ABOUT THE FLYOVER FOUNDERS
Our founders have worked in politics, corporations, agencies, and trade associations all over the nation. Our values, however, are straight out of middle America. Informed by years of experience, we do not hesitate to take clear positions, to stand up for the principles that make America exceptional, or to do whatever is necessary to defend our republic. We urge you to join us in Flyover Country to celebrate this great nation and to advocate positions that will help us preserve its blessings for generations into the future.
J ROBERT SMITH
This guy here is a semiretired public affairs and political pro. He’s not yet ready to garden but does avoid DC with a single-minded determination. The monuments and food trucks there are swell, but the rest are just taxpayer-financed inflammation and swelling of the body politic. Smith wrote some for PJ Media and a lot for the American Thinker. Some of his work for AT appeared at Real Clear Politics, at other online aggregators and, now and then, in newspapers. He makes plenty of noise on Twitter. He would tell you to pop a beer and fight the good fight. Let your kids and their kids remember that at a time when liberty was imperiled, you did your part – somehow, some way. And, damn it, you never surrendered. In fact, you and liberty both won.
Born in Indiana, Rob began his career with the state GOP and legislature. His folks taught him it was important to believe in something, to be unafraid to say so, and to not let other’s comments that may be hateful or unconstructive go unanswered. Rob met his wife, Sue, when they both worked for the governor of Indiana. She maintains he can walk into an empty room and start an argument. He has worked in marketing communications, public relations, media training, speech writing, and public affairs for political organizations, corporations, agencies, and trade associations. He worked extensively in consumer products, economic development, tourism, and the hospitality industry (a fondness for food and drink being an asset). Rob worked in Washington, DC, for the RNC during the Reagan years and has made his home at times in Chicago, Indianapolis, North Carolina, Texas, and, presently, Las Vegas.
“Flyover country” began as a term widely and condescendingly used by political and cultural elitists who live and work largely in the urban centers on the coasts. Many conceited establishmentarians and arrogant progressives deride “Flyover Country.” They view that great swath of real estate between the coasts as something they neither understand nor represent.
At “Flyover,” the things that elitists detest are what we value most. We see this as a place where race, creed, and color don’t determine your worth; character and values do. We recognize political correctness is out of control and identity politics are destructive. Whether you are famous or faceless, rich or poor, it doesn’t matter here. What does matter is that you take a stand in defense of liberty, that you understand and promote American exceptionalism, and that you celebrate your achievements as a citizen or parent more than your bank balance.
America’s strength lies in our patriotism, our dedication to freedom, respect for the rule of law, and unabashed love of our country and neighbors. We invite you to join us in discussing the issues of the day, and we welcome you regardless of your political persuasion, gender, race, national origin, party affiliation, or where you happen to live. At Flyover, our strength lies in what we have in common rather than in what differentiates us.
True Flyover Country is anywhere patriots live. That’s Portland or Knoxville, Macon or New York, Topeka or Tacoma. The only way the anti-liberty crowd can win is by dividing us. It has never been more important to stand together to safeguard our birthright, our nation, our families, and our liberty. We suggest that you wear “Flyover” as a badge of honor. It’s that place, virtual and real, where resides the heart and soul of this great nation.