- New England is known for its town meetings. I have attended them in my town. They are democracy, pure and simple. Nothing else can describe it. Issues are discussed and voted on.
It shows, too, with the people who live there. I met a lot of them when I lived in NH and MA, and visited the rest of NE.
No surprise to me that mostly have great healthcare, great universities, great cities and towns, and great Senators like Bernie. (It do get cold in the winter for Texas boys, though!)
But then, in NE they never had as many slaves to look down on. Like LBJ said after seeing some racist graphite at a political rally:
Yet by the time Johnson became president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, he was ready to plow all of his political capital to the passage of the civil rights legislation initiated by his predecessor.
By most accounts, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 couldn't have become law when it did had not LBJ personally wheedled, cajoled, and shamed his former colleagues in the House and Senate into voting for it.
One of the secrets of his success was the ability to speak the racially insensitive language of his fellow Southerners. He understood them. He understood their reluctance and in some cases downright refusal to tear down the walls of racial segregation. He knew racism from the inside,
>>>>> and he knew well the role the rich and powerful played in promulgating it.