Explaining the Midwest

In the aftermath of last November’s election, the big TV and radio networks sent their Washington reporters out to the Midwest and South to find out about this America thing they’ve been hearing about, because there wasn’t a reporter in the Midwest who could’ve explained what’s going on there to the rest of the country. Not one. Anywhere.

Until now.

A Missouri TV talk show host has taken on the task.

Listen up, coasts.

(h/t: Regina McCombs)

  • Keith P.

    “…Missouri’s skin flap!”

  • mnboy67

    I needed that at the end of the day, thanks Bob.

  • lindblomeagles

    In all seriousness, the Midwest, prior to the 1990s, had A LOT of small towns, almost ZERO diversity (with the exception of major cities, e.g. Chicago, Kansas City, Saint Louis, Detroit, the Twin Cities, and Cleveland), and little need for the federal government. Since the 1900s, the Midwest has lost a lot of its Euro-centric population to Midwestern cities and suburbs, and (sometimes) other regions. It has gained, however slowly, more brown people, especially Latin Americans, in the last two decades. It is unable to grow its best job, farming, because agrarian land has concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, while rising tremendously in cost per acre. It has become dependent on Farm Aid FROM the federal government, as well as surplus exports to other countries through International Aid and Trade Agreements. It has been subject to greater state and federal regulations to promote, increase, and sustain environment and food and water quality. And it relies on roads and cars for recreational and civic uses more than the coasts do. Like the Pre-Civil Rights’ South, the Midwest, despite its Euro-population declines and its growing reliance on the federal government, missed the era of change that was occurring along the coasts. They’ve grown fond and proud of what they used to be, and want to maintain that for as long as possible. And yet, change is coming to the Midwest for similar reasons it came to the South. The power that once remained in the hands of a few Southern planters now is in the hands of a few Midwestern farmers. The sons and daughters from these communities, have been moving to where the jobs are, in suburban and urban America. This has created a void in the Midwestern economy, and that void is filled by immigration. As environmental issues, such as drought from warming temperatures, soil exhaustion from early planting, and shrinking reservoirs of drinking water due to population increases, expand, the Midwest will come under more federal government control, causing more friction between the Midwest and the feds.

  • dave

    How many inside the belt-way really understood how a reasonable person could be torn between Bernie Sanders and Trump?

    How many could NOT figure out why Jesse Ventura won?

    Hint: the vote for “none of the above”

    • Daisy McKinley

      I’m a reasonable person from Minnesota (born and raised on a farm) and I can’t understand how one could be torn between Bernie and Trump! I do get why Ventura won, tho…people just wanted ‘change’ and lived to regret it.

  • MrE85

    This should play well in East Dakota and West Dakota.

  • Aaron Brown

    The intro/Outro music is the default “news theme” from Apple’s Garage Band software. High level trolling. Well done.

  • Paul

    How states with an Eastern time zone are considered anything-west still baffles me.