. Come to think of it, the idea of a common "Midwest" culture seems inaccurate. How many cultural factors unite people in Ohio rust belt cities with people living in the dwindling communities of the western Dakotas? Yet they are all considered part of the Midwest!
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:49 AM
 
Location: South Central Nebraska
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Actually, I do believe the North is not monolithic. I think the cultural differences between Midwesterners and Northeasterners are just as wide, if not wider, than those between the North and South in general. Come to think of it, the idea of a common "Midwest" culture seems inaccurate. How many cultural factors unite people in Ohio rust belt cities with people living in the dwindling communities of the western Dakotas? Yet they are all considered part of the Midwest!
Dwindling communities? Maybe population-wise but that has slowed. There is a lot of farming and ranching out here on the Plains and I am proud to live here. What we share in common with Ohio is that although Ohio has a lot more manufacturing - Ohio has a lot of farming. Culturally there is a lot of German-American ancestry in both, lot of Methodists, Lutherans, etc. By the time you get to Western Nebraska or Western ND (Western SD has many reservations, the Badlands, and then the Black Hills) the landscape and culture is more Western than it is Midwestern.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:57 AM
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Yes I think Southerners are obsessed with that question and distinction of identity. Its stupid and I think they are the only ones who think about stuff like that.
Has it occured to you that maybe the question is asked to point out to you what life is like to us when people keep asking the Southern question. We in the South are not obsessed with this, but we are constantly having to defend our being who we are. I have heard statements like, "They can't get over the Civil War." Yes, we can, but some Northerners posting on here are having difficulty getting over it. They still throw it up to us as a way to put us down. The Civil War happened over 100 yeas ago and it is really nothing I think about on a daily basis. It happened, get over it.

We also have things thrown in our direction that we were not the author of in the laws. Southerners had very little power to do anything right after the Civil War, but we are still blamed for things the United States did to the blacks that had nothing to do with us. And who is responsible for bringing the slaves to America in the first place--Northern Ships!

A teacher I had once explained the difference between the North and the South like this. A black person after the Civil War was freed and was hungry. He went to the Northern carpetbeggars home and asked for food at the front door. He was told to go away. He then went down the street and asked a native of the South for food. He was told to go around to the kitchen door and was invited in to the kitchen to eat.

The impression most people from the North give me is that they are very selfish, money and having a large house is important to them, many see mentioning being a Christian is a weakness, they seem to like to outdo each other and love to rub it in when they do. You see that on here with the towns almost worshiping their city's ball team. I have even heard people on here make statements that a city is nothing because it does not have a ball team. I don't care a fig about any professional ball team because we have better things to do with our time in the South. I have told many on here to fit in as a Southerner they should do almost everything the opposite as they do up North and they will fit in just fine. And the first thing is to stop minding your neighbors business. There is no rule in the South that everybody has to be like everybody else to be accepted. The Civil War started because the people in the North seemed to think it was their job to tell the Southerners how to live. From the looks of your answer, that is still going on. MYOB

I worked at a public job where a lot of people from other places were moving in. I found that our citizens would ask the rules and obey them. Not these new people! They wouldn't ask the rules, but when I had to tell them the rules they would start finding fault with them. Many of them would think that we should change our rules to fit the place they had moved from. Talk about stupid. I discussed this with my husband and said, "I wonder if they do each other like this." Well, the answer came. One of our Ohio residents had company arrive and they were showing them the town. I forget what the question was but they asked me some question about the area. The visitor then turned to the new resident and said, "See I know more about your new town than you do." I had to control myself not to burst out laughing.

So I have another question for Northerners, "How do you all live together up there in peace when everybody knows more than everybody else." And I have another question, "When everybody up there is busy taking care of their neighbor's business, who is taking care of your business." It just seems to me like it would be a better idea if we all took care of our own business and showed respect for our neighbor and left them alone unless they need our help and ask for it.

Just calling things like I see them and I have seen a lot since I just retired from a public job in a county that was the fastest growing county in America for two years in a row. We built a good life for ourselves and now everybody wants to be here.

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