I am from a small town in Iowa deep in flyover country. My home town is 50 miles from the nearest Walmart. It is 30 miles from the nearest McDonalds. As far as I can tell, all of my American-born ancestors were born in Iowa.
I am the son of a high school dropout. He made his living as a carpenter. I am from a broken home. I had two stepfathers as a child. Each was abusive in his own way. One was violent. I was a bit of a juvenile delinquent.
I served in the Army as an infantryman and a paratrooper. I served in combat. I went to college on the GI Bill.
I run a business with 54 employees, about 50 of which are blue collar.
At no point in my adult life did I not drive a pickup as my primary vehicle.
I am a council member in my 160 year old Lutheran congregation. I am an officer in my American Legion post. My wife is the president of the PTO at the middle school.
I can see cattle graze from the front step of my house.