Stuck in Teabagging Idaho: HELP!

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It’s a state where Blacks own 0.2% of all businesses. Hispanics own 2.6%. The population is 84% White. But that’s not really news, we’d expect these demographics from a state where Larry Craig once graced the U.S. Senate with his presence. It’s a state where taxes are “bad” but farm subsidies are fine. This is predictable rhetoric from Idaho. But really, what’s it like to live there?

It’s common to see controversial religious proclamations like this as mainstream

Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School

This is at this Catholic school where subtlety is certainly not their strong suit

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But don’t worry. They’re on Facebook and the banner does say “all are welcome.” They must be pretty tolerant and have a modern perspective, right?

Hardly. The Central Idaho Post, a free paper in Grangeville, Idaho has “In God We Trust” right at the top of their front page, so we’ve already eliminated all those pesky atheists. Phew. Their right-wing views are presented as fact. The Post’s political position is made very clear by the use of the terms “constitution-hating liberals,” Sharia Law or the assertion unions have outlived their usefulness (see below.) With the Sharia Law comments, I suppose anyone affiliated with Islam isn’t welcome either. Occupy Wall Street is clearly a Communist Movement. Grangeville is the Tea Party version of heaven on Earth. Here’s a page two “editorial” from one of the paper’s freelance journalists:

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Central Idaho Post

That’s a small sample of the newspaper my father-in-law must look at to get his local news. He is an outdoorsman, a lover of nature and a hunter, like most rural Idahoans. He was once a prominent businessman and leader in town. However, he’s not a Teabagger, a hate-monger or a Republican. He’s a rare breed. He’s incredibly well-read and a LIBERAL! (gasp!!) As a resident of Grangeville for over 20 years, he’s gradually become accustomed to keeping his distance from local narrow-minded political affairs. The crazy in Grangeville has gotten worse by the year. Liberals are obviously a minority in a state where only 22.6% of its residents are college graduates. (Traditionally, education is not the strong suit of most suspicious, hate-mongering Republicans.) He knows there’s no point engaging in any sort of meaningful dialogue. Their minds are made up. That damned Socialist Muslim in the White House is ruining our America! It’s as if they are living in the early nineteenth century, a time when women knew their place and slavery was the law of the land.

A common editorial figure in the Central Idaho Post is Douglas V. Gibbs, self-proclaimed “Constitutional Defender.” Here’s an excerpt from his writings: Leftists refuse to accept the true nature of Islamism, which is more like Nazism or Communism, than a religion of peace. The enemy will not be content to beat us down on our own soil, and take over a certain amount of turf. The Islamists will come after us with vengeance as they have pledged time and time again….As the liberal left spreads its politically correct doctrine to the detriment of this nation, we are bending over backwards to accommodate our enemy’s counterparts here in the United States. He uses the term “Democrat Congress” as often as possible. That’s apparently a Teabagger insult towards anyone who’s to the left of their corporate fascist way of thinking. He also fails to mention that President Obama took down Osama Bin Laden, not George W. Bush.

It’s no wonder my father-in-law is looking to move to another state, preferably Oregon, a far more Blue state. Idaho has some of the most beautiful scenery and enjoys natural serenity unparalleled anywhere in the nation. However, the vitriolic rhetoric spewed by the mainstream in its most rural areas is far from peaceful. It’s downright terrifying.

Post election 2012: One Idaho lawmaker is vying for states to disregard the electoral college and as of November 27th is still pulling for a Romney victory. Idaho has much evolving to do!

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6 thoughts on “Stuck in Teabagging Idaho: HELP!

  1. Yep, Idaho is what I call “bloody” red.. not just a red state. They take pleasure in killing wolves for fun, hating blacks, indians, hispanics~ well, Hate is the key word here…they hate. Not everyone..I know some good people here who don’t believe all this hate and judging everyone stuff. But, like your father, we are moving to Oregon. As soon as we can. BTW, the Coeur d’alene Press Newspaper’s weather reporter is a self proclaimed, bragging about it, Teapartier. And that newspaper lets him make claims about the so called climate change hoax… he does not believe it exists. Another thing, according to my Farmer’s Ins gal, I could get shot for wearing Obama for Pres. buttons to town. It’s very scary and I’m afraid, it’ll get worse.

  2. Perhaps you guys could caravan together to Oregon. We have plenty of self-proclaimed tea baggers in Nevada. They’re just not in control of EVERYTHING. Thankfully.

  3. This Same Bigotry in the Senate with Mitch McConnell & the House with Boehner – is in Many States. This is the kind of TRASH That’s been running Cities, States & the Country for Centries. Thank GOD a CHANGE Is Taking Place & we can See Through All the Lies and Bigotry. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THE CHANGES – THAT MUST BE MADE!

  4. Looking at the first five post responses I can really empathize. I live in NC was born in Florida. Fla is racist as it gets,well the competition, tough Ga,Ala,Sc etc . NC is more red-neck not much confederate flag waving red-neck just ignorant of much beyond their neighborhood. I don’t see overt racism in NC. We did go blue in 2008 – first time in 3212 years .lol I lived thru the hell of Jesse Helms. We have a lot of people moving here from the north, diluting the mega-red of the past.
    Stuck in the bible belt. I am not anti religion but I don’t believe in religions or gods and don’t want others beliefs to control issues. churchState

    I feel for your father-in-law. He must be a pure oddity in his town. Obviously he has the character to let it roll off his back. Utah is a beautiful place to visit , Oregon too, but I am parking it on a the NC coast.

    I just hope we can flush the remaining teabaggers down the drain in 2014

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