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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:17 AM

7. Wyoming? Conservative?

I'm originally from Wyoming ... I have lived in Colorado for a couple of decades-plus now.

I have family and many friends in Wyoming with whom I still visit and communicate.

'Conservative' is hardly the word to describe the politics and culture for the vast majority of Wyomingites.

It is a right-wing, reactionary cult existing in that state.

Sad to say that Wyoming is a pretty much self-isolated place ... there isn't any progressive radio, hardly any progressive publications of any sort, the Democratic Party balances on non-existence, peer pressure to be extreme right-wing is intense, etc.

Indeed, it is a weird experience to talk politics with my old high school pals who still live there -- I'm about the only person they know who voted for Obama; if it isn't on Fox 'News' they don't even know if something happened or not (nobody I know there knew about the Paul Ryan-soup kitchen incident, for example); right-wing conspiracy theories are not theories for a lot of these folks, they are accepted facts ... on and on.

Most people have no idea how separated certain pockets of Americans have become from even run-of-the-mill reactionary conservatives. At least in the case of Wyoming, we're only talking about half a million people.

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