The following interviews were taped in Mississippi by Alexandra Pelosi for the HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher." When you watch it, you begin to understand quite clearly that there is not one America, but two. The first America is the one that I live in. It's located on the coasts and along the Great Lakes and has citizens who are fairly well educated, somewhat secular, relatively tolerant of differences, and who for the most part believe that government has at least some role to play in ensuring a minimal degree of equality and fairness among its inhabitants.
Then there's the other America that Pelosi captures in her video. This is the America of the heartlands and the Bible Belt and is filled with some of the poorest, least educated folks in the country. It also the place where people--let's not call them citizens, because to be a citizen implies some appreciation for the concept of the common good--have been persuaded to blame government (and liberal New Yorkers) for all their material woes and who are waiting with tremendous longing for the rapture to lift them out of this "veil of tears" that we call earthly existence.
All I can say is thank God I live in the first America.