President Obama and his supporters blow smoke at many of these hard-working people.
He spoke dismissively of rural Americans, for example, when speaking to Hollywood supporters in his first campaign.
Lack of jobs, he said, makes it "not surprising that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them . . . . as a way to explain their frustrations."
The president's supporters betray the same contempt for anyone who disagrees with them.
An "analysis" in the New York Times, said of West Virginians, for example:
"The state is rural, culturally conservative and religious. Of the 50 states, West Virginia has the highest share of gun owners, the third-oldest median age, and one of the least diverse and least-educated populations - all variables associated with Republican Party affiliation."
This begs the question: What are Obama and "progressive" Democrats, then?
Let me try:
Disdainful of religious people who not only help others as taxpayers but personally as well.
Contemptuous of the working people whose money Democrats think they alone are intelligent enough to spend.
Disconnected from how many Americans live.
Is it just possible that some of those power crews live in rural areas, go to church, and enjoy hunting in deer season?
Progressive Democrats ill-concealed contempt for hard-working, less-educated people deserves contempt in its own right.
There's nothing liberal about thinking you should control other people's money.
Yet Democrats assert that they should distribute tax dollars and direct Americans' activities because they alone are qualified to do so.
This is un-American, alien to the idea of government "of the people, by the people, for the people."
I hope Americans make that clear this fall.
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 384-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.