TN July 22, 2006 - - I live
in Tennessee, which is a very Red state. Blue man in a red state. We're
getting ready to have our primary elections here, where the would-be candidates
square off against each other to determine who is going to actually be the Democratic
or Republican candidate in the general election coming up in November. I've noticed
that the Republicans are slinging mud, and one of the biggest accusations each
has for the other is that their opponent is "not truly pro-life."
my European friends I'd like to say, "yes, we have only two political parties
here and it doesn't make much sense, but there you have it. We're Americans and
that's the American way, and don't forget what we did for you after World War
II or we'll kick your ass again. So there." But I won't. I'll just stick
with saying that we're a simple people and we like simple politics. That way we
don't have to think too hard about things.
the Red states are those states which, with a few exceptions, are toward the South
and central part of the country, while the Blue states are those states which,
with a few exceptions, are those states in the North and on the coasts. The people
in the Red states believe that the Blue states think of them as ignorant redneck
jackasses. The people in the Blue states believe that the Red states think of
them as elitist snobs. Both sides are correct. Blue staters ARE elitist snobs
and Red staters ARE ignorant redneck jackasses. Red staters tend to vote Republican,
but only because, since we only have two parties, they can't vote the straight
Fascist ticket. Blue staters vote Democratic but only because we don't have actual
viable Green and Socialist parties.
of the things that supposedly distinguishes the Republicans from the Democrats
and vice-versa is their projected stance on abortion, also known as birth control
(Democrats) or baby-killing (Republicans). Democrats tend to spawn women who have
higher education levels and who work and achieve well into and sometimes past
their reproductive years. Republican women tend to have babies early and more
often and to forego higher education. I'm just talking trends here, not absolutes.
in the South, which, including our coasts, is basically all Red states, there
is a higher percentage of teenage mothers while Blue state moms, when daughter
comes home pregnant, tend to visit Planned Parenthood with her in tow posthaste
so as not to screw up her Stanford career.
that you have a situation where, here in the Red state Deep South, there are a
lot of births to unwed, unprepared girls, while in the Blue states out on the
West Coast in particular, you have a lot of women who become finally ready to
have children only to discover that their chances of conception and carrying to
term are somewhat diminished, that ticking biological clock and all.
other day, my daughter pointed out to me an ad in one of the conservative magazines
we have around here. In the ad, a lawyer was seeking to adopt a baby for a couple
in California from one of the pregnant unwed moms-to-be, of whom we have a lot,
as I've said The ad said that the child would be totally secure in growing up,
that he would go to college, and would basically want for nothing; financial support
and love in abundance would both be provided. His chances, in other words, to
have a decent shot at life would be greatly improved by giving him or her up for
adoption by the couple in Cali. A kind of deal that an unwed mom might see as
being "the right thing to do".
struck me as odd that this child, who after all was being brought into the world
as a result of a Conservative world-view, was going to go off to California probably
to be raised as a Liberal. There's a certain symmetry to that which I find fascinating.