If there was any doubt that the Democratic Party despises rural Americans, it was just cleared up. A graduate student instructor who has been teaching multiple philosophy courses at UC-Berkeley since 2013 has made it clear to his students (and the world at large) that, in his opinion, rural Americans are bad people and so deserve an uncomfortable life.
In a series of Twitter rants that were later deleted, Jackson Kernion said healthcare for rural Americans should be expensive and that people who choose to live outside cities should have to foot the bill. He later argued that rural Americans should pay outsized costs for gas and broadband, and then stated that rural Americans were bad people who made bad life decisions. Finally, he said that the “pastoral way of life” (whatever that means) is “stupid” and that people should be shamed if they aren’t “pro-city”.
Kernion later issued what was meant to be an apology. However, he only really apologized for the “tone” of his tweets rather than the fact that he had insulted hundreds of millions of Americans in a matter of minutes.
It’s odd that Kernion would consider rural Americans worthy of such contempt simply because they won’t embrace “efficient” city life. While it is true that the cities offer far more convenience than small, rural towns, America was founded as a free nation and people should have the right to live where they want.
As for healthcare, the far-left supposedly believes that it’s a right that should be available at no cost to every single person in the nation, including the undocumented. Why should rural Americans have to pay a high price to access it just because they don’t live in large cities? Furthermore, why would any intelligent individual want all rural Americans to move into the cities?
If everyone in rural cities and towns across the United States moved to large, metropolitan areas, the United States would lose its sizable farming industry and, with it, the ability to feed its population. Food is affordable, safe, and abundant in the United States thanks to the country’s farming industry.
At the same time, farm programs that support the nation’s food supply account for less than half of a percent of the United States budget while farming boosts the US GDP by 1% and the agricultural industry provides a whopping 22 million jobs. Making life “uncomfortable” for rural Americans to get them to move would rapidly make life “uncomfortable” for city dwellers who would quickly be faced with food shortages.
Granted, Kernion doesn’t bring politics into the question — at least not obviously. However, it’s hard to believe that he would hate rural Americans if they all voted for Hillary Clinton in the last election.