I was honestly hoping that one way or another, the whole concept of red state and blue state group-think would somehow be destroyed as people turned out to vote. My hope was not foolish, but it was certainly betrayed by the obvious celebration of division (political, religious, and social) that has followed the election. I'm tired of this trite concept of domination. I have been tired of it since I started understanding the cogs behind our political process.<br><br>If everyone is content to pee themselves in contemptuous excitement over their own ideology or bitterly respond to such nonsense. You're welcome to it. Just recognize that you've bought into all the hype you pretend to despise.<br><br>There is no blue state. There is no red state. Those are ridiculous abstractions created by the media and based on the desperation of our electoral system. The more we pander to the idea that one person's ideas or feelings are not welcome in another part of America based on geography, the less free we make our country, and the fewer problems we will ever solve.<br><br>There is absolutely nothing to celebrate about slicing up the United States of America.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey
Loc: New Hampshire
This time Vermont and New Hampshire well both blue, but I'd hardly consider them being the same politically.<br><br>I really like where New Hampshire sits on the political spectrum and wouldn't consider living in another state.<br><br>ps - it's the United States of America and you might not like it, but every state is sovereign in many ways, which makes some blue and some red. It's not a media abstract, but ingrained in the roots of the country at it's birth.<br><br>[color:blue]All your sock puppets are belong to us</font color=blue>
What I am responding to is the celebratory and suspicious (depending on ideology) nature of people's reaction to the election. I believe that the broad brush people are painted with as a result of geography just goes to reinforce the group-think our society is rife with every election year.<br><br>I guess I'm trying to stand up for that Bush voter in New York that's sick of being told their vote doesn't count, or that Kerry voter in downstate Illinois that's tired of hearing about how Illinois is now written off as a "blue" state.<br><br>These are not conditions under which democracy thrives. We're too convinced that our own government is the sole possession of contrary ideologies with no respect to the real troubles of our people. Standing and being counted is a showing of pride, not a team effort to beat the other side.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey
Loc: New Hampshire
I think the Federal government has way to much power and control should rightfully return back to the Sovereign states.<br><br>One of the things I didn't like about the Kerry campaign was his "Lets buy your community a Fire truck" campaign promise. Federal dollars should never be wasted on this type of useless federal bureaucratic nonsense.<br><br>If and when the Federal government goes back to being responsible for just guarding the borders, delivering the mail, etc. as outline in the Constitution then everyone's vote will count - because you won't be voting in your state for something the Federal government has no business being involved in, you would be voting in your state for your state's responsibility and voting in your local elections for local responsibilities.<br><br><br><br>[color:blue]All your sock puppets are belong to us</font color=blue>
Well maybe you'd prefer something more purple?<br><br><br>In this map each county is shaded in proportion of how that county voted. 100% Republican is a totaly red county, 100% Democrate is totally blue. Then a gradient is used for the spread.<br><br>
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