By Scott W. Winchell; Editor-in-Chief, Stand Up America US
It is November 3rd, 2010. It’s finally over!
The mid-term elections are now over and the nation has spoken, albeit on the local basis, but it has national impact none-the-less. There are a few locations where results are in dispute but the overall outcome of the elections is a sea change for Washington, D.C. When you look at the new map of the United States by Congressional District, it is clear that an interesting phenomenon, known to many for a long time, has now shown itself in stark contrast.
This sea change has created a map that is vastly red, with small blue islands distributed mostly on the coasts, but a few linger in mid-America as well. It is clear why; these are the most urban areas of the country. Some of the islands are tiny and some are large because they represent gerrymandered areas, but largely, it is because there is a large urban center in those districts. (See the Free Republic posts.)
On the west coast, the blue islands are the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas in California, Portland and the College cities of Oregon, and Seattle/Tacoma in Washington. But in each of these three Pacific coastal states, the rest of the states are solidly red. In fact, like Oregon and Washington, the states are split in two, and are more red than blue by area. In Utah, the blue Island is basically Salt Lake City, but that district covers a vast land area on the west and south of the state. In New Mexico, it’s the urban areas of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. In Arizona, it’s Phoenix and Tucson.
In the middle of the country it’s Houston, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, and so on. In the East it’s the same, especially in the Northeast Corridor, the most densely populated area of the entire country. In the south it’s Atlanta, Miami, and other urban areas. It is indeed stark, but why?
By and large, most of these cities are controlled by deep Democrat Party roots. The Democrat machines in these cities have controlled them for generations, and are also the homes of large unionized populations. Each city of size is full of unionized government workers as well. California’s failing economy is primarily due to this unionized labor force within government. But perhaps the most telling statistic is that they are also the homes of some of the poorest cities in the country.
In most cases, it is also the seat of state government and most are simply broke. So why are they blue? Well it can be asserted that it is the stranglehold the Democrats have on the poor, the structure of local city and state governments, and the control the unions have on the party. It is also important to notice that state Governorship numbers have changed dramatically as well. Here is the picture of the red/blue Governorships now. Only California and Minnesota switched from red to blue, yet the dominant color is now red. Why?
Obama’s own words gives us the clues.
Is it not curious to all by now that the Democrats are the party of big, failed government, and they are the worst at running anything? Additionally, there is a division among Americans ever sharper and deeper than previously realized. Barack Obama said after he was elected:
“Young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled, Americans have sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of red states and blue states,” he said. “We have been and always will be the United States of America.”
In just two short years, his administration has done quite the opposite. He has divided the nation between urbanized islands of blue, and the rest of us. It is important to note though, that each area, blue and red, has a component of the other side, but by and large, the isolated strengths of the liberals are the inner city. In the weeks running up to the elections, Mr. Obama was more divisive than ever and it was loud and clear across the landscape as he stumped for his minions’ very survival. Obama declared at one stump site:
“And if Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, we’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us, if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”
He also said:
“…who are out there engaging in rhetoric that is divisive and damaging that—those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”
This was a quote referring to Arizona’s new immigration law.
Then there was the “enemies” line where he labeled Republicans as enemies. Additionally, he said this:
“They’re counting on young people staying home and union members staying home and black folks staying home…”
And so it goes, the “uniter” became the worst form of “divider”, and the map shows it plainly. We are now a sea of red dotted by islands of blue.