It's important to me to be understood as someone who writes a personal blog based out of Pacific
County with the un-urban title of Willapa Magazine.
The viewpoint from Willapa Bay is about as rural as you can get - the only difference between
the rurality of the SW Washington Coast and that of Eastern Washington is the presence of salty water out here.
Rural Washington is a place where scramble and struggle come with the territory,
where $3.25 a gallon is a disaster if one needs to drive more than ten miles for groceries or
get to work;
and where the loss of a loved one to a war someplace on the other side of the left coast
and Jesus' evangelical heartland is a heavy burden to handle in the loneliness of a military funeral, 21-gun salutes and condolences
offered by people who bought the lies and supported the deceivers.
Lietta and I moved out of Bellevue the first chance we got with an employment transfer to rural
America and we've never looked back and we ain't going back neither.
So no, our thoughts aren't generated out of King County no matter how much fun we have when
we visit and how many wonderful people we encounter and with whom we find mutual support
But we ain't urban sophisticates
and we ain't stupid just because we ain't urbane.
Washblog founder, Brian Moran, invited me to join because he wanted voices from all over the
state. Well, Brian gets what he wanted from me.
Lietta's and my running joke about driving 3 hours one way to speak, sit-in or just plain rally
is truly an act of long distance patriotism. It's trying to change the spark plugs from the area of the tail pipe. Pacific
County's recent voting pattern precludes folks from saying that Pac County is a red county but I'll tell you ...
Pac county is far from urbane, liberal, soft on crime, certainly not reluctant to put a flag
up on every other corner, mention the Lord in public and quote a Bible verse or two.
I grew up in a rural town and community in the Mormon part of Idaho that has a smaller population
than Pac County and I'm doing all this whining to underline one simple but hard fact.
I'm writing a political opinion that thrives in rural small-town America. As much as I love
the city folks who write here, I'm also struck by those who write from Eastern Washington (take that McRanium and Gibney!).
City folks and urbane political dabblers do not inform my opinions and I think they've
figured out that they waste their time when they try to use political logic on a narrow-minded old curmudgeon.
Rural Washington sure as hell ain't Kansas and whatever is wrong with Kansas isn't wrong with
The Seattle Times article mentioned my name and my opinion. But ya know what?
I'm the one, not Dwight Pelz nor Dave Postman, who determines why I vote the way I do and how
and in what form I support my candidates.
Truth of the matter is, unlike the urbanites, I'm not excited about public speeches and advocacies
I am interested and willing however, to mail my opinions to small town papers, take my voice
and opinions to red counties and speak on behalf of Maria Cantwell to the rest of rural Washington. I'll be happy to explain
why she's the best qualified to be Senator - if she makes a serious attempt to prove me right.
And as someone else has written, should Maria find a way to recognize or reconcile an earlier
misjudgement with this contemporary circumstance in which her judgement ought not be doubted further, I'll pick a fight with
any rethuglican swift-bloat frauds pretending otherwise. I'll do more than just vote for her.
© Arthur Ruger 2006