Posted by: Allyson | October 24, 2008

Joplin, MO

Joplin May Be Reddest Corner In Missouri

Morning Edition has a story this morning on Joplin, Missouri, which is apparently the reddest area of the state.  The last person interviewed talks about why he’s voting for McCain: because McCain is totally anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage.  The guy even said that it doesn’t matter if the country goes broke, because if we elect the “moral” candidate, if those “morals” are still in place than the Christian god will be on our side.  (I presume he’s talking about the Christian god, at least.)  Furthermore, even if your country goes bankrupt, you’ll at least still have your “morals” to cling to.

It’s nice to see that there are some people in this world who don’t give a shit about the economy, just as long as gay people and women don’t have the full rights they’re entitled to.  It’s nice to see that people believe in a god who will support us if we oppress people.  It’s nice to know that people would rather impose their narrow views on others instead of considering which candidate knows what’s best for the country as a whole.  It’s great that this guy in Joplin has never had a girlfriend who wanted an abortion, or who had a child who was gay, because horror of horrors, then he might be forced to reconsider his positions.  It’s great that he can live in his bubble without giving a single thought to why a woman might choose an abortion, or why refusing to let gay people marry is tantamount to the racist policies we had in place 50 years ago.  It’s great that he makes his voting decisions based on what is going to be most harmful for other people.  I’m so happy to live in this world.  


Crossposted at This is What a Feminist Blogs Like



  1. Wow, that is really sad. Well up here in Detroit and Michigan the average unemployment rate is about 8.5%. People are very angry, sad and depressed. Michigan is a blue state and Obama will win here, there is no doubt about that.

    It is really sad the lack of openness in this country and the overall air of judgment that comes from very fundamental Christians. I know some Christians who speak up against McCain so I am not putting all Christians into a box. There are stuck in a 12th century consciousness about women and GLBTQ people. I wonder if this guy knows that it is his morals that have created a bad economy? The morals of power over others and oppression onto others have created this economy. That we have yet to face deep wounds and truths in this country? He probably would not be able to make that connection.

  2. I grew up in Joplin, MO and this doesn’t surprise me at all. It is a very narrow minded little town and very very RED. People don’t like change and their philosophy is “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.”

    I’m so glad I moved away from there.

  3. Well, it’s society as we know it, the ‘PC age’ (Politically Correct) as some call it, that the racist elite hide behind in order to protect themselves. The same social constraints we are used to when it comes to the ‘n’ word and other obvious signs of social bigotry are being abused by the people that would normally use them. Basically, it’s perfectly fine to be prejudice, racist, mysogenistic and homophobic as long as you don’t SAY anything that would tip people off. If you call them out on it, they cry foul, claiming the first amendment rights, denying it, or they try to use the ‘I didn’t call them a queer’ argument.

    It’s worse in some ways, because people still think that way, but hide it so you can never tell if they’re going to stab you in the back.

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