(Photo: The Drudge Report)
This photo greeted me today as I clicked on the Drudge Report for any breaking news. Doesn’t it appear to be a contradiction of what the results say? Then you realize that the distribution of population is more heavily concentrated in the areas along the coast. Then you think to yourself, “this country really is split.” It really is concerning in the sense that we have two massive groups of people with such varied ideological views. To me this split mirrors Americas past quite closely. A split in national opinion has never been this divided since The Civil War. Looking at the map of the divided states during that time, it does also give me some ease. During the Civil War the united states was split into two sides almost equally. There was a clear border and clear outline of where the split had occurred. Now looking at the split of the recent election you see that the split has occurred in a way that leaves pockets of democratic counties amount pockets of republican counties and visa-versa. In order for there to be a mass split of the union again…it would recquire a mass exodus of one political party to one location. There are however large areas where the politcal parties have gained almost total control. Along the east coast for example is a large area of “blue states” and also along the west coast. But look at the large section of “red states” in the middle. It pretty much makes up the majority of our country in land space. It almost seems like the Republicans are being corralled into the middle of the state. This is a new era for the United States. I have a few predictions about what the Country will see in the next decade or two: (I’m not saying these things are certain, I just feel like it’s the direction our country is headed.)
1) The creation of a major third party that will be heavily backed by the Latino and Immigrant base.
2) An eventual national acceptance of many of the social issues you see today (Gay Rights, Abortion, Legalization of Marijuana and other Drugs, and a relaxation on immigration laws.
3) Wide Spread Socialization of Government Programs- i.e. Socialism.
4) An even further divide of church and state.
5) Pockets of America will be heavily concentrated with a Christian Base…but constantly beat in every election by the vast majority of liberal and diversity filled areas.
6) A Latino President, A Black Female President, An Atheist President, A Gay President, an Imigrant President.
When I look at those…I have a little fear, but at the same time…it’s just change. It happens all the time. History has seen it a million times over, this country has seen it a million times over. This isn’t the America that was founded so long ago. Heck, it wasn’t even the America that was founded by the time we reached the 1800’s. Things will change, its the natural order of things. It is also prudent for those that truly believe in preserving parts of our past to do so. That is why this country is about. It is about the ability to change things, and when the country is ready to move on it will. The country never thought it would see the day when Blacks would have the same rights as whites. The country never thought it would see the day when a Catholic would take office. The country never thought they would see the day when a woman had just as much chance to be our president. The country never thought it would see a lot of things. We today are living in a world that is no more dangerous, and no more changing than the day this world was created.