A couple of days ago I ran into this little gem over at a liberal blog.
Dear Red States, We’ve decided we’re leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we’re taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren’t aware, that includes Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, New York, and all of the Northeastern states. After this election, we’ll be adding Colorado and New Mexico. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, especially to the people of our new country - Nuevo California.
“To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states; we get stem cell research, the best beaches, and the best ski resorts. We get the Statue of Liberty; you get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft; you get WorldCom. We get Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cal Tech, MIT and Columbia; you get Ole’ Miss. We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs; you get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states pay their fair share. …
“With the Blue States, we will control 80 percent of the country’s fresh water, 90 percent of pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation’s fresh fruit, 97 percent of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at your state dinners), 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, and all the Ivy League and Seven Sister schools. We also get New England, the Great Lakes and Yosemite, thank you very much.
“In the Red States, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans and their projected health care costs, 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, 100 percent of tornadoes, 94 percent of hurricanes, 99 percent of Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bob Jones University, and Clemson.”
It's kind of cute but to quote Ronald Reagan... "Liberals know so much, they just know so much about things that aren't so".
Red State - Blue State is a over simplification of the political divide in this country. Above is the 2004 map broken down by county. As you can clearly see from the map, most of the urban areas in this country are blue. The suburban and rural areas are red.
What do we know about these blue areas v. the red ones....
The blue areas have higher unemployment
More homeless and bums
Poor business climates
In fact, I would offer that the bluer the area, the worse these things get.
Take for instance the city of Detroit. The Marines will find Osama bin Laden before a anyone will find a republican in that city.
What's it like there? Well it took three days for the city to sell a house for $1.00.
Or let's take Chicago. How's the city where The Messiah was born working for everyone? I guess it's fine unless you're one of the 400 plus people murdered this year.
Maybe the best example is New York. Remember the New York of the 1970's and 1980's under the Ed Koch and David Dinkin's administrations? It was a flat out, bankrupt, cesspool. It took a moderate republican mayor just to make that city actually livable again.
I've been making this challenge to liberals for over two years now and none of them have the stones to get on my comment section and tell me, exactly what makes these democratic areas so wonderful to live in?
By the way, for the liberal ding dong who posted the gem above. You can't have Yosemite and Napa and actually most of the places you note in your piece. See, if you would actually look at the map you would see that these are red areas.
No, I'm sure the red areas would be more than happy for you to secede as long as you take Gary Indiana and New Orleans with you and we'll take Yellowstone thank you very much.
Oh, by the way, if you want our country to look like, say, Cleveland, Obama's your man.