"Frankly, I believe that ethics mean more in rural America than they do in urban America. I don’t tell urban communities how they should live. What I see, however, are arrogant, liberal, urban elitists epitomized by the Des Moines Register that think they are smarter, more sophisticated, and better than those of us living in rural America. They think they know how much nitrogen we should put in our corn. They think Washington and Des Moines know best and we poor dumb folks out here need their guidance and education. They think everything outside the city limits is a city park and that they should administer it…
They are the ones with the strong economy. The economy in which computer chips are worth more than corn. The ones where they pay $1.19 for a plastic bottle of spring water, $30,000 for an automobile, and complain about the cost of a gallon of gasoline. Urban America is spoiled rotten. Their values change with each passing fad. Big city folks decide what’s politically correct and then belittle us when we don’t passionately embrace their causes. Rural America rejected their arrogance in this election. Rural America expects leaders and people to display character and integrity. Urban America expects to forgive leaders and people for their lack of character and integrity. We hold our leaders to a higher standard of conduct than they do. The honest, integrity, work ethic, and productivity of workers in rural areas far exceed those in states that voted for Bush than states that voted for Gore.”
— David Kruse, agricultural commentator and market analyst. Quoted in Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism by Richard C. Longworth.
"It’s time to state something that we’ve felt for a long time but have been too polite to say out loud: Liberals, progressives, and Democrats do not live in a country that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. We live on a chain of islands. We are citizens of the Urban Archipelago, the United Cities of America. We live on islands of sanity, liberalism, and compassion—New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and on and on. And we live on islands in red states too—a fact obscured by that state-by-state map. Denver and Boulder are our islands in Colorado; Austin is our island in Texas; Las Vegas is our island in Nevada; Miami and Fort Lauderdale are our islands in Florida. Citizens of the Urban Archipelago reject heartland “values” like xenophobia, sexism, racism, and homophobia, as well as the more intolerant strains of Christianity that have taken root in this country. And we are the real Americans. They—rural, red-state voters, the denizens of the exurbs—are not real Americans. They are rubes, fools, and hate-mongers […]
To all those who live in cities—to all those depressed Kerry supporters out there—we say take heart. Clearly we can’t control national politics right now—we can barely get a hearing. We can, however, stay engaged in our cities, and make our voices heard in the urban areas we dominate, and make each and every one, to quote Ronald Reagan (and John Winthrop, the 17th-century Puritan Reagan was parroting), “a city on a hill.” This is not a retreat; it is a long-term strategy for the Democratic Party to cater to and build on its base.
To red-state voters, to the rural voters, residents of small, dying towns, and soulless sprawling exburbs, we say this: Fuck off. Your issues are no longer our issues.”
— The editors of the The Stranger, in a post-2004 election essay entitled The Urban Archipelago.