Ridge Runner: a term often used in obloquy to define those that live in mountainous areas.
Wikipedia—the free online but highly slanted to liberal sensibilities encyclopedia—offers the following:
“Ridgerunner” is a nickname for people from the higher parts of mountainous areas in the Southeastern United States, especially the Appalachians. However, it has significantly different meanings from one State to another. The name has been used of people from some parts of: Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma. […]
In Eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia and western Virginia, the term Ridgerunner originally referred specifically to a transporter of illegal moonshine liquor. They were said to “run the ridges” with their illicit cargo to bypass the roads down in the hollows where law enforcement officers might find them.
The hill country along the border lands of South West Missouri and North West Arkansas are characterized by high ridges separated by deep, narrow, and winding valleys. Early settlers found the ridge tops to be the path of least resistance when blazing farm to market routes out of the wilderness; in time the established trails became the foundation for public right of way and the highway infrastructure that exists in the region today.
The poor soil conditions found on these ridge tops led most settlers to avoid the area and search out lands more conducive to farming, thereby creating a sparsely settled area that was ideal for those more independent souls that shunned populated areas. Using subsistence farming techniques as well as often living off the land; hunting the then plentiful wildlife and fishing the streams and rivers, these fiercely self-reliant people eked out a living that usually was far from prosperous but one they would never dream of trading for a life in a crowded city.
In those years when the Twentieth Century was in its infancy; preceding the Great Depression era, the emerging upper middle class as well asmany of the elitists of the day, discovered the joys of camping, hunting and fishing in the as-yet undeveloped and wild regions of North America. To the gentry of mid-western cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City; the Ozarks was a gem of an oasis practically right in their backyards. Gentile sports people flocked to the rivers and woods in the hills searching for a bit of the same freedoms derived from free living that the the locals accepted as part of life.
Among those gentile folks were found journalists, who like their counterparts of our modern era, found some kind of self gratification through the stereotyping of those that they smugly felt superior to. They tried to show their superiority over the uncouth and uneducated lout living in the hills, but all they did was to demonstrate for posterity their cultural biases and bigotry. Thus was born the image of the Ozarks Hillbilly, the Ridge Runner, the rugged individualist that resided in the region.
Until relatively recently—like the curious flocking to the Zoo to see a wild but caged animal—tourists came to Branson and other such destinations in the region and would often ask a local; “Where can I see a Hillbilly?” The local, a native son or daughter, would consider saying something rude while informing the tourist that they were in fact speaking to an actual Hillbilly. But the ingrained sense of politeness taught to them by their elders would prevail and the local would steer the tourist to the most likely place to observe that which they sought—a local music theater where the cast comedian was costumed to appear as the caricature created a century ago by so called gentile journalists.
Ridge Runner, is a term as a slur to demean the hill people, but it is a term worn as a badge of honor by those of us who either were born here or have made this region our home for two or more score years. And we harbor no animosity to those that hurl that slur our way as we know they do so because they have never been blessed to live in God’s hill country. In fact we stand in solidarity with our cousins who have been so unfortunate as to have to live in the flat lands or the suburbs surrounding the big cities where their neighbors are not unlike those same hypocritical elitists who showed their biases, bigotry, and intolerance of the individualist who felt disdain for their ways.
Historically, some of the counties in the southern tier of Missouri have never ever elected a Democrat to local office. Apparently our cousins in the flat lands and cities have become woke to that which the Ridge Runner held as a truth, the distrust of Democrats and their elitist enablers. This supposition is supported by looking at the recent maps detailing Republican versus Democrat held counties in America.
Like our cousins—our brothers and sisters—living in those counties colored in red, we are greatly concerned about the acts perpetuated by the so called elites of the blue counties during the last several years. We like our way of life and for the most part are willing to agree that our neighbors are free to live in a manner to suit their sensibilities; but we quickly become enraged when those feigning superiority seek to upend our way of life due to some faux and contrived issue. That outrage, is the impetus behind the Ridge Runner Gazette, to educate those of the Ozark Mountain region to the changes being foisted upon them by the Marxists who have hijacked the democratic party.
Local media often simply fails to represent the majority of their clientele; the readers of the printed news and viewers of televised and news media. We see in their words—written and spoken—not unbiased reporting intended to inform but rather propaganda designed to influence hearts and minds to accept the actions of the elitist classes.
Outraged at the mainstream media, alternatives have sprouted up in recent years. From large operations that can now be found on cable and satellite networks to smaller ventures only existing online.
With more and more American turning to viewing their news and entertainment online, a new source for news and opinion has emerged; the citizen journalist.
One proponent of the citizen journalist is a little old lady from Fairplay Maryland. For years, Ann Corcoran has reported the excesses of the refugee resettlement program and how that system is taking advantage of government largess at taxpayer expense and placing refugees into impoverished conditions while driving down local wages and property values. Her tireless work to expose these wrongs has brought the attention of liberal groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center who included her blog Refugee Resetlement Watch on their list of hate groups. Read Ms. Corcoran’s side of the story here and here.
From her work at Refugee Resettlement Watch, Ms. Corcoran quickly uncovered mountains of fraud and monetary crimes committed by immigrants, refugees, and native sons and daughters in relationship to immigration and refugee programs. This led to her formation of a new blog titled Fraud, Crooks, and Criminals where she reports that which the mainstream media refuses to report; the excesses of refugees, immigrants, and the bureaucrats that benefit from these groups.
Ms. Corcoran writes:
I’m nagging as I have been for over a decade and begging you to set up your own local or state website or blog. Your local paper is probably a leftwing rag even if you live in a red county!
You need to become the alternate news source!
Some of us can not—due to health or other reasons—become community activists, but we can write. We can try to get the message out. If enough people shout out the message that we are tired of the oppression of the hypocrites on the left who are now the power behind the Democratic party, we can make a difference.
Reporting for the Federalist on NOVEMBER 24, 2020, Jordan Davidson wrote:
A new report from the Media Research Center shows that the media’s lack of coverage and big tech’s suppression of certain issues and scandals surrounding Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden could have cost President Donald Trump the election.
The survey results report that 17 percent of Biden voters would not have voted for the Biden-Harris presidential ticket if they had known about at least one of the eight news stories that were suppressed by big tech and mainstream media outlets.
“This is not happenstance. This is not coincidence. This is not oversight and this is not just a mistake,” president and founder of Media Research Center Brent Bozell said at a press conference Tuesday. “These were deliberate decisions that were made thousands of times, literally thousands of times, to either twist or to not cover it at all, which we found in this case.”
The survey, conducted online by The Polling Company with a +/- 2.34 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence interval, asked 1,750 Biden voters living in seven swing states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) if they were aware of certain issues surrounding Biden, his family, and some of the Trump administration’s successes.
Some of these topics include former Biden staffer Tara Reade and her sexual assault allegations against Biden, the Hunter Biden scandal, VP Nominee Kamala Harris’s extreme liberal voting record in the Senate, the U.S.’s economic jump in the third quarter, millions of jobs added, America’s energy independence, Operation Warp Speed successes, and Trump’s facilitation of multiple peace deals in the Middle East.
“The media can talk all day long about Donald Trump and about things that he’s doing wrong. It is absolutely unequivocal, the evidence, that it was the national news media that deliberately, and I underscore deliberately, made it a point, not to tell the public about these stories that nobody can question weren’t important stories,” Bozell said. “We showed that they covered it up, and now we’re showing the evidence that it costs Donald Trump the election.
Click on this link to see search results for other articles that report the same phenomena as that which Ms. Davidson wrote of.
I humbly ask, if we, the citizen journalists had cried out, and our concerns echoed by thousands of other like minded people–in a snow ball effect–thereby enlightening those now claiming an ignorance of the crimes and actions of the democrats, might we now not be looking at thousands of laid off workers, fuel and heating costs skyrocketing, and a congress hell bent on destroying the first and second amendment of the Constitution? Perhaps the events surrounding the 2020 election might have been very different.
That my dear reader is the mission of the Ridge Runner Gazette. To be one voice crying out in the wilderness that we will not go silently into the night, that we will stand against Marxist oppression and we will not surrender that which our fathers, brothers, and sisters sacrificed with their own lives to defend.
Please, tell everyone you know, that we can no longer afford to only peruse the legacy media; we must for the survival of our nation turn to alternative opinion and journalism and through careful contemplation come to our own conclusions rather that being complacent like a herd of sheep and allowing the liberal media to tell us what to think.
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