You know, we hear a lot of guff from the American Left about how insular rural areas of Red States can be. But I gotta tell you: speaking as a transplanted Northeasterner, listen to some of those progressives in Vermont and it's like you're in a time warp back to 1830 and the Know-Nothing Party.
This is from a recent town hall in Cabot, VT: basically, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Commie*, Vermont) had to stand at a podium and listen to a heck of a lot of angry Vermonter anti-Semites scream about Israel, to the point where he started screaming back about halfway through. Amazingly, from the aforementioned anti-Semites' right. Heck of a thing when that guy's the least vile person talking.
As you might guess from that, I have no sympathy for Bernie Sanders, mind you - these are his people, after all; he wants their votes, terrifyingly - but I have even less sympathy for people who scream 'F*ck Israel,' and who claim that Hamas is a service organization. And when I say I have no sympathy for either Sanders or his critics, I mean it: it is highly irresponsible for the Senator to pretend that Israel is somehow magically required to ignore their own security needs when it comes to foreign affairs. And If the Palestinians want peace, then they should start by shooting the people using them as human shields.
One last point, to the Jew-hating progressive who was apparently shocked to hear the statement that Hamas calls for the death of Israel: it's their damned theme song, you fool. And, yes, I mean that in the theological sense.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: The person who passed this along to me noted that this is why he moved from Vermont. Something about wanting to raise his kids in a state that doesn't reflexively align with terrorists who are known to use children as human shields. Can't say that I blame him much for that.
*Excuse me: "Democratic Socialist."