Monday, August 26, 2013

Remember This Map?

This first came out after the 2004 presidential election as an explanation for how Bush #43 beat John Kerry. The narrative was usually articulated as Kerry lost because of a wave of insane evangelical religious fervor that motivated people to vote who lacked all good sense and reason. Only bastions of logic and rational thought (you know, like Illinois, Michigan, and California) stood between America and a complete theocratic dictatorship that would destroy not only the United States but the rest of the world as well.

Or something like that.

I'm not familiar with any comparable maps that came out after 2008 or 2012. The funny thing is that we went from being almost nothing but Jesusland to . . . what exactly?

In this day and age, all we hear about is whether or not social issues like abortion and homosexuality should be abandoned by political movements seeking to cast themselves as conservative or, barring that, at least Republican. It's a weird thing how we went from allegedly being a nation of religious fanatics with sufficient numbers to swing an entire presidential election for a guy who admittedly wasn't very popular to a lot of people (Bush) to an Enlightened country that is so completely post-moral regarding these issues that they should be removed from political discourse altogether.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a very interesting post.
It's snooze time where I am but I'm sure I'll give it further thought
tomorrow. Perhaps you'll extend your comments.