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This piece about a young country girl who goes away to college and returns as a flaming leftist is one of the more depressing things you’ll read today.  I’m unsure if the author, Stephanie McCrummen, realizes how condescending and utterly offensive this is.  This “teenager” went away to the big city and found “wisdom,” and comes back to her ignorant parents, siblings and former friends who are enjoying a county fait and just don’t get it.  Trump is evil.  Illegal immigration is good.  Racism and ignorance are under every rock.

But don’t take my word for it.  This is how the piece begins:

It was the first full day of the Clark County Fair, and over at the concession stand Emily Reyes was reading the novel “Ulysses,” raising her head every few paragraphs to look out through the window.

Same as ever, she thought. The old oaks along the midway. Ron from the Lions Club with the ice cream tent. Marvis selling tickets in the shade of the grandstand, where the demolition derby was the biggest draw. Emily’s younger brother Cyrus was going to be in it — Cyrus, who, along with her parents and most of Clark County had voted for Donald Trump, a reality Emily was now preparing herself to face.

She was 22 and home from a liberal-arts college near Kansas City, where she had majored in English and cross-cultural studies, spent a semester in Germany, worked a summer with refugees in Greece, and met and married a Guatemalan man who would be arriving tomorrow. She kept reminding people that she was Emily Reyes and no longer Emily Phillips — “Yes, Ray-ez,” she kept saying. “It means kings in Spanish, so I’m royalty now.”

Her father liked to say that his daughter had attained “peak enlightenment,” a sarcastic jab that Emily knew pointed to a larger truth. Her worldview had changed since she left Kahoka. She had voted against Trump. She had become increasingly worried about the country since the election. And at a moment when the phrase “cold civil war” was being used to describe the nation’s seemingly irreconcilable differences, coming home was beginning to feel like crossing over to the other side.

This is the the thinking that is leading to the pending civil war.  This is what will pit brother against brother.  Sigh…

Good grief!  Crossing over to the other side?  Is America like the Sunnis and the Shiites now?  The pieces goes on to describe how she can no longer relate to those who gave her everything… and gave everything for her.  Her family and community has been replaced by new friends in college and professors…  you know the people reinforcing the idea that her parents and small town are all bigots.

College has become primarily a place of indoctrination, not free-thinking; the media has become a main instrument of polarization. I hope one day, Emily looks back at this piece and regrets the way she mischaracterized her family and community.  And I hope, one day, they’ll forgive her.

America can’t survive this level of vitriol.

Hat Tip: Washington Post

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About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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