University of Maryland’s Carol Graham, who wasn’t a study author but did review some chapters, said the report mimics what she sees in the American rural areas, where her research shows poor whites have a deeper lack of hope, which she connects to rises in addictions to painkillers and suicide among that group.
“There is deep misery in the heartland,” Graham, author of the book “The Pursuit of Happiness,” wrote in an email.
That's strange. I could've sworn there was this conservative image of the
heartland as a place of simple wisdom and a purpose-filled life stemming from shared traditional religious/family values.
The kind of place where a typical God-fearing American family of Jesse, Nikki, Jethro, Jim Bob, Billy Ray, Jeff Davis, and Jimmy Bean can grow up and learn about how God created all humanity, cursed the descendants of Ham with black skin, then sent down Jesus to write the Constitution and drive out the Mexicans. The kind of place where you can proudly wave the American flag, the actual American flag (the stars and bars), and squeeze off a couple shots from your piece without getting any dirty looks from no hippie pinko piece of crap traitor. USA USA USA!
How could it possibly be the case that such people aren't well-adjusted?