If the anti-immigrant, anti-science right-wing Conservative option is central are they saying Moe is a leftist commie or something? https://t.co/PaTiQuNUAh pic.twitter.com/d1PZKCWuBC— M 🇺🇦 (@habpipes) March 2, 2023
But, maybe rural places are this angry. And if SK United can win four or five seats, then they're real players. If it can't, it is a blip and will have no permanent presence.— Charles Smith (@ProfSmithSask) March 3, 2023
Very funny that a conservative splinter party is calling themselves Sask United. Especially since the NDP has only really been successful there when there have been two centre-right parties splitting the vote.— Justin Leifso (@JustinLeifso) March 3, 2023
Mouseland lives! https://t.co/VvkGzEK7I8
Annie Laurie at Balloon Juice says:
Woman with an American flag in her bio calling for the violent breakup of the United States. These people have the self-awareness of a slice of ham. pic.twitter.com/v24ybDC19r— Mike Rothschild (no relation) (@rothschildmd) February 20, 2023
...Many people have pointed out that this idea was field-tested in the 1860s, and failed miserably....The fear / resentment of The City luring innocent young rural folk into its clutches is probably as old as the concept of cities. ...[but MRG has] additional sources of frustration. It’s not only practically impossible to home-school the offspring sufficiently strictly that they won’t eventually discover TikTok and Black / LGBTQ+ Twitter, but the Ones Who Get Away no longer disappear into a cloud of rumor and gossip; the Bad Girl, the Sissy Boy, the troublemakers are all over social media, utterly failing to understand the good Christianist values of shame and secrecy.And even inside the suburban boundaries, Those People are forcing their oppressive ‘tolerance’ and ‘inclusivity‘ on those — like MTG — who consider themselves entitled to set the standards of decent behavior. One hastily-uttered slur, one thoughtless assessment of a newcomer’s social status, and suddenly you’re the one being judged!
But in discussing Nichols' point, a commenter on Balloon Juice says the issue is more complicated than that:
In part, as I explain in my last book, it's because people now have an *awareness* of how other people live, and the dominant culture in America is rapidly becoming a coastal entertainment/ politics /etc culture. This isn't about money, it's about *resentment* /2— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) February 20, 2023
...it is more that rural life keeps getting tougher and tougher due to forces outside their control.Big ag consolidation makes farming more difficult. Corporations close outlets and factories in small towns. In this particular farm they lost their New Holland farm equipment manufacturing factory and also the nice IGA grocery and are now down to a Dollar General. And environmental regulations keep increasing for things like manure management.Whether fair or not, ALL of those things are viewed as urban encroachments because they are decisions being made in the big cities far away. The fact that your local IGA closed has noting to do with blue politics in the city. But it was some corporate city types who made that decision.And they resent it because it all happens completely outside their control. And in a sense they are right.Rural America was once very local, all the businesses were local, and the small towns were thriving, or at least prosperous. All that has changed with corporate consolidation of every sector of the economy. Big forces completely outside their control that yes, do come from the cities to the extent that big corporations are headquartered in the cities and such decisions are made by MBA and finance twits from Ivy League universities who have never gotten their loafers dirty.
Tom Nichol’s self-congratulatory diagnosis of Flyover Country pathologies... needs a bit of pushback, IMO....None of this is to excuse rural/small town prejudices, small-mindedness, insularity and self-wounding pathologies, which definitely exist! My point is the explanation isn’t as simple as Nichols suggests, i.e., envy-based resentment. If we’re ever to address it, the solutions will have to be more nuanced than compulsory urban walking tours for dumb hayseeds.
The mythology of forgotten rural America is so overwrought. You aren’t allowed to write about suffering in urban America in these terms because we’ve defined it as a failure of self-determination. In rural communities, people are allowed to blame the government for everything. https://t.co/bgpdcBY7G7— Kris Wernowsky (@kriswernowsky) February 24, 2023
I was in the Visitor’s Gallery today for this vote. When the Speaker asked for all opposed to stand (meaning the MLAs), close to a hundred people sitting in the gallery also rose. Govt passed this in defiance of clear, overwhelming opposition from Métis and FN. https://t.co/SUI6LCZh5Y— Janice Braden 🇺🇦 (@JL_Braden) March 17, 2023
FSIN plans legal action to oppose the Saskatchewan First Act. First Nations leaders say the province doesn't have the legal authority to assert exclusive jurisdiction over natural resources as Treaties with First Nations take precedence.— FSIN (@fsinations) March 16, 2023
The Sask. First Act confirms the province’s jurisdiction over its natural resources, putting it on a legal collision course with First Nations, who have inherent treaty rights over their traditional territories and resources | @DaniParadis | @FraserNeedhamhttps://t.co/gCtQ82UICN— APTN News (@APTNNews) March 17, 2023
StarPhoenix columnist Murray Mandrake says:
Stephen Harper’s own deputy chief of staff described the Saskatchewan First Act as “the literary equivalent of a baby's highchair after a spaghetti dinner”. #sask #skpoli https://t.co/Op2vm2tLDN— Schmutzie 🦉 (@schmutzie) March 18, 2023
Even before Eyre’s perceived condescension during the bill debate, Métis and First Nations leaders clamouring for nation-to-nation consultation were already upset with the government over its failure on duty to consult on Crown land sales and other issues like northern suicides.Now adding to that is the government’s decision during bill debate to dismiss an amendment from NDP justice critic Nicole Sarauer, calling for First Nations and Métis representation on the Saskatchewan First bill’s tribunal that will be struck to determine “economic harm” of federal policies.And then there was the government’s own afterthought amendment to the bill, moved by Athabasca MLA Jim Lemairgre, to ensure treaty rights were at least recognized in this constitutional legislation.“It will likely end up in the courts and we’ll see how constitutional it is,” a disgusted LeClair told reporters.It’s no small irony that First Nations and Métis people feel they have been clobbered by that political and judicial tool Eyre is now swinging at the feds.
Here's the whole Hitchhiker's Guide excerpt:
#skpoli #SaskParty consulting First Nations, be like: (click to see whole image) pic.twitter.com/DsSlF2Tcr5— Michelle Purdie (@MichellePurdie7) March 18, 2023
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