I do love my local community in Vermont but people here just do not read. The local used book store is at the whim of local tastses . Few people here have heard of Ronald Radosh or Richard Poe. I took the plunge and ventured to tghe local book store in Burlington.
I am amazed at the subtle variation on my familiar store. There were about six rows of books on New Age religion and a tiny section on Islam . I did find Robert Spencers book there and purchased it but no Bat Yeor or Fred Isaac. I found loads of Conservative books for under six dollars. I did find Radoshs new book and Sowels latest.
Scooter and I ventured into the local county fair. The wrestlers were smaller then me
and I wanted to enter the scooter in the tractor pull. There was a parade of John Deere tractors from the fifties , The locals tried to get me to milk a cow but there are just somethings this NYC resident will not do. No matter what the locals say I will never get used to the smell of dung.
The locals picked up quickly that I was a NYC resident. Scooter tells me it is the confident walk and not wearing a hat. Inevitably the coversation turned to 9-11 and a local man back from Iraq wanted to talk about 9-11 and we conversed and about thirty or so people just listened . I thanked him for the great job and we did talk about Iraq. Do not believe all the negativity in the press.
Vermont is a wonderful place but I miss the Strand Bookstore and the libraries. The only thing I do not miss is the Union Square Crowd. They talk about Vermont as a liberal utopia but do not know a thing about this state. Bernie Sanders , Ben and Jerry and Howard Dean are transplants. They are hardly typical of the exchanges I have had with the locals. The locals are not as far left as the insane transplants I described. Vermont is more then Burlington and people should venture into the smaller towns spend cash and listen.
First of all Bernie Sanders is popular because he brings back pork and is in touch with his constituents. His constituents really do not pay attention to the insane talk as long as local matters (pork) are dealt with. In reality he says less insane bs then Charles Rangel, Barney Frank or John Conyers. Part of being a Rep is serving his constituents and he excells in that role. Remember most politics are local and liberals like Daschle and Gore forgot the first rule of Washington. Remember who sent you to DC and your local community is far more important then pleasing eggheads on college faculty and special interest groups.