IT’S NO SECRET. America has devolved into Red State/Blue State political apartheid. It’s based on geography, lifestyle and issues, not on race or color.
The Northeast and Pacific coast are Democratic Blue. The South, Great Plaines and Rocky Mountains are Republican Red. The problem is abetted within states by gerrymandering.
Development of political apartheid in America was accompanied by the hollowing out of the American industrial base, the demise of labor unions, and growth of the financial sector. A deepening divide between rich and poor is salt in the wound.
Red/Blue apartheid is largely responsible for gridlocking the government in Washington. Some states and cities are also experiencing gridlock and financial trouble. If not for the Great Recession and continuing economic decline, perhaps political dysfunction by itself would not be serious.
Now, the sputtering engine of taxation and government finance is running out of gas, as many American corporations scurry to abandon the sinking ship. The technical term for this particular form of treason is “corporate inversion.”
Bill Clinton, campaigning this week with Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, a Red state, made the following comment, as reported by The Washington Post.
“It would be wrong to try and build a future for America that leaves rural America and small-town America out.”
That’s an understatement. If we Americans allow the pathology of political apartheid/ government dysfunction/ economic decline to fester, we will be inviting collapse of democratic government.
Remember, In our hyper-complex world, the speed of change is balls to the wall. We’re constantly vulnerable to black swans. Or if you prefer, Murphy’s Law.
“Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.”
Exactly what would replace democratic government, I do not know. I don’t want to think about it, but the words “fascism” and “communism” come too readily to mind.
In the next post, I’ll consider Red/Blue political apartheid in my own home state, Maryland.