You see, Americans are fleeing to what they see as safe zones in this great red-blue cultural separation.
This has led to an important new political term in recent elections – “The Big Sort.” This phenomenon has a more political name, as seen here:
Political scientist Larry Sabato posted an analysis … that shows how America’s “super landslide” counties have grown over time.
Of the nation’s total of 3,143 counties, the number of super-earthquake counties – where a presidential candidate won at least 80% of the vote – jumped from 6% in 2004 to 22% in 2020.
Stop it, we’re almost there by 2022!
For more than 20 years, one of my favorite writers on issues with First Amendment – even if I do not agree with him – has been David French, a Harvard Law man who is now best known for his work as a senior editor. by The broadcastas well as essays in The Atlantic Ocean, Time and somewhere else.
In this case, I will remind readers of his must-read book “Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation.” Here is a column from my column about it:
The first lines of the book are sober, especially after recent ones [Jan. 6th] scenes on Capitol Hill.
“It is time for Americans to wake up to a fundamental reality: the continued unity of the United States cannot be guaranteed,” French wrote. At present, “there is not one major cultural, religious, political, or social force that draws Americans more together than it pulls us apart.”
Americans are divided by their choices in news and popular culture. America remains the most religious nation of the developing world, but its increasingly secularized elites occupy one set of zip codes, while most traditional religious believers live in another. In politics, more and more Democrats are Democrats just because they hate Republicans, and vice versa.
At one point he added:
… Americans need to regain their confidence in federalism, to face the reality – over many controversial cultural, political, and religious issues – that Texas will never be California or that Tennessee will never be New York.
Can Americans tolerate other Americans who they consider intolerant?
In the book, he considers the case of quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem, protesting against racism and police brutality. Many Conservatives need to remember how they would have reacted if “Democratic President Barack Obama had called on the NFL to fire praying football player Tim Tebow because he ‘injected religion into football’?”
Now, after all that, look at signs of these images and themes in this dissertation statement of the new Brownstein piece, which focuses on the “new” threat to American life after the withdrawal of Rowing v. waad,
Maybe he’s actually describing a schism that started in the wake of Roe,
The Supreme Court’s draft opinion, which overturned the constitutional right to abortion, presents a major setback for reproductive freedom in America and offers a potential shock to the upcoming midterm elections. But it also sheds light on another, deeper phenomenon in American politics: the urgency and ambition of the Republican drive to lock the cultural priorities of its predominantly white, Christian and older electoral coalition into law at a time of rapid demographic. change.
In other words, the cultural right has been attacking the left hand for several decades, as opposed to the right responding to a magnificent series of gains by progressives. That seems to be the determining lens here.
But what is the big concern now? What is the specific crisis the fall of Roe would release, the new divorce that journalists will have to cover? Good reading:
The fundamental divide in our politics today is between those voters and places who are most comfortable with the demographic and cultural changes that are reshaping 21st-century America and those who are most hostile to them – what I am the Democratic “Coalition of Transformation” and the Republican “Coalition Called” of Restoration. between these two coalitions sharpen.
Alito’s draft, once finalized, would place the Supreme Court-appointed majority of the Supreme Court firmly on a collision course with the priorities and preferences of the racially and culturally diverse younger generations born since 1980, who are now a majority. of all Americans and who overwhelmingly support abortion rights. It would reinforce the already accelerating divergence in the basic civil rights and freedoms available to red-state versus blue-state Americans – and not just regarding abortion. It would also strengthen the transition to a political system in which culture, not class, is the main dividing line between the parties.
The big problem, you see, would be (#WaitForIt) federalism.
In other words, red states could pass laws that – in terms of raw democracy – reflect the views and perhaps even the compromises that are popular with their constituents. The same would of course happen in blue states, but that does not seem to be important. It does not pose a threat to the future of the nation.
This is a clash between good culture and bad culture, good believers and bad believers, between an enlightened class and a backward, even great class.
Wolle Apple, Disney-ESPN, Facebook, the NCAA, Amazon, The New York Times and other great forces in American life stand for this? Would the result be a kind of economic and technical civil war?
As it turns out, Brownstein also knows this is not a new story. Stop for some very blunt language:
Since the 1990s – and especially since the Barack Obama and Trump elections – Democrats and Republicans have sorted more consistently based on their stance on the underlying changes reshaping America. Democrats have formed a coalition of voters who are most comfortable with those changes: young adults, people of color, secular and college-educated white voters, and residents of the largest metropolitan areas. Republicans have stuck to the voters who are most troubled by these changes: older, non-college educated, non-urban, and religiously devout Christian white voters, especially evangelical Protestants, but also culturally conservative Hispanics.
Yes, there is a lot to think about here.
It does not matter what lens you use, it is difficult to ignore the religious, moral and cultural themes in this ancient, ancient story that continues to shock many (not all) journalists who are responsible for explaining America to America.
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FIRST Image: Uncredited illustration of a feature titled “Divided We Fall” on the writer’s widow’s weblog.