Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Red State-Blue State Myth


The new political divide is a stark division between cities and what remains of the countryside. Not just some cities and some rural areas, either -- virtually every major city (100,000-plus population) in the United States of America has a different outlook from the less populous areas that are closest to it.  The voting data suggest that people don't make cities liberal -- cities make people liberal.  The only major cities that voted Republican in the 2012 presidential election were Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, and Salt Lake City. ~ The Atlantic

Robert Vanderbai - Princton
Take This State and Shove It

Northern California, Northeastern Colorado, Southern Oregon, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Appalachian Maryland, and even in Long Island there are separatist movements by people dissatisfied with urban domination.  Greater Los Angeles has 34 state representatives, the northern third of California has 3. It's not strictly a Republican or conservative issue either, there have been Democratic secession movements in Florida and Arizona.  Last year, Arizona’s liberal-leaning Pima County, home to Tucson, tried to declare itself the state of Baja because it didn’t want to be governed by Arizona’s conservative majority.


There may also be a proposal on the November 2014 ballot to break California up into six states supported by California billionaire Tim Draper ~ LA Times

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