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Old 03-24-2012, 07:00 AM
 
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as someone from a rural backround ( albeit in a different country ) , i know what you mean , as long as you dont bash people over the head with your views , your socially liberal in my book , even you privatley oppose gay marriage , permissiveness and the like etc , country folk tend not to be overbearing around others

im only overbearing on internet forums , my alter ego can be free on the web
People who have lived in rural areas have experienced far more about the life of animals including human animals than people who have spend their lives in cities. They are more tolerant of conduct, behavior and appearance that is a little or a lot out of the norm because of it. And, rural people are far more transparent about who they are and what they value than city folks.
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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People who have lived in rural areas have experienced far more about the life of animals including human animals than people who have spend their lives in cities. They are more tolerant of conduct, behavior and appearance that is a little or a lot out of the norm because of it. And, rural people are far more transparent about who they are and what they value than city folks.
I think thats something you see on TV. All the old stereotypes about Country Bumpkins , and getting fleeced when they arrive in the big city days have been over long ago. With all the modern connections out there, It may be that Country farmers are more up to date about most everything more than many narrow minded City people that think the next state west of NJ, is Calif. ...cause thats what they do, buy an airline ticket.. Some of the most hi tech communications I have seen were in a country Farmer's office out in the barn.Several CT and digital visual devices that keep them informed about commodities markets along with stocks and world affairs. . Real time traders often come from the very places the commodities come from, they will know more than almost anyone about what they do, as as understand how things work. A samart farmer today need to be involved in almost everything that makes the world turn, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment. They are Bisinessmen, mechanics, traders, and usually long distance travelers, sometime in their time share jet plane !.Many a paved landing strip on many a farms , especially in the big growing and farming states where one farm may be thousands of acres..
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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People who have lived in rural areas have experienced far more about the life of animals including human animals than people who have spend their lives in cities. They are more tolerant of conduct, behavior and appearance that is a little or a lot out of the norm because of it. And, rural people are far more transparent about who they are and what they value than city folks.
rural folk have softer hearts IMO
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Old 03-28-2012, 06:12 AM
 
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This was a great thread until the personal beliefs blabber took over. Does anyone else have some good geographic recommendations? Also just a thought, but I think the term "liberal" might be replaced with the word "progressive" which probably equates more to the OP's original slant.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Petticoat Junction
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This was a great thread until the personal beliefs blabber took over.
Amen.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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There is little doubt that rural living is quite different than living in the city. Where things get blurred is those in between barriers that make up the differences. The City sprawl is far more than just a movement of city dwellers moving to the burbs. When they do ( I think to original concept is over now ) , they bring lots of things with them from the city, including ethnic ways.That first and second wave, and or flight is depending on how it started,then evolved.
I use Chicago as probably the best example in the World, from very strong ethic neighborhoods, to many racial divides that overflowed into many of these close controlled, closed in old world areas of the City. I have watched over the last 40-45 years the changes, the differences, and the transformation of rural corn fields turned into pavement and subdivisions for the masses. We used to call these small quick built homes tickey-tack, all look alike dwellings, and most were. They were built to fill a need and a price affordable for those young idealists wanting to escape the city for a new and better life for their growing family's . The problems they faces first were distances from work, and crowded highways, slow moving commutes that often stretched the patience and even questioned why they did make this move in the first place.
Many new and enjoyable things did come from this exodus , Shopping malls , small food outlets that allowed the new suburban dweller to have many of the things he was accustomed to in the City. Actually it made the transplant more aware of the world around them, of opportunities that did not exist before. In many cases this displacement of the rural life was centered around the new modern commuter rail services and all that went with it.Included also were the new municipal needs and public schools.
So, what did this do to the rural people, the farmers who owned this land ...? and in the number of acres, not city blocks or 1/2 acre homesteads with only a small front yard and a larger back one. Well in many cases, the farmer became a real estate mogul, making more money than he ever thought possible from a field of beans or corn. For others it meant moving out further to escape was was choking off their existence, as they had known it for so long.many retired to Florida and the SW. There were lots of happenings and actually in a short time period, a very uncomfortable growth that made many feel uncomfortable.....That may have been the biggest thing, as small rural towns change little over the years, just different names on the shops and stores as the previous owner died , or retired. What did not happen was the real feel of living free, of " Life on the Farm" and all the clean wholesome ways of life. The City people brought most everything with them, the good and the bad. The days of no stoplights and country roads was gone forever, it was quite sad when you think about it.
Everything had changed all over also, communications, satellites, phones and faxes replaced the local telephone office where everyone knew the operator by name. The drive in theaters and the A &W drive was replaced by a McDonald's and a Taco Bell, along with multi complexes that could show films in many 'rooms" at the same time. The TV did more than anything to change the lifestyle of the American, rural and city dweller. Everyone saw the same shows, not really new programing wise, as radio had already established the "Soaps". When living changes around you in a short period of time, we call it progress, suburban lifestyle and choices that never existed before.
So much of what I have recalled here can still apply today. Now there is another mix, young people moving into the City, where that had never really been before, and all to the wonderment of their parents and grand parents..... However, real rural living does still exist, all one has to do to avail themselves of many of these stereotypes, is move far, far away, or, if you were lucky, to have been born there, to return, as you grow old, as you retire....it is truly the desire of going home again, but as Thomas Wolfe said, " you can't go home again " a very true statement. I found that out long ago.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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In Wisconsin,many of the rural areas in the Sw and west are Democrat but socially conservative. Likewise,the very Republican Milwaukee metro area is more socially moderate but still heavily Republican.
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:22 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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In Wisconsin,many of the rural areas in the Sw and west are Democrat but socially conservative. Likewise,the very Republican Milwaukee metro area is more socially moderate but still heavily Republican.
Which all goes to show that painting either side of the aisle with a broad brush is highly inaccurate. Unfortunately, the extremists do so regularly.
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Old 10-21-2016, 09:31 AM
 
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Hiram, Ohio. A pocket sanctuary among conservative Ohioans. Home to Hiram college, Most residents have ties to the college or the very liberal church that founded the college. Church goers are well educated and very musical, a breath of fresh air. The college must have a good arts program for how many musicians there are.
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Old 10-21-2016, 05:09 PM
 
Location: DMV
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Vermont is pretty liberal in general and very rural, probably moreso in southern VT or if it's not too far from a small town (a city by Vermont standards though, hah!). Also, parts of southern NH and Maine as well. 'Liberal' can be quite a relative meaning when it comes to rural settings, thoug, in my experience. It really depends on what ones definition of a liberal is and how much so versus the antithesis.
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