Ironic Politics

In order to get to what’s ironic we have to explore the recent maps of voters in the 2016 elections. I’m sure that you have already seen those NYT’s maps showing where the red votes were and where the blue votes were in the 2016 election. One map shows red states and blue states:

 

Another shows red counties and blue counties:

https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/president

A third set of maps shows where Trump voters live and where Democratic voters (Hillary voters) live:

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/us/politics/the-two-americas-of-2016.html

Trump’s America

Hillary’s America

 

 

One thing these maps point out is the urban/rural divide. It is difficult to believe that land mass and population are so out of whack until you examine these maps.  The land mass Trump drew from involves just about the entire interior of America. But the popular vote gave the Democrats 3 million more votes than Trump got. If we voted by land mass the Republicans would win every time. The fact that we vote by individuals and that the Democrats got so many more votes shows how much of our population is concentrated along our coasts and waterways.

This also might explain the more “cosmopolitan” outlook of people in our largest cities. They have more exposure to travelers and traders from other nations. They are centers of cultural diversity. It would be almost impossible for these coastal folks to be exactly like those who inhabit America’s interior – its more land-locked places. Conservatives have nothing good to say about coastal Americans. They overvalue intellect. They treat “aberrant” behavior as normal. They welcome immigrants and they are bleeding hearts for immigrants and the poor. Conservatives would be quite happy if there were no liberals and they are working overtime to make it so.

Well, here’s the ironic part (or maybe there’s a plan). They needn’t work so hard to hate and marginalize Liberals. Since Conservatives don’t believe in global warming, or climate change, or rising oceans their anti-science policies will lead to the flooding of the very areas where the Liberal population is concentrated. Et voila! Problem solved.

 

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