It used to be that Virginia was a Red State. North of the border in Maryland and New England was occupied America, but in Virginia we were still free. Now, Virginia, despite Youngkin's still being governor is a decidedly Blue State. And to show its blueness, they are doing their very best to pass a ban on scary looking rifles that everybody owns and uses.
Today, North Carolina is a Purple State. But due to the desire by the politicians, who offer sweetheart deals Big Tech and the EV industry to come here, we are being invaded by leftists from all over the country. And of course, a number of people from New York have come here looking for lower taxes and a better quality of life. Taken all together, it is fine for people to come here, but why do they have to bring their politics with them?
Today at the American Thinker Stephan Helgesen has a post entitle Red state dilemma: stand up to incoming progressive residence or flee? that sums up what we are facing. He specifically cites Colorado as an example, but the problem is everywhere throughout the Red states. Progressives are moving to these Red states from the Blue, and then voting in the very laws and policies that befouled their own nests back home.
No one can dispute how politically different Red states are from Blue states in our super-polarized country. When a large group of ideologically motivated people (usually leftists) move into a state, county, or neighborhood, things invariably change. The question for conservatives, who are usually the ones whose nice communities are changed for the worse, is whether they should flee or fight.
The once-conservative People’s Republic of Colorado perfectly proves how an influx of leftists changes an area. Most recently, Colorado decided to remove Donald Trump from the ballot.
Staying with Colorado for a moment, the voters in two principal zip codes decide life for everyone else in the state: Denver, with 198,928 registered Democrats, 45,493 Republicans, and 191,316 unaffiliated (but leaning Democrat) voters, and Boulder, with 93,721 Democrats, 26,789 Republicans, and 97,014 unaffiliated (but leaning Democrat) voters. It’s no wonder that city councils and county governments can and are dictating what is or isn’t acceptable behavior at the ballot boxes and in the courts.
These big city zealots have consistently forced business owners to subordinate their religious beliefs if they are to stay in business. Home-grown Coloradans like cake-makers and website designers were persecuted by Colorado’s courts for daring to defend their beliefs and for standing up to the new wave of Progressives who now represent that state’s political majority.
As the recent effort to remove Trump from the Colorado ballot shows, though, this tyranny of the majority doesn’t stop with persecuting Colorado’s own citizens. Had they been successful, they would have erased any possibility that disaffected Democrats and independents might turn away from Biden and, instead, joined with conservatives to cast their vote for Trump.
Colorado is emblematic of the new Left’s strategy to win nationally by winning locally, by any means possible. The state is also working hard to change the culture by remaking it as a Leftist utopia (some would say dystopia) where only one opinion is acceptable. It is on a crusade to create a uni-culture based on wokeness and political correctness, and woe betide anyone who gets in the way of that crusade.
I vaguely remember a project a number of years ago by libertarians to have a bunch of them move to New Hampshire to change the state to be more libertarian. Being libertarians, that never worked. But the Leftists seemed to have picked it up and are infiltrating conservative states. There is currently no way to stop them. The Constitution allows people to travel freely and to settle where they wish. But it does place a real dilemma on the shoulders of conservatives.