Welcome to the Middle of the Road

Red State Blue State, Me State You State

At least on tv, the world seems to be divided into two extreme camps on polar opposites of every issue. They’re the ones who get the press. They’re the ones we see screaming at the rallies. But if you really look at it, most of us live in the middle. Most of us stay on the couch and watch the people on the ends making all the noise.

I am so tired of living in a so called RED state and being painted with that brush. Have we become so completely one dimensional in our politics that you’re either one thing or the other? The results of the presidential elections are presented in “winner take all” state colors showing big bunches of red in sparsely populated areas of the country and streaks of blue in densely populated urban centers. But the truth, which is always more than a few paragraphs into the story and therefore missed by most, is that all of the states are purple in one variation or another.

I did these color maps after the ’04 and ’08 presidential elections. The colors only barely changed yet we had a completely different government. From the outside, after the 04 election, we were red and after the 08 we were blue. But all along, truth be told, we were purple.

In surveys published in Time and Newsweek in the year following the 04 presidential election, the vast majority of Americans identified themselves as more centrist in their thinking. The average American is a moderate, believing that issues are not black or white but most often gray. To say it another way, the answers to the problems are not usually red or blue but purple.

So that’s why this blog is here. It is a centrist view to offset the extremism. This is what it looks like here, in the middle of the road.

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