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How Would Rural Folksiness Change The White House?

Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics says that Montana’s Democratic Governor, Brian Schweitzer, who was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012, would bring “a hefty dose of rural folksiness” to the 2016 presidential campaign.

How would a hefty dose of rural folksiness change the 2016 presidential campaign? What if Schweitzer decided to just [...]

In City and Country, the Hip Bring Community into Focus

You won’t find the community of West Rose, New York listed on any maps, and I’m not sure it is really there any more. But when I was younger, growing up in rural Central New York, the hills west of Rose had a fading reputation for oddity and hipness. In prior decades, a variety of [...]

Rural Retail: a Fiddle and a Carpet

A wooden sign for a shop on the side of the road of Route 1 near Newcastle, Maine reads “Oriental Carpets and Fiddles.”

Palinism of the Day: 79% of America is Fake and Hates America

“We believe that the best of America is in the small towns that we get to visit, and in the wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the [...]