The real America.

According to Sarah Palin, it’s in “these small towns” like Greensboro, North Carolina, where she opined Oct. 16 that the real America was to be found in the hearts of “very patriotic” and “pro-America” folks in America’s heartland. As she put it: “This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans. Those who are running our factories and teaching our kids and growing our food and are fighting our wars for us. Those who are protecting us in uniform. Those who are protecting the virtues of freedom.”

Since when are courage and kindness virtues exclusive to small towns? (For that matter, is Greensboro, the third-largest city in its state, really a small town?) Those brave firefighters and ordinary folks whose courage we rightly admired on Sept. 11 were from New York, so presumably they don’t count. Then there’s that weird us vs. them stuff popping up in the unlikeliest way — “fighting our wars for us”? If Palin wants to divide and conquer, she’d better get it straight who “we” are.

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