My state may be red
But my eyes are blue (with red eye only from the flash).
That's my first song off the All-Star Cat Blogging Country Record that I'm going to start recording any day now.
For those who don't read his blog regularly, Neal Pollack has been on a rampage lately denouncing the snotty anti-"red" states attitude that is emerging on the left. He hits on a bunch of points better than I would, since every time I make fun of what deserves being madefun of, which is "red" attitudes, everyone thinks I'm picking on the geographic regions that went for Bush. Neal does a better job, and is even gracious enough to point out that just because you're Republican doesn't mean you're evil. Just that you vote for evil people. So go read his blog.
I'm all for picking on conservatives, but just don't pretend that conservatism is a regional ailment. Positioning certain parts of the country as somehow morally superior to others is the nasty trick the right is pulling, and those on the left should rise above it. Plus, when you act like you're somehow superior for where you live, you are just confirming to us Middle Americans what Limbaugh & Co. are always telling us--that East Coast liberals look down on us hard-working folks. He's full of shit, but the message is sticking for a reason.
And here's one more goddamn map to remind everyone that the difference between how red and blue states voted isn't all that different, as low as less than 10% of voters in some cases. Considering the fact that Texas is awash in conservative propaganda and Bible-thumping, it is no small thing that 38% of us voted for John Kerry anyway.
I realize that it was cathartic for a couple days to spew anger at Middle America, but it's time to stop spewing and start thinking.