Blue vs. Red

16 May

Since the 2000 Presidential “selection” when the Supreme Court of the USA chose George W. Bush over Al Gore (he had won the popular vote by more than 500,000 votes), newsman, Tim Russert started keeping track of the Blue states (the citizens who vote mostly with the Democratic party) and the Red states (the citizens who vote mostly for the Republican party).

At the time, Russert probably thought it was a nifty way to keep track of the vote. However, over the last 12 years, the country has become very polarized into Blue and Red states. Blue means liberal and Red means conservative. In 2000, over 54% of all eligible citizens voted in the election. In 2004, eighty million eligible citizens failed to cast a vote either way. Think about that, there are about 310 million citizens in this country and about 25% of those are under age 18, leaving the rest of the USA the privilege to vote. What is the problem?

Besides the Blue and Red states, there are also the Purple states that don’t seem to be so polarized in their views. The Purple states are also known as the Swing states. If I was a candidate for national political office, I would focus my energies on these states where people actually are more open minded than the Blue or Red states.

It is very historically interesting because pretty much the same states (that were states at the time) that were pro-slavery in the 19th century are the same states that are Red today. And the states that were anti-slavery in the 19th century are the same states that are Blue today. In sum, our country’s views really haven’t changed that much in over 150 years. Things are pretty much the same except now we have more states than we did back then.

This concerns me and it should concern you as well. The Civil War came down to the slavery issue. The North opposed it and the South wanted it. Because the Union at the time couldn’t agree on how to handle “the new states” coming to be with the slavery issue, the South declared war on the United States (the North). Hundreds of ¬†thousands of American lives were lost over this issue. Was it worth it? I don’t think so. Americans can’t afford to be so polarized in their views today. There is more at stake now. Our views not only affect us but the whole world as well. When the world sees us fighting over this and that, it makes us look petty and weak.

We need to get back to the what the founders of this country did to create this country. A country that is by far not perfect but it strives to be the best the world can offer. We need to look for compromise on issues that currently divide us, not hold out until the next election in the hopes of getting more Redness or Blueness in our political servants. We all want the same things for America. We want to remain free, at peace, keep our homes, increase our economic standing, respect our neighbors, enjoys the fruits of our blessings and be useful to our world neighbors as well.

I implore you to get involved in making our country one color (not Blue or Red) again, striving for the same goals and dreams as your neighbors.

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One Response to “Blue vs. Red”

  1. Eric Vanman (@socialneuro) May 16, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Excellent!

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