Conservative Red versus Liberal Blue – a new way to see politics in America

Tired of the usual political lies and mudslinging, I decided to come up with another method to compare and contrast conservative Republicans with liberal Democrats—a method so different that no one had used it before and it could not be twisted by the usual, expected lies designed to confuse and mislead voters.

When most Americans think of conservatives, they see people that are anti gay, anti abortion, supporting lower taxes for the rich and less government in addition to the right to own a weapon such as assault rifles and automatic pistols.

For liberals, thanks to conservative talk-radio shows such as Limbaugh and Beck, many Americans see Democrats as evil liberals that will take away America’s cherished freedoms while supporting a woman’s right to an abortion (seen as murder by radical conservatives); will support laws that severely restrict the sale of weapons, worship the environment in place of God and for the most part believes global warming is caused by carbon emissions—something some conservatives deny with poisonous passion.

When I started researching this topic, I had no idea what the results would be. In addition, I focused on facts gathered from sources with no political agendas. If you conclude that I am biased, think again. The definition of bias says, “Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.”

However, I am opinionated, which means: “A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.”

In this post, you will discover that my opinion was formed from the facts that I gathered and if a bias is detected in my opinion, it came through that research.

Instead of the usual hot-button political issues, I turned to obesity, most racist, most corrupt, most violent, least violent and a ranking of the smartest states.

Then I used the facts from several reports/studies on these five topics to compare Red (conservative) to Blue (liberal) states as determined by compiling the average margins of victory in the five presidential elections between 1992 and 2008. Source: Red states and blue states – Wiki

In my opinion, the results of this study from facts gathered from sources without any political agenda may surprise you and change your perception of how average conservative and liberal voters think and what they believe. When you judge someone, do not judge them from what they say but what they do: lifestyle choices. For example, an alcoholic or drug addict may deny that he is not one when his habits and behavior prove otherwise.

OBESITY:

The Huffington Post published an obesity index ranking all fifty states. Of the first twenty-five states with the least number of obese people, sixteen (64%) were liberal Blue States and seven (28%) were Red (GOP). Of the twenty-five most obese states, fifteen (60%) voted conservative Red (GOP) and five (20%) went liberal Blue.

MOST racist states in America:

Top Ten.com listed the most racist states in America. Eight (80%) of these states voted conservative (GOP) in the last five Presidential elections, and two were considered battle-ground states.  None of the states on this list cast a majority vote for a Blue-state candidate (so-called liberal Democrats).

MOST Politically Corrupt states in America:

Information on the eight most politically corrupt states in America came from two sources: Fox Business.com (a known conservative media corporation) and iLook China.net.

Seven (87.5%) of the eight-most politically corrupt states in America voted Red and one (12.5%) went liberal Blue.

MOST violent states in America:

The Huffington Post listed the ten most violent states in America. Number 10, Maryland, was the only Blue state (10%). Two (Nevada and Florida) are considered battleground states in the 2012 Presidential election, and seven (70%) of the top ten most violent states voted RED (conservative).

LEAST violent states in America:

I turned to Bossip.com to find the 10 least violent states in America and discovered two (20%), Utah (#5) and North Dakota (#6) voted Red. The other eight (80%) went liberal Blue.

SMARTEST State Award in America:

The results of the 2006 Smartest State Award (based on 21 factors from Morgan Quitno.com – click to see those factors) of the top-ten states was: eight (80%) voted liberal Blue and two (20%) went with conservative Red.

1, Wyoming (Blue)

2. Massachusetts (Blue)

3. Connecticut (Blue)

4. New Jersey (Blue)

5. Main (Blue)

6. Virginia (Red – GOP)

7. Montana (Red – GOP)

8. Wisconsin (Blue)

9. Iowa (Blue)

10. Pennsylvania (Blue)

In conclusion: After this report, I may think of the average conservative Republican voter as fat/obese and/or a racist and/or politically and morally corrupt, and/or an Evangelical Fundamentalist Christian, violent and not very smart, while the average liberal Democratic voter is more into healthy living and/or is peace loving and highly educated—in fact, more of a free thinker instead of a Rush Limbaugh ditto head (Note: I once listened to Limbaugh, and during those years, he called his fans ditto heads. He also said he would do their thinking for them.)

Abraham Lincoln—a Republican and the 16th President of the United States (1861 – 1865)—is credited to have said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

It’s ironic that this quote—”You can fool some of the people all of the time”—describes the average Republican voter of today.

Note:  The word average, as used in this post, means applying the concept of an average to find a value about which recent data is in some way clustered.

– UPDATE added on August 24, 2012 –

EVANGELICAL FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIANS:

Thanks to a conversation sparked by Devin Barber, who writes Left of the Right at Gather, I’m adding this update as more evidence to help define the average Republican voter in America. It’s rather long but sometimes the shortest comment from an Internet Troll, in this case going by the name of Dan E, requires a lengthy response loaded with facts.

“The platform committee for next week’s Republican National Convention today approved a strict anti-abortion plank that prompted a rebuke from Senator Scott Brown as GOP candidates try to contain fallout from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comment about rape …” Source: Boston.com – August 21, 2012

Why does the Republican Party (GOP) run on a strict anti-abortion platform?

To discover the answer to this question, we need to look closely at the states that have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Six reasons have been given for opposing the ERA, but I will only mention one: The ERA would put abortion rights into the U.S. Constitution and make abortion funding a new constitutional right. Source: Arkansas Republican Assembly (ARRA)

The GOP must have a strong platform against abortion or  risk losing its largest block of voters.

Evangelicals have been recognized as pivotal players in the American political landscape at least since the election of President Jimmy Carter. As a vital component of the values voter bloc, along with conservative Roman Catholics, they are even credited with making the crucial difference in the 2004 presidential race. Source: US News.com

In addition, “One study found that 40 percent of the total vote for Bush in 2000 came from Christian Evangelicals, making it the largest single voting bloc in the Republican Party. …

“The most exclusionary and antidemocratic members of the Christian Right are often members of Christian political action groups such as Concerned Women for America. These are groups that regularly spread alarmist and frequently inaccurate claims about liberals, radicals, gays, and feminists. The more frequently a self-identified Evangelical/Born-Again person attends church functions, and the more conservative the theological doctrine and social beliefs they follow, the more likely they are to vote Republican. This especially stands out on the issue of abortion, with 73 percent of Evangelical Bush voters responding that abortion should be illegal in all cases, compared to only 23 percent of Evangelical Gore voters.

“While attacks on civil liberties can come from any direction, the political and Christian Right use skillful marketing that exploits the public’s desire for quick solutions and capitalizes on today’s hectic information flow. With clever slogans that oversimplify complex public policy issues, the Right routinely scapegoats others in pursuit of their agenda.” Source: PRA: Political Research Associates

The twenty states that have not ratified ERA are:

1. Arkansas: In 2008:
Democratic Governor
Democrats control both houses of the legislature
51-100% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections.

2. Alabama:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

3. Arizona:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Democratic candidate carried the state in all four of the most recent elections

4. Florida:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate each carried the state in two of the four most recent elections

5. Georgia
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

6. Illinois:
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– Democratic Governor
– 11-20% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Democratic candidate carried the state in all four of the most recent elections

7. Louisiana:
– GOP governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections.

8. Mississippi:
– GOP governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

9. Missouri:
– Democratic Governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 31-40% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The  Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections.

10. Nevada:
– GOP governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 11-20% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate each carried the state in two of the four most recent elections

11. North Carolina:
– Democratic Governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

12 . South Carolina:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

13. Oklahoma:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 51-100% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

14.Utah:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 6-10% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 61-70% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states), and the Mormon Church opposes abortion. About 61% of the state’s population are members of The Church of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Utah has the highest birth rate in the US.
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

In a setback for the ERA, five states have since rescinded their ratifications thereby requiring ratification by eight more states.

15. Virginia:
– GOP governor
– one chamber of the legislature controlled by the Democratic Party and the other one controlled by the GOP
– 31-40% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

16.Nebraska:
Note: It is unique in that it is the only American state legislature that is unicameral. Unicameralism is the practice of having only one legislative or parliamentary chamber.– – — GOP governor
– Membership of state legislature by party affiliation (GOP 34 – Democratic Party 15)
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

17. Tennessee:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 51-100% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

18. Idaho:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

19. Kentucky:
– Democratic Governor
– one chamber of the legislature controlled by the Democratic Party and the other one controlled by the GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

20. South Dakota:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

One of several sources used to gather this information for each state: Pew Forum.org

In fact, “The notion of compromise is alien to the radical religious right, because from their point of view either a belief comes from God, and is therefore absolutely and eternally true, or it comes from the secular world and ultimately from Satan, and is therefore utterly false, no matter how reasonable it may seem.

“For their part, the Republicans in the United States have been happy to see their party energized by the fervor and commitment that religious right true believers can bring to the political process. Since the late 1970s the religious right has steadily transformed the Republican Party from a basically secular, conservative, civic-minded party to become the public face of legitimacy for the otherwise alien values of the radical religious right.

“For almost three decades the leaders of Christian fundamentalist groups have increasingly radicalized their followers by using certain explosively emotive issues. Principal among those has been the legality of abortion, which they consider to be the murder of unborn children.” Source: Sklatch.net

Note: Where you find Democratic majorities in states where voters mostly vote for GOP presidential candidates and there is a high percentage of Evangelical Christians living in that state, the odds are that you will find Blue Dog Democrats representing the values of those same people. Blue Dogs are conservative Democrats that do not support abortion, gay marriages or gun control. Arizona has the only state chapter of Blue Dog Democrats.

Conclusion: Fifteen of the twenty states that have not ratified the ERA are controlled by the GOP, while only one of the twenty is controlled by the Democratic Party.  Four of the states may be  considered swing states.

To arrive at this conclusion, I gave each state four points:

1. One point for the governor

2. One point for the legislature (if the state legislature was split, one-half point went to each party)

3. One point for Evangelical Christians (This point counts only if 31% or more of the state population are Evangelical Christians)

4. One point for Presidential elections (if the state split between Democrats and the GOP, each party received one-half point)

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PLEASE READ

If you are an American citizen and you are wondering who to vote for in the 2012 Presidential Election, Vote Smart.org offers a way to match candidates to your political views.

I tested the selection process and discovered that the results depend on how you answer the questions.

For example, abortion: When I selected pro-choice, the candidates were Gary Johnson, a Libertarian Republican; Barack Obama, a Democrat, and Jill Stein of the Green Party.

Then I switched my vote to pro-life, and my choices were Virgil Good of the American Constitution Party, and Ron Paul/Mitt Romney of the Republican Party.

The issues covered were: abortion, Afghanistan, budget, economy, education, energy, environment, guns, health care, immigration, marriage, national security and social security. Click on each issue and find out your best choices and keep score to see who you should vote for.

There is a similar Vote-Easy selection offered for the Congressional Election.

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12 thoughts on “Conservative Red versus Liberal Blue – a new way to see politics in America

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  2. I had no idea. I mean one or two of these facts could be a coincidence but there are so many. What’s wrong with the Republicans? Why are they causing so much suffering and stupidity?

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  4. This is a fascinating view of things, Lloyd, and it really surprised me. Since I’m not an American, and don’t live in your country, I believe I can see this ‘emotional’ subject with some objectivity. And though I see myself as a peace loving person, who enjoys the company of cultured people, and despises corruption, I’m not sure that your study can be of much help in choosing a candidate or a political position. I’ve noticed in the past, that some of the most patriotic populations can be found in prisons. And that some of the greatest examples of corruption can be found among people who are unquestionably intelligent. Likewise, the Americans, whom I learned to love when visiting your country, are considered boors and lesser human beings by the Europeans, who can easily get carried away in a stream of indignation when they discuss every aspect of the American personality. But what does this have to do with values? It seems to me that the voter should examine the platform and the past accomplishments of each party and the candidates on the list, and decide which reflect his own positions.

    • You are correct. This is no way to judge an individual candidate running for political office in the US, who should be judged on his or her individual voting record and statements made on the campaign trail.

      Instead, this sort of list may reveal the average mindset of the average voter that supports and votes for conservative/Tea Party/neoconservative/Christian evangelical GOP candidates (the other side of the coin of the GOP and the Democratic Party—on one side we have candidates running for election and on the other side we have the people that vote for them).

      In fact, a reliable non-biased source to help judge individual candidates from both political parties would be to use a site such as “Project Vote Smart”, where for example, we could see the voting record of Representative Paul D. Ryan, who is now running for VP of the US.

      http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26344/

      If we examine Ryan’s voting record, we begin to understand what his beliefs are and this record reaches back to March 3, 1999 when he voted NO for a Bill that authorized the Peace Corps (if you go to Ryan’s voting record page through the above links, scroll down to see how he votes). Ryan has a long voting record so it should be easy to spend an hour or two to see if this candidate votes as you want him to.

      Another vote he cast on December 8, 2012 was “NO” for the “Mine Safety Act”. He also voted “NO” for “Aiding Those Facing Foreclosure Act” even though many of those people were victims of the 2007-08 global financial crises and lost jobs due to it. What I found most interesting was comparing Ryan’s votes during the Bush Presidency (2001-2009) to the Obama Presidency (2009 – )

      In addition, if one is curious about the bills Ryan voted for or against, he or she may click on a link that goes to a page that describes the bill. There is also a list of statements Ryan made for 2012 while he is campaigning for the GOP Presidential ticket.

      Through a candidates voting record we may learn more about the candidates than from their campaign speeches, which are usually laced with lies and misinformation from candidates of every political party to influence voters bringing me back to this post and a profile of the average voter for each of the major political parties in the US.

      There are other sites that also check the claims candidates make while giving speeches during a political campaign.

      FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center is one

      http://factcheck.org/about/

      “We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

      “FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels.”
      Here’s another site:

      PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times to help you find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Times fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on our Truth-O-Meter:

      http://www.politifact.com/

      What I found interesting was the Obameter in the right hand column rating the promises of the GOP compared to President Obama. Then in the left hand column we have a the truth meter—a scorecard separating fact from fiction

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      Furthermore, we now know that the GOP panders (more than most Democratic candidates do) to voters that will not check sites such as Vote Smart, Fact Check.org, or Politifact.com — voters that do not vote smart but instead vote with their emotions, biases and prejudices.

      As for me, I’m an independent voter and that means I am not registered as a Republican or Democrat and I check the facts from sites such as Vote Smart and these other sites before I cast my vote. Truth and trust is an important factor to me.

      However, registered Democrats still dominate the political playing field with more than 42 million voters, compared to 30 million Republicans and 24 million independents. To win most elections, the GOP must convince enough independents to vote for a Republican candidate, while working hard to turn off registered Democratic voters so they will stay home and not vote.

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      What’s really tragic for a country that bills itself as a roll model of democracy for the world is trends in voting.

      Voting and Registration in the US Congressional Elections between Presidential elections shows that slightly more than 40% of eligible voters vote and slightly less than 60% of eligible voters register to vote.

      During a Presidential election these number improve, and about 60% of eligible voters go to the polls while registration reaches about 70%.

      Education also plays an important role. Sixty to sixty-five percent of college graduates vote compared to about 22% of those that did not complete high school.

      And if you check the chart that shows the percent that voted in the November 2010 election, you will discover that some states, such as Texas had a voter turnout of 36.4 – 41% compared to states with high turnouts of 54.9 – 59.4%.

      Source: http://smpbff1.dsd.census.gov/TheDataWeb_HotReport/servlet/HotReportEngineServlet?reportid=767b1387bea22b8d3e8486924a69adcd&emailname=essb@boc&filename=0328_nata.hrml

      Then we look at a Voter Turnout comparison between countries:

      In 1995, Iceland had the largest voter turnout at 88% compared to the US at 38% for the 1994 election.

      Source: http://archive.fairvote.org/turnout/compare2.htm

      In addition, here’s a more complete chart comparing democracies for presidential elections:

      Burundi was number on and 97.3% of voters voted. The US was ranked at 55 with 67.4%. Last place, #86, was Mali with a turn out of 28.4%. Israel was #24 with a 78.7% turnout. America, on the other hand, is sandwiched between Armenia (#54) and Honduras (#56)

      Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/dem_pre_ele_reg_vot_tur-presidential-elections-registered-voter-turnout

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