Real Americans live everywhere. Not just in the "flyover" states.

While punching the preset buttons on my old-school AM radio in the Saab, I happened across an interviewer speaking to some "real" Americans. You know the kind, the ones the media loves to pull out of the woodwork every 4 years or so (coincidence?).

Real Americans live everywhere. Not just in the "flyover" states.

While punching the preset buttons on my old-school AM radio in the Saab, I happened across an interviewer speaking to some "real" Americans. You know the kind, the ones the media loves to pull out of the woodwork every 4 years or so (coincidence?).

They're kind of soft spoken, with a bit of a drawl, and live in small towns. This most recent "real" American was telling the interviewer how where he lived, folks help each other out, go to work, take care of kids, etc. Perhaps he has never been to a city and doesn't know that people in those "other" places also go to work, have families, and get stuck in traffic too.

Got me to wondering what those of us who don't live in the small towns do with our time.

If you live somewhere other than a small town in a depressed part of the country, you pay way more for housing so not working isn't an option for most.

People care about their neighbors, especially the four legged ones that don't have any one to take care of them. The cities are teaming with cat and dog rescue organizations. The local pet food store has a donation box that is always overflowing.

I just saw an old lady who looked like she could ill afford to give away her money give a dollar to a guy on the street in a wheelchair selling peanuts. She didn't take the peanuts either.

We all try to make our small circle of influence better, some of us in smaller ways than others. There is no shortage of "real" Americans in the cities or on the coasts. To imply otherwise is divisive and insulting. By virtue of living here, we are all real Americans.

Or maybe someone can point to a "not-real" American?


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