God, I hate the Left Behind books, and I've read six of them!
Also, Drew Carey replaced Bob Barker on the Price Is Right, and his run so far can charitably be described as controversial. I haven't watched Oprah, but that's because she's a very smart lady who is also a quack who pushes fringe science and pseudo-spirtual bullshit on her audience for every time she yanks Cormac McCarthy out of solitude for an interview or smacks down James Frey.
I grew up in a small town in the rust belt, but I DID go to an elite private high school. Since I started working full-time in 2005, I haven't made more than 20 thousand dollars a year, which I guess puts me below the poverty line. I've worked in rural America, in towns with one stoplight and in inner-city schools like in Akron, Ohio. I like country music and Budweiser to go with my penchant for the New Pornographers and Jameson's.
I also disagreed with the war on Iraq, am a miltant supporter of women's and gay rights, and describe myself as "liberal." And yeah, I watch Mad Men, live in a nice Jew York, my best friend's a lawyer, and I'm dating a law student.
But what sets me is that I'm not satisfied with my station in life. I want more, and I want a better life than the one I have right now. That's the reason why I'm going back to college to complete my degree after six years. I could work retail or outdoor education for the rest of my life -- but I don't want that for myself, and I'm going to work just as hard as someone on the factory floor to get it. I agree with Richard -- that's the American dream, and that makes me just as much an American as people who like Tim LaHaye.
In short: Go fuck yourself. Goddamn I'm mad now.