This essay deserves to be quoted in its entirety, but...go read Clifton Harris over at Cliff's Crib and give him the traffic. He deserves it. I'll excerpt it:
I cant take it anymore. I want to know when I am going to be considered a real American. I have been listening to the ass kissing of Main Street and red states and all the other buzzwords for what these people think is real America. I hereby declare that based on their criteria someone needs to hold a rally in the Lower Ninth Ward....
My family also contains a pastor, teachers, firemen, government employees and all kinds of other hard working professions. Going by the crap I see in the news everyday, I have the most American family you could have. We might represent American values more than most.
Why isnt anyone talking about how Cliff the Contractor is living in Memphis now because his neighborhood was destroyed? What about Walter the WWII veteran who was married for 69 years and left this world thinking his wife was comfortable only to have her house blow away? What about Geraldine the Housekeeper who paid the ultimate price because of her government failures? They are just as American if not more than Joe the Plumbers lying ass but hes getting all this publicity because Barack rolled up to his house. He should have been rolling up St. Claude St. a time or two since this campaign started but I guess he cant do that because the only way mainstream America will think hes acceptable is if he acts like they are more American than my All American family. I guess we dont matter because MSNBC already has our state in the red column. Maybe our hair is too kinky or our New Orleans accent is so thick it minimizes the true depth of our integrity.
There's more about Cliff's family there, and they sound like the kind of people that don't show up on Hardball, or Keith Olbermann, or Fox & Friends. And they're for-sure, mos-def, no-doubt the kind of people who didn't show up once during the presidential debates.