The great American divide

The results of the 2016 presidential election have changed the way I think about the country’s political landscape. Ever since 2000, we’ve most often heard about red states and blue states. And why not? The electoral votes are awarded by each state’s popular vote. New York is a blue state. So are Illinois and California.

Or are they?

Looking not at the state-by-state results, but at the county-by-county tallies, we really do see how much of the nation is red. Most of New York, which voted decidedly for Hillary Clinton, is red. Illinois is mostly red. Take away Chicago and you’ve got a Republican state. Even California has a large swath of red.

So really, the red state vs. blue state divide we mot often reference isn’t perhaps the most accurate way to describe politics in America. It’s actually urban vs. rural. Most of the nation’s Democrat votes come from the “megalopolis” that extends from Boston to Washington, D.C., the Left Coast, and a handful of urban centers in between (Chicago, Detroit, etc.) The rest of us went for Donald Trump, and even The Donald gained some ground in traditional Democrat areas.

Democrats own the cities. There are a lot of wonderful cities in America, and I don’t want this to come across as a wholesale putdown of America’s cities, but our large urban centers share the same blight: high crime, high poverty rates, homelessness, unemployment, absentee fathers. They are also run by Democrats, and have been for decades. This is not a coincidence. When Democrats win nationwide elections, their failed policies are projected onto the rest of us. Just look at Obama’s eight years as an example of how liberalism weakens nations and economies and divides its people.

Contrast this with conservative ideas, when those who don’t reside in urban centers are able to elect like-minded people to office, and you get a much different result. Donald Trump isn’t even president yet and were already winning. The next eight years are going to be an awesome time to be an American.


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