I grew up in a “blue” state. Even before we had the terms “blue” and “red” to designate Democrat and Republican states, I lived in a Democrat “blue” state.
I watched the Bush/Gore election of 2000 at home with my family, when the red/blue designation first became an idea, based on the sheer coincidence that all three major networks happened to use the same colors to designate the same parties in an extremely close election, thus burning those designations into the collective mind.
The big media powers are trying to own you, as a voter. Trying to limit your voice.
When I was a young man of voting age, I was told that the wonderful little corner up in the upper left of that map was BLUE and there was nothing I could do about it. Just go along with the television, they told me.
I grew up in a blue state. There were mountains and lakes and trees all around me as a boy. I went to college in a (different) blue state, surrounded by hard-working people and clean air. And then I went off to seek my career in a third blue state, where I met geniuses and entrepreneurs and artists.
I don’t hate blue-state Americans at all. I am a blue-state American. In fact, my nine favorite human beings (my mother, my father, my one living grandmother, my three sisters, my two nephews and my one niece-to-be) are all blue-state Americans.
The red-blue dichotomy was just a description that happened to line up with the electoral count in the year 2000. It was not written in stone. God Himself did not create Red States and Blue States, and never the twain shall meet.
These things change.
One of the most sinister ideas out there in the current political climate is that it’s all pre-determined and already the votes have been counted. If you live in a “blue” state like me, it’s pointless to try and make a difference. Only a few undecided voters in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania (the Big Purple States) make a difference.
That’s an incredibly disheartening thing to hear, as an American. Whether you are on the Left or the Right, it’s so defeating to feel that it doesn’t matter how you vote. No wonder so many people are cynical about politics these days.
But these things change.
There used to be a party in the United States called the Whig Party. William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore were all Presidents of the United States under that party name.
There are no Whigs today.
At the time of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, it was a question of Federalists vs “Democratic-Republicans.”
There are no Federalists today.
This country is legendary, but it’s not that old. Things change very fast. We fought an incredibly bloody war, North vs South, right here on our own soil, less than 150 years ago.
California was in the 1950’s and 1960’s the most reliable Republican state in the land.
Don’t believe the narrative that Red and Blue states are written in blood and stone, nor that they shall never change.
Things have been so narrow the last few elections, so very and depressingly narrow. It’s not even down to Florida and Pennsylvania, they tell us on TV. It’s just Colorado and New Hampshire, they say.
Well sometimes those things change.
And they’re changing right now. I can see it. The Whig Party is gone. The “Democrat-Republicans” are no longer united. The Civil War was a long time ago, and the Depression (god bless my grandparents) is a distant memory.
Your state’s “color” is not written in stone.
The media tells you that some “blue” state like Michigan or Oregon can’t possibly go for any candidate other than whichever person the Democrats nominate. “That’s it, Michiganders and Oregonians, we’re not interested in your actual opinion. You’re all ‘blue.’ You’ve served your purpose. Thank you very much. Goodbye”
Well, not so fast.
I happen to live and breathe among Michiganders and Oregonians. And they’re not so sure your media narrative is correct. Most of them are just waiting for the slightest sign. It’s not nearly as wrapped-up as you think.
And this is true in Wisconsin, and it’s true in Missouri, and it’s true in Maine, and it’s true in the God-damn most beautiful state in all the Union, Washington State.
And in New York. And in Vermont. And in Nevada. And even in those states you might like to make fun of. There are patriots in New Jersey. There are millions of patriots in the Golden State of California, with that glorious grizzly bear prowling across its flag.
(If you don’t think that flag is cool, there’s something wrong with you.)
In the next election, there are probably a few states that are out of play. Alaska will not go to the Democrats no matter what happens. Likewise, Rhode Island is out of play for the Republicans.
But I have some news for those of you who are in my situation. I’m a Washingtonian (the good kind, with mountains and apples and 747s, not the bad kind with lobbyists and scandals). My state is supposed to be “blue.”
So my vote is not supposed to count.
Guess what? I actually feel that Trump can win this state. There are a few people here that will vote Blue no matter who the candidates are. But they are fewer than you might think.
Maybe you’ve gotten used to maps like this shoved in your face for the last 20 years:
You are sick of it because you live in California and you thought Romney seemed like a decent fellow. You are sick of it and you live in Connecticut and you thought Pat Buchanan seemed less narcissistic than Bill Clinton.
They tell you ahead of time what color your state is, before you’ve even voted.
But sometimes the tide changes, and it’s overwhelming.
Yes, that’s the actual map from FDR’s second election in 1936.
Sometimes there is a Civil War and no blood is shed.
Yep, just 30 years ago, that’s what it looked like.
Things change, my friends. And sometimes they change very rapidly.
Most of the media is in bed with the Establishment, as you already sense. Believe me, they want you to think that your particular state is not in play.
You live in Delaware or Kansas. Blue or Red. It’s already 100% for Hillary Clinton, or 100% for Jeb Bush. That’s it. Thanks for playing. Goodbye. No prize for you. Please leave now.
That’s not how it works. All of these states are in play. Even Alaska. Even Hawaii. Even Texas. Even California.
Something big is happening, that’s going to make the pundit’s scramble and panic.
Especially if you live in a state like mine (Washington), where a big city population (Seattle, in this case) usually outweighs the big land majority of the state (Eastern Washington, Island County, and the Peninsula), don’t be fooled. The margins are much closer than you think. You can outvote those people.
Even within the cities (and I live in a city), there are tens and hundreds of thousands of people voting with you. These so-called blue states are not on lock-down. They’re ripe for the picking.
Even in Chicago. In Los Angeles, in Portland, Miami, New Orleans, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, even in Seattle, even in San Francisco, there are a huge number of people that are waiting to flip their states from “blue” to “red.”
Even if you live in California, and it’s really out of reach… imagine if you made it a 51-49 vote. They’d be freaking out! Even in New York. Even in Illinois. It’s much closer than you think.
The powers-that-be really wish you people would all just behave and vote how you are “supposed to.”
Especially you “red” voters living in “blue” states, like I do.
Won’t it be fun to give them all a big surprise?