Look­ing deeper into the fis­sure

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - DEMARIS MILLER Wash­ing­ton

In his col­umn, Wal­ter Nick­lin al­most got it — but missed.

In his at­tempt, he quoted and para­phrased Fa­reed Zakaria, “The fis­sure be­tween rel­a­tively bet­tere­d­u­cated ur­ban­ites and less-ed­u­cated [sic] ru­ral pop­u­la­tions ap­pears to have be­come the new di­vid­ing line in West­ern pol­i­tics. (Peo­ple who self-iden­tify as ru­ral) feel ig­nored or looked down upon and feel deep re­sent­ment to­ward metropoli­tan elites (e.g., Rap­pa­han­nock come heres!)”

It isn’t about “come heres" and “been heres,” and it has noth­ing to do with level of ed­u­ca­tion. I would mod­ify Nick­lin’s off-tar­get con­clu­sion with these words:

“There is a fis­sure be­tween the elit­ist, con­de­scend­ing, know-italls who think they should make all the de­ci­sions, and the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally drive the gears of this coun­try and who jus­ti­fi­ably feel ig­nored and looked down upon. This fis­sure cre­ates deep re­sent­ment to­ward those self-iden­ti­fied elites.”

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