All he had in his pockets was a cheap nickel medallion of Karl Marx.
All Americans deserve better. No one cares about me. I met the man who said those words while working as a bartender in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas. It was a one-street town in Benton County. It had a beauty parlor, a gas station, and a bar where locals came on Friday nights to shoot the shit over cheap drinks and country music.
I arrived in Arkansas by way of another little town in Louisiana, where all but a few local businesses had boarded up when Walmart moved in.
In Arkansas, I was struggling to survive. Across the highway from the bar was the trailer park where I lived. There was a big hole in the ceiling, and parts of the floor were starting to crumble under my feet.
It leaned to one side, and the faint odor of death hung around the bathroom. No doubt a squirrel or a rat had died in the walls. I told myself that once the flesh was gone, dissolved into the nothingness, the smell would go away, but it never did.
I loved that trailer. Sitting in a ratty brown La-Z-Boy, I would look around my tin can and imagine all the ways I could paint the walls in shades of possibility.
I loved it for the simple reason that it was the first and only home I have ever owned. My trailer was parked in the middle of Walmart country, which is also home to J. There is a whole lot of money in that pocket of Arkansas, but the grand wealth casts an oppressive shadow over a region entrenched in poverty.
Executive mansions line the lakefronts and golf courses. On the other side of Country Club Road, trailer parks are tucked back in the woods. The haves and have-nots rarely share the same view, with one exception: Benton County has been among the most historically conservative counties in Arkansas.
There is an unavoidable question about places like Benton County, a question many liberals have tried to answer for years now: Why do poor whites vote along the same party lines as their wealthy neighbors across the road? But what if those easy answers are two sides of the same political coin, a coin that keeps getting hurled back and forth between the two parties without ever shedding light on the real, more complicated truth?
They want to believe their voices matter. A January survey by the Rand Corporation reported that Republican primary voters are Why do they believe a Trump presidency would amplify their voices?
From the time of slavery yes, slavery to the rise of Donald Trump, wealthy elites have relied on the allegiance of the white underclass to retain their affluence and political power.
U ntil the first African slaves were brought to Jamestown, Virginia, inwealthy plantation owners relied on indentured servants for cheap labor.
These white servants were mostly poor Europeans who traded their freedom for passage to the American colonies. They were given room and board, and, after four to seven years of grueling servitude, freedom.when they are too democratic.
And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny. Illustration by Zohar Lazar As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a.
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