Regarding Sunday's article "UW prof’s rural insights garner national notice," about Kathy Cramer and her book:
What are these values that rural voters are talking about? I believe in working hard, respecting and loving your spouse, raising, educating and teaching your children to be productive members of society, and respect for others. Since the people in rural Wisconsin voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, who is a narcissist and liar who disrespects women and constantly cheats his workers out of money that is owed them, I can only assume those are the values they admire.
The Republicans have completely owned this state for the last six years, and my question to those in rural areas is this: Name one thing they have done in this time that has had a positive, personal and lasting effect on your lives.
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These rural voters seem to be obsessed with jealousy and envy of those who make more money, have better jobs, work harder and have happier lives than they do. That seems to be why the title of Cramer’s book is “The Politics of Resentment,” not “The Politics of Rural Wisconsin.”
Bill Folz, Madison