A Conservative Respite in Flyover Country

by Christopher Harper | September 6th, 2016

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A Conservative Respite in Flyover Country

Fly­over coun­try may not be the bat­tle­ground for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, but there are many lessons the can­di­dates could learn from the Midwest.

Over Labor Day week­end, I trav­eled through South Dakota, Min­nesota and Iowa. I found almost every­one I talked to held con­ser­v­a­tive viewpoints.

That shouldn’t come as a sur­prise, but I only speak in whis­pers about my view­points in my home of Philadel­phia, a city dom­i­nated by leftists.

At a party, I met some­one whose busi­ness card proudly dis­plays his email address from rea​gan​.com. At the same soirée, I talked with two old friends from high school. One of them is a promi­nent busi­ness­man in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The other is a pedi­a­tri­cian in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Nei­ther one embraces the can­di­dacy of Don­ald Trump but will likely vote for him given the alternative.

The busi­ness­man com­plained about the government’s heavy hand in reg­u­lat­ing his huge enter­prise, which started as a string of phar­ma­cies and now has dozens of retail stores through­out the Mid­west. He’s amazed at how inef­fec­tively the gov­ern­ment per­forms its duties and how it spends money with­out much plan­ning. If his oper­a­tion were so inef­fi­cient and costly, he said he’d be out of business.

The physi­cian noted that his prac­tice saw fewer patients because the doc­tors spent so much time meet­ing gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions. He has to pre­scribe numer­ous unnec­es­sary tests just to pro­tect him­self from lawsuits.

Both of them asked me why col­leges cost so much to attend. The prob­lem at my school and oth­ers, I told them, was sim­i­lar to their com­plaints: exces­sive gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion. The admin­is­tra­tive struc­ture has almost dou­bled in the time I started teach­ing because of gov­ern­ment over­sight and rules. Because of their inef­fi­ciency, some col­leges may be pric­ing them­selves out of existence.

The pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates would be well served if they actu­ally lis­tened to the issues on the minds of peo­ple in fly­over coun­try. What­ever the case, I cer­tainly felt ener­gized by my visit.


Christo­pher Harper, a long­time jour­nal­ist with The Asso­ci­ated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Wash­ing­ton Times, teaches media law. Read more at www​.media​mashup​.org

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Flyover country may not be the battleground for the presidential election, but there are many lessons the candidates could learn from the Midwest.

Over Labor Day weekend, I traveled through South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. I found almost everyone I talked to held conservative viewpoints.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I only speak in whispers about my viewpoints in my home of Philadelphia, a city dominated by leftists.

At a party, I met someone whose business card proudly displays his email address from reagan.com. At the same soiree, I talked with two old friends from high school. One of them is a prominent businessman in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The other is a pediatrician in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Neither one embraces the candidacy of Donald Trump but will likely vote for him given the alternative.

The businessman complained about the government’s heavy hand in regulating his huge enterprise, which started as a string of pharmacies and now has dozens of retail stores throughout the Midwest. He’s amazed at how ineffectively the government performs its duties and how it spends money without much planning. If his operation were so inefficient and costly, he said he’d be out of business.

The physician noted that his practice saw fewer patients because the doctors spent so much time meeting government regulations. He has to prescribe numerous unnecessary tests just to protect himself from lawsuits.

Both of them asked me why colleges cost so much to attend. The problem at my school and others, I told them, was similar to their complaints: excessive government regulation. The administrative structure has almost doubled in the time I started teaching because of government oversight and rules. Because of their inefficiency, some colleges may be pricing themselves out of existence.

The presidential candidates would be well served if they actually listened to the issues on the minds of people in flyover country. Whatever the case, I certainly felt energized by my visit.


Christopher Harper, a longtime journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law. Read more at www.mediamashup.org

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