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Democrats Can Win The Culture War And Create Blue State Paradise

Updated on March 24, 2013

A Plan To Remake Blue America As A Liberal Paradise

The great divide in American politics is between Blue and Red ways of thinking. Blue America looks to European successes for inspiration. Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany offer examples of ways to manage society for the betterment of the many rather than just the few wealthy and elites.

Red America looks backwards, to a past America when men were men and women women, pioneers rough and independent, building wilderness homes with only the aid of a few trusted neighbors and family.

Whichever is right or wrong, these two visions of society can never reconcile. In a democracy we divide into opposing parties, each trying to impose our vision, our will, on our 'enemies'. I believe there is a way out. Not perfect, but better than the cat-fighting we have now.

Take a look at the map below. Nothing much new here. It is clear that Blue, liberal America is rich America. Red America is poor. Of the top ten richest states, eight are Blue, only two Red. Of the bottom ten, only one is Blue. What do you conclude from that?

Red and Blue States

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State Success, National Failure

But, in spite of Blue State success at home, liberal ideas never really succeed at the national level. There are always enough Republicans running around, elected from poor Red States, to prevent or delay or derail correct implementation of liberal ideas on a national scale. Look at the disaster that all attempts at national health care have led to. Bill Clinton nearly destroyed his presidency on health care, and President Obama...

People have advanced crazy ideas for resolving this split personality we have in the US. Some suggest divorce, splitting the country into two, and others mass reeducation camps for the unwilling. Some people are just nuts.

Blue America already pays the bulk of the taxes collected at the federal level. Any attempt to remake all of America to match the Blue vision would require Blue State citizens to shoulder an ever greater part of the burden. Taxes come from where the money is, and the rich corporations and rich people are in the Blue States. (There are exceptions, like Texas.)

This already pisses liberals off to no end. Perhaps that is just, perhaps not, but it is true. Liberals are getting tired of having to fight conservative resistance to get anything at all accomplished. They are getting tired of paying and paying for programs that support mainly people who at least claim they don't want the programs in the first place, but seem willing enough to take the money.

I have a suggestion for my liberal friends. No one can stop you from enacting liberal programs in Blue States. In my own home state, Illinois, Republicans can sometimes get it together to elect a governor, but have not controlled the legislature in a generation. (Hint. The legislature makes the laws.)

This is basically true in all Blue States. New York may elect a Mayor Giuliani, but liberals control the state. Liberals can enact any sort of program they want in Blue states. But here's the rub. Blue States are broke because too much of their money goes to Washington. And Republicans are essentially equal in strength there. The loot gets split, and Red State politicians make sure they get their share.

It Doesn't Have To Be In The Red

It does NOT have to be this way! Look at California. It is seriously in the red (sorry, bad pun). This year they are looking at spending 16 billion more than they take in, hurting everyone from teachers to retirees. That is one big hunk of deficit change, added on top of their existing debt.

Or, is it? How much money LEFT California in taxes paid to the federal government? $313,998,874,000. Three Hundred Thirteen Billion and change. Excuse me? California has a piddly little budget deficit of sixteen billion, and they are sending three hundred plus billions off to Washington, to be spent by Republicans? 16 billion is almost a rounding error compared to that.

All Blue States look the same. All send billions and billions to Washington, while local programs starve.

Don't Feed The Vampire!

Blue States should stop sending so much of their money to Washington and they should keep it at home, where people appreciate liberal programs! My liberal friends, conservatives have been naming Washington as their enemy for at least three generations. They have it backwards. The true victims of Washington politics are liberals and liberal states. DC is a vampire sucking your blood, and sending it to people who DO NOT WANT IT!

That money flooding into Red States doesn't really help the average citizen there much anyway. It goes to big business and corporate farms (there is a deliberate policy of Washington to eliminate small farmers in favor of big company farms, going back at least to the early 1970s). A few dimes trickle down to the true poor, in food stamps and the like. Projects of national worth, interstate highways, military bases would continue to be funded regardless. But other spending should be cut to the bone.

If there are natural, economic reasons for businesses to locate in Red States, they will. If not, not. We should not be paying big corporate farmers to produce. Republicans like to talk about the free market. If the farms are more economical big, they will get big under a free market, without the feds punishing small farmers. If business is more efficient in Red States, it will move there, without incentives from DC.

Liberals have despised the words 'States Rights'. They should embrace them. America will never test liberal policies in action as long as conservatives are fighting them nationally. Conservatives want to be left alone to go to hell in their own way. And why should liberals WANT to impose policies on people who repeatedly reject them? Shouldn't we let people go their own way, test other values and ways of life? If the Red States fail disastrously, they will learn. Their best and brightest will move to Blue States, strengthening them.

A New Progressive Party

America needs a new progressive movement. States Rights Progressives! Step back from national civil war. Surprise the Right with political judo, and turn their own moves against them. Embrace their slogans, States Rights, Free Enterprise, Low Taxes. I say liberals should take their ball and go play at home, with their friends. The kids down the block don't play nice.

And what is the end result of the current politics? Poverty in Blue States! What city is the poorest in the entire country? Detroit. Bluest of Blue. Nary a Republican in sight. What happened to the vast wealth created in the Motor City? Where did it all go?

Click that link. Look at the sad list of poorest cities, and count how many are in Blue States. You go all the way to #7 before you find one in a solidly Red State.

Blue States have plenty of problems at home. Why go looking for problems where you are not welcome?

A Liberal Paradise, A New Progressive Party

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      tmbridgeland 5 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      Thanks again Mitch. I try. I am more libertarian than conservative in some ways. As an outsider on both sides I try to look at things in a different way. The Blue way isn't all bad. I just don't like how they try to push everyone else.

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      Mitch Alan 5 years ago from South Jersey the way you set up the premise to engage the liberals, make them nod in agreement and then open the curtain and say "welcome to reality"...

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      American Romance 6 years ago from America

      Mich, I live in Oklahoma, I constantly get flak from the left saying how poor we are statisticaly, I double checked and they were right if you google it. Here is the kicker, All I can come up with on short notice is population. It has to be like this, if you have 5 million people working minimum pay jobs verses 1 million making 150K a year I suppose it would make the liberal state look better. But facts are facts, CA, NY are BROKE! their ideology has killed them with no bright light at the end. I drove by farm land this morning on the way to work and they were building new streets and getting ready to create a new neighborhood. The billboard they must have put up yesterday said 2500 sq ft homes starting in the $200s. I can drive 10 miles any direction and take pics of at least 10 new homes being built. Devon is finishing their new high rise building downtown, our papers are full of jobs and we need employees in the worst way..........and they are not to be found!

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      tmbridgeland 6 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      Welcome aboard. Write some Hubs yourself, if you have anything interesting to say!

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      Michael Furdek 6 years ago from California

      I know it's not. It seems to be a little less so towards the bottom of your article. None the less, you do make a lot of good points which is why I responded... I'm brand new to this site, as of 3 hours ago or so. I'm loving it already. Accidently ran across it when doing research for a different topic, read what I was looking for, and joined. thx!!

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      tmbridgeland 6 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      Michael Furdek, it isn't all sarcasm. I really really do wish liberals would just give this idea a try. The big problem we have is that they just will not leave us alone. But how to get them to read something like this? By making it attractive, play it up to try to get them to see that it is in THEIR own benefit. And it really is! Blue states do send more to Washington than they should.

      Not sure, but I think American is in TX. Send him a message, or just follow him here, and get his Hubs. Great stuff.

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      Michael Furdek 6 years ago from California

      @ tmbridgeland.. I love sarcasm man, to the max. But even I had a hard time detecting it originally until you mentioned to American that it's all sarcasm. And just like him, i stopped half way through originally just to see the comments. Good hub I do say now.

      @ American Romance.. what state you in? Because I think I found my new place to live after I leave California.

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      tmbridgeland 6 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      I thought you might like it. Mentioned Detroit, and Texas too. I try to be very careful in Hubs like these, not to rile up opposition from the left too soon, so the intro is soft-core. Maybe I went too far on this one.

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      American Romance 6 years ago from America

      OK, shows how slow I am.........also proves I should finish reading the entire artice oops, not the first time, I got so wired up over the first few paragraphs I blew it! LOL! Changed my mind, great hub! voted up!

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      tmbridgeland 6 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      wba, I do not know. The Blue states have the advantages of geography, ports and resources, so they are and should be the richest areas. That will never change. But when you look at what is happening in Blue California, Illinois, Detroit MI, Baltimore, Newark and all over Blue America, you have to wonder. Federalism seems to be the only way both Blue and Red can get what they want, but Blue rejects federalism, it seems all or nothing for them.

    • profile image 6 years ago from upstate, NY

      I think your idea is worth testing, but somehow I doubt it ever will be! Unfortunately the liberals will never test your theory because many of them rightly know that their ideas can only be implimented by sucking money away from the productive members of society! This fact leaves them no alternative but to impose thier views on the conservative half of the country.

      It would be a sad day to see America split in two but that seems like the only solution from a pragmatic standpoint! You could say that the nation is already divided in two anyway. I hope it never comes to this but what are you going to do when the liberal half of our country turns its back on the Constitution in favor of European socialism.

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      tmbridgeland 6 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      Hi American Romance, thanks for reading and commenting. I think you missed my sarcasm, here! I am a conservative who wants liberals to leave the rest of us the hell alone! Let them screw up their blue states, I am fine with that, but stop trying to change the rest of us. I am trying to present an argument liberals can accept as to why it is in their own best interest to adopt a small federal government and more state-level control.

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      American Romance 6 years ago from America

      I stopped halfway through, Both parties are NOT trying to impose their will on the other! Conservatives do not try to impose ANYTHING on the poeple! We want to be left alone and for our government to simply protect our freedoms and stay small..........we will take care of the rest at a local level.

      Liberals say hogwash those conservatives are trying to stop abortions, stop gay marriage, pollute the air etc............... We were not the original proponets of abortion, we still think gays should stay in the closet, and the only reason we polluted the air was because we were the ones building the industrial revolution that created the greatest country on earth!

      Let them go their own way and fail? hahahhehehohoho are you serious man? I give you this to think about the rest of the day.......I live in the only state that NOT ONE county voted for President Obama, We have zero unions, gasoline is $3.24 as of yesterday, unemployement is 5.5%, There is a housing boom going on, while at the same time you can purchase a 3000 sq ft home in a gated community with a 3 car garage for $190K, Our local legislaters are lowering taxes, regulations are being squashed, crime rates are lower per capita,............yea PLEASE leave us alone! We don't want to turn out like Detroit where entire neighborhoods are being bulldozed to keep crackheads from squatting, Or California who is about to go bankrupt, not to mention their "biggest and brightest, along with corporations" are moving to MY state!


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