Just when you thought the culture at the University of California-Berkeley couldn’t get any more insufferably elitist, along comes Jackson Kernion, a grad student instructor at the college, and his ill-informed rant about every American who doesn’t live in a major metropolitan city. In a tweetstorm this week, Kernion said that rural Americans are awful people who deserve to pay high taxes and suffer economically for their poor life choices.
From Campus Reform:
Kernion began the thread by advocating against affordable healthcare solutions in rural America, saying that “Rural Healthcare Should be expensive! And that expense should be borne by those who choose rural America!”
He argued that promoting a need for “affordable rural healthcare” is equivalent to arguing for rural Americans “to be subsidized by those who choose a more efficient way of life.”
“Same goes for rural broadband. And gas taxes,” Kernion added.
“It should be uncomfortable to live in rural America. It should be uncomfortable to not move,” he wrote.
Kernion tried to justify his statements with economic arguments about not making rural life “*artificially* cheaper,” but quickly devolved into personal attacks against rural and not “pro-city” Americans.
“I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans. They, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions. Some, I assume are good people. But this nostalgia for some imagined pastoral way of life is stupid and we should shame people who aren’t pro-city,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
We’d love to see a survey of, say, Detroit citizens and see how many of them “chose” the “more efficient” way of life to be found in our nation’s cities. We’re sure you could find some, but most? A plurality? We doubt you could find more than 10% of people who made a conscious choice at all. They just found themselves there, either through birth or through a move they couldn’t control or because their job took them there. And guess what, Jackson – the same goes for 90% of Americans who live in rural areas.
It’s just funny how these leftists are suddenly all about embracing personal responsibility and life choices when it comes to attacking the people they hate. Gosh, we thought everyone was just a victim of their circumstances. But now we see how it is. You don’t choose to be gay, but you choose to be a straight white male. You don’t choose to be a Muslim, but you choose to be a Christian. You don’t choose to be an illegal immigrant, but you choose to be an ICE agent.
It’s a very interesting worldview, but we suppose people like Jackson Kernion didn’t choose to be liberal dodos, either.