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Desc:The Daily Show takes a look at what it means to be a real American.
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SolRo - 2008-10-22
The mayor interview needs to be played on all news channels
Hooper_X - 2008-10-22
As someone who moved from a small town with Small Town Values and whatnot to a major city with Godless Liberal Gaytheist Values and currently works in a small town with Small Town Values, I can safely say this entire line of arguing can eat a fucking dick.

The assumption that some people are "not American" because of where they live is the worst kind of demagoguery. It's intentionally divisive and hateful, and serves no purpose except to cast people whose opinions are different from your own as not just wrong, but outright *bad.* Big city assholes are no different from small town assholes, except that big city assholes aren't nice to your face and then talking shit about you behind your back.
jangbones - 2008-10-22
Yes, in my experience small towns are completely devoid of meth problems or teenage pregnancy or domestic abuse or blatant racism or rape or alcoholism. And big cities have absolutely no morally-upstanding citizens or religious people or strong families or open-minded, caring people or patriotic citizens or any sense of community.

Wait, which party is run by elitists again?

glendower - 2008-10-22
Anyone this divisive should not be elected. The Nazi party also focused its campaign in the small rural towns before coming to power.
Hooper_X - 2008-10-22
Oh, nice. Three comments in and we're already to the Godwinning. Can we find some legitimate reasons to find this offensive and stupid?

wtf japan - 2008-10-22
Why can't we ever reference good things about the Nazis in our arguments? Great beer, rocket science, significant contributions to medicine and physiology, yanking us out of a global depression, and that can-do attitude--just to name a few!

Camonk - 2008-10-22
"We do different things on different days." I think the first thing the people of Wasila look for is a violent opposition to specificity. "Bein' able to answer a question exactly is a thing for big-city folk."
Binro the Heretic - 2008-10-22
I'm glad someone called her out on this bullshit. I grew up in a small town. It was loaded with horrible bigots, drunks, drug users, wife beaters and child molesters. It was full of willfully ignorant hicks who turned their backs on science in favor of superstition.

Fuck the small towns.
mr666 - 2008-10-22
But enough about your father, what about the other people?

mr666 - 2008-10-22
O.K, that was mean and I apologize. I just couldn't avoid the temptation with such a sweet set up.

Stopheles - 2008-10-22
The dude who said that the September 11 attacks showed how people in SMALL TOWNS stick together and help each other deserves to be ignored as he lies bleeding on the sidewalk.
godot - 2008-10-22
How long before small town brain drain creates an entirely new species? After the speciation event occurs, will racism be finally justifiable?
mr666 - 2008-10-22
There's nothing more annoying than the pricks that hate on big citiies claiming them to be immoral and unamerican, or those that hate on the small towns for being backwards and idiotic.

The fact that the republicans are using the first to try and drum up support just shows how little they have left in their tank.
glasseye - 2008-10-22
Oh wasilla, you're so kooky!
Cleaner82 - 2008-10-22
Oh, small towns are fine.

There's something to meeting a person you know at the store, or at the movies, or whatever. Back in Orange County a little thing like that never happened, you had no hope of 'bumping into' somebody. That's nice.

I can't imagine how it becomes some sort of political issue though of course. I guess I'm one of those bastard half-breeds who's spend about equal time in both sorts of places and is consequently loved by no one.
chumbucket - 2008-10-22
all this small town bs image crap reminds me of the weird shit that went down in my state a few years back. kooky people should just be let to go to Alaska and start their own useless god-fearin' country
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_19_52/ai_658059 06
HURF BLURF DUH - 2008-10-22
The dude with the pornographic tattoos of his wife and the woman he cheated on her with side by side... priceless. Small town morals ahoy.
The McK - 2008-10-22
For fellow unamericans:
http://watch.thecomedynetwork.ca/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewa rt/correspondents/daily-show-jason-jones/#clip104802
asian hick - 2008-10-22
I am amazed these aren't staged...are they?
Mostly Pi - 2008-10-22
I spent a number of years in small towns and currently live in a city. The populations of both are motivated by the same ingrained sociological grouping mechanisms.

Small towns are smaller... suppose I should say duh to this before someone else points out the obviousness of the statement. Most everyone has a home and a job of some sort. There are generally only two groups in small towns; the in group and the out group. The in group follows the standards expected by other members of the group close enough to have inclusion; go to the right churches, holds the right sort of job, claims to have one of the acceptable outlooks on life and attends at least the necessary amount of group functions. The out group is either part of the poorest or "trashiest" subset. They don't have the right sort of job, they broke a taboo without repenting or the taboo was so strong that they now must exist as a warning to others in the in group, they do not mingle or are "not from around here" etc. The in group as a whole will do absolutely nothing to help the anyone from the out group, but unique individuals within the in group will cross borders to interact.

Cities, to me, have three strata; There's the in groups, the out groups and the cohesive city group. The various in groups will help others within their group. The out group will receive no help from the in groups as a whole, but unique members of the in groups will attempt to help or interact with members of the out group. The city grouping is a collective of all the in groups. Because there are so many in groups existing side by side there is a understanding that people are different and- while a strong affinity or respect will not exist from the first- the various in groups will interact and help one another to lesser extent than they would help members of their own group and will be more likely to form one on one relationships with members of other in groups. Additionally, there are individuals who have identities in multiple in groups, further strengthening the bond between otherwise disparate in groups. The out groups in big cities are the homeless and "dangerous" people, generally those who are perceived as inherently criminal; ie, lifelong ghetto or slum inhabitants.

Small towns often claim their low rates of homelessness are a strong indicator of their superiority and the treatment of homeless people in cities is a indicator of our lack of community and sympathy. One town I lived in had a high transient population, because it is situated near a deregulated asylum that let many of the patients out into the streets after reagen's morning in america blighted the us landscape. In that town they did exactly what we do in cities: "Don't look at the man in his underwear digging through the trash, son. Just keep walking."

Another common claim is that they're morally and ethically superior. One town I lived in refused to allow an Aunt Martha shelter for abused women and their children take residence in an abandoned building because, and this is almost a direct quote from the town hall meeting, "It would bring in the wrong element."

It was, strangely enough, around the time I decided I could not live in a small town ever again.

TL:DR small towns are full of assclowns with really fucking hickish superiority complexes. They're function like any other group of humans, ie, like raving bastards and without any strong groups to keep them in check, they because even more bastardly bastards.
HankFinch - 2008-10-23
I thought the video was kinda funny, and no I didn't read this long ass comment

Xiphias - 2008-10-23
that dude has titties on his tattoo

Mostly Pi - 2008-10-23
you really should read my entire post. afterward, if you write a short essay on why I'm a douchebag for having written it, you can submit it to the university of your choice and get a college credit!

IrishWhiskey - 2008-10-26
"An unequivocal yes"

I guess not blinking is requirement for Wasilla mayors. Instead of elections, they put candidates in a car headed toward a wall. If they turn away or stop, then they aren't qualified to be mayor.
FABIO2 - 2009-01-05
Hot Fuzz is the best small town documentary ever made.
Keefu - 2009-06-14
One of the most devastating things they've ever done.
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