Of course, I’m speaking in generalities.
From an economic and social development standpoint, these widening cleavages have long been evident. People in blue-state America live longer than their red-state counterparts. They are less likely to live in poverty, more likely to have access to health care, less likely to die from gun violence, more likely to be members of a union, and more likely to be vaccinated against Covid-19. In red-state America, family income is lower, and so too is economic productivity.
Then why is everyone leaving blue states? Blue states also include urban enclaves like Chicago where surely everything isn’t going so great. The trend has been toward moving toward the Sunbelt for as long as I can remember, lol.
Blue metro areas that are the engines of economic growth for their states are increasingly at odds with the poorer, more culturally conservative red counties that surround them.
Hmmm. This is funny.
It’s worth asking: How much longer will economically vibrant and culturally diverse blue-state America be willing to subsidize its red-state brethren, particularly as the latter try to impose their extremist views on guns and religion to women’s rights?
You just can’t get MORE SNOBBY than this, lol. O.K., we don’t want to SUBSIDIZE those darn poor Blacks, White trash, rednecks, ha ha. What is this? THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW? 😆
It’s in the recent abortion decision that we can best see the outlines of a true national crack-up. There are many ways to think about the Supreme Court’s reckless and legally dubious decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, but at its core, the Dobbs case and abortion in general is an issue of human rights.
It’s about bodily autonomy and whether women have the right to make their own decisions about when or whether they have children. Women who have the misfortune of living in red-state America are now in effect second-class citizens stripped of their most basic reproductive freedoms.
The freedom to be HOES and then make offspring pay by KILLING THEM? How much is REALLY stuff threatening the mom’s life?
How many pro-choice blue-state parents will decide against sending their daughters to universities in red-state America? Parents of trans or LGBTQ children are already asking these questions.
And how much of the population are they a percentage of even in just the blue states? Is it wrong to say this stuff is freakish? That’s the core problem.
I won’t deny the rightwing can be full of shit also. I grew up in the South. You’re telling me there was no Jim Crow and slavery, or at least it wasn’t that bad? Come on? You gotta be kidding me!
As unimaginable as it might have seemed then, on this Fourth of July, America is in even worse shape: more divided and more polarized, and there is little reason to expect that we will come together any time soon.
And if the South leaves, will the North try to STOP THEM AGAIN? Nah, JUST KIDDING, 😆