November 03, 2004

A Nation Divided?

Time this week mentions that on November 3rd the winner will need to unite the nation he helped to divide. I ask you, though, looking at the electoral votes that are locked in, perusing the red and blue, and then comparing that against 2000 and Bush/Gore, where's the the major change in these past four years. How do you define a "divided nation"?

The majority of the states that were Bush states in 2000 are Bush states in 2004. No real time to research the flippers, but I know New Hampshire is a Kerry state where it was previously a Bush state.

The middle of the country does seem to think - as a whole - differently than the coasts. Is this new? I'd say not. Perhaps a better argument would be that the vehemence with which we adhere to our respective standpoints as Kerry or Bush supporters may be heightened when in comparison to presidential political following in years past (voter turnout is a good metric for that), but dividing the country? Naa - I'm sure that happened long ago but was less in the front and center.

I offer the same thoughts to a Bush presidency as I would to a Kerry presidency. May the next four years be fruitful, peaceful, and full of growth and promise. May our enemies be fearful and silent.


Posted by hln at November 3, 2004 12:45 PM | Politics | TrackBack

I always find it amazing that the liberal states are generally those states that produce nothing that a human needs to survive on. They tend to think they're superior in their intellect, but drop on in a corn field 20 miles from a Macdonalds and see how long they last.

Posted by: Jager at November 6, 2004 04:48 AM

Yep. Looking at the county map, it's clearly an urban/rural divide.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at November 6, 2004 05:16 AM

Doesn't Bush gaining popular votes indicate that he has actually united a larger portion of the states in his four years?

And Jager, the life of a human is far more that mere survival. It's also not fair to say that not being able to survive in a corn field means you're stupid. Of course, I don't mean that there aren't loads of useless people there, but let's not judge them based on their contribution to basic survival needs or their ability to make flour.

Posted by: Flibbertigibbet at November 6, 2004 01:15 PM

Mmm, flour.


Posted by: hln at November 7, 2004 05:20 PM