They’re too busy filling up sandbags.
I remarked to my wife, as we watched the coverage of Iowa, of the cooperative workline of people filling up the sacks of sand in an orderly manner. There were some teenagers, young men and women, but older, fat,grandmotherly types were in the same line. They were not bitching. They kept up with the younger people and a few even had smiles on their faces. Where was Wolfe Blitzer saying, "But....they are just so white." Those people exemplified the pioneer spirit and rugged individualism to deal with whatever nature threw at them. They were Americans.
That sounds an awful lot like *working*.