A Case Study For The Country At Large Essays

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Frank also argues that Kansas is a case study for the country at large. For example, Frank writes that “What divides Americans is authenticity, not something hard and ugly like economics,” so the average American is likely to vote based on whether or not politicians come across as genuine to them (Frank, 27). In the case of Kansas, it becomes a bit more complicated: “Regardless of the social position they actually enjoy, they are all to the farmhouse born. Even bankers and oilmen, if they come from Kansas, carry with them the coveted authenticity of the real American” (Frank, 30). Despite Kansas’ populist past, the average voter is likely to perceive politicians based on where they come from, rather than thinking of an Ivy-league educated Kansas Senator as a Washington elite. So long as the politician is from Kansas, they are likely to avoid the question of elitism, if they can act the part. Similarly, the Christian Right often acts in the same way, specifically when Frank describes a Wichita voter: “I don’t worry too much about who’s in control because I think God is in control,’ […] ‘But I’d rather have a Christian in there.’” (Frank, 190). The value issue is apparent in both cases. Kansas voters would rather feel that their values are being represented in a Kansas-born Christian politician, than delve deeper into their policy proposals. In the country at large, it was argued by conservatives that “It was liberals, those ‘big people’ in Washington, who got the blame for…

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