Many American jet set businessmen are bi-coastal, commuting between New York and LA. This week most of the people in their bubble voted heavily for Clinton and woke up shocked and distraught.
All of the states in between California and the Northeast are called “fly over country.” Here’s how elections look in the US:
This map shows how the nation voted county by county in the 2012 Presidential election, Blue is Democrat and Red is Republican. Do you notice something of a split between rural and urban settlements? This is not new, the folks in those red counties have been in the minority culturally and nationally for decades. (2016 map at the bottom of this post)
Some journalists in those tiny blue spots (major cities like Chicago) are saying Trump is not their President because he hasn’t won the popular vote. How maniacal is that? Firstly, he may yet get more votes, Hillary is only 200,000 ahead with several states undeclared. Secondly, California gave Hillary a margin of 2,500,000 votes. By Chicago logic, none of the other states matter, just wait for California’s choice. It is not a direct democracy; states elect the President, weighted by the number of congressmen, get over it.
The chickens have come home to roost. And it is a good thing. The disparity between urban dwellers and those in the hinterland is disgraceful, and dare I say, unsustainable. If you want to hear how life and the world looks when you live in the rust belt, or small-town America, hit the link below for an eye-opener from David Wong who came from there (here). h/t Ivan
I was born and raised in Trump country. My family are Trump people. If I hadn’t moved away and gotten this ridiculous job, I’d be voting for him. I know I would.
That map makes it look like Obama’s blue party is some kind of fringe political faction that struggles to get 20 percent of the vote. The blue parts, however, are more densely populated — they’re the cities. In the upper left, you see the blue Seattle/Tacoma area, lower down is San Francisco and then L.A. The blue around the dick-shaped Lake Michigan is made of cities like Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago. In the northeast is, of course, New York and Boston, leading down into Philadelphia, which leads into a blue band which connects a bunch of southern cities like Charlotte and Atlanta.
Blue islands in an ocean of red. The cities are less than 4 percent of the land mass, but 62 percent of the population and easily 99 percent of the popular culture. Our movies, shows, songs, and news all radiate out from those blue islands.
And if you live in the red, that f**cking sucks.
“Nothing that happens outside the city matters!” they say at their cocktail parties, blissfully unaware of where their food is grown. Hey, remember when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans? Kind of weird that a big hurricane hundreds of miles across managed to snipe one specific city and avoid everything else. To watch the news (or the multiple movies and TV shows about it), you’d barely hear about how the storm utterly steamrolled rural Mississippi, killing 238 people and doing an astounding $125 billion in damage.
The Rural Areas Have Been Beaten To Shit. I know, I was there. Step outside of the city, and the suicide rate among young people f**cking doubles. The recession pounded rural communities, but all the recovery went to the cities. The rate of new businesses opening in rural areas has utterly collapsed.
See, rural jobs used to be based around one big local business — a factory, a coal mine, etc. When it dies, the town dies. Where I grew up, it was an oil refinery closing that did us in. I was raised in the hollowed-out shell of what the town had once been. The roof of our high school leaked when it rained. Cities can make up for the loss of manufacturing jobs with service jobs — small towns cannot. That model doesn’t work below a certain population density.
If you don’t live in one of these small towns, you can’t understand the hopelessness. The vast majority of possible careers involve moving to the city, and around every city is now a hundred-foot wall called “Cost of Living.”
And if you dare complain, some liberal elite will pull out their iPad and type up a rant about your racist white privilege. Already, someone has replied to this with a comment saying, “You should try living in a ghetto as a minority!” Exactly. To them, it seems like the plight of poor minorities is only used as a club to bat away white cries for help. Meanwhile, the rate of rural white suicides and overdoses skyrockets. Shit, at least politicians act like they care about the inner cities.
The rural folk with the Trump signs in their yards say their way of life is dying, and you smirk and say what they really mean is that blacks and gays are finally getting equal rights and they hate it. But I’m telling you, they say their way of life is dying because their way of life is dying. It’s not their imagination. No movie about the future portrays it as being full of traditional families, hunters, and coal mines. Well, except for Hunger Games, and that was depicted as an apocalypse.
Hillary, meet the Deplorables.
More from David Wong at Cracked (here)
Yes. It’s a deeper disparity than the one in the UK that spawned Brexit. The elites should think themselves lucky that they can learn this lesson with just a new President and not riots or a civil war.
Prior to that vote the BBC interviewed some people in our northeast. The interviewer asked why the people supported Brexit when the EU had poured millions into the region. One woman replied ‘Yes, they built an opera house. Look at us. Do we look like we would visit the opera, even if we could afford it?’
Our new government has mumbled something about the poorer communities needing to feel more of the benefits of globalisation but I doubt they’ve got a clue how to do that. I can see ways it could be done but it would require a level of funding that those in existing cities wouldn’t accept. Essentally the poorer states have the same problem that places like Greece has. To get more business they need to be cheap, to do that they either need massive subsidies or a different currency. They need to be freed from the restrictions that are ok if you’re already successful but impossible if you’re at the bottom.
To make Brexit work, our government needs to realise that it will have to drop some of the luxuries like worrying about climate in exchange for cheap gas and an attractive business environment.
Thanks for that comment. It certainly rings true. It seems that city people who negotiated international trade deals knew or should have known that folks in the hinterland would become the collateral damage.
It should also be noted that if the Republicans don’t address the plight of those left behind, using their control of governmental institutions both federally and in most states, then there may well be civil unrest.