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Fractured West
City Journal, by Michael J. Totten

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/3/2018 5:25:41 AM

My hometown, Portland, Oregon, voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but the Democratic Party lost almost everywhere else in the state, including in every county east of the Cascade Mountains. Except for in Vermont and Massachusetts, the same urban/rural divide in American politics exists around the country. A county-by-county map of the election looks like a Clinton archipelago in a vast Trump ocean. Lots of journalists have ventured into the rust belt to find out why so many working-class voters abandoned the Democrats for Donald Trump, but hardly anyone is asking why blue-collar voters in the rural West have

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: doodah, 1/3/2018 7:13:16 AM     (No. 11498326)

Great article! Thanks for posting. My daughter and her family live in Amity, Oregon, and this article is so true. She teaches very poor children and yet there are rich residents all around in the beautiful prosperous wine valleys. And outside of Portland, many are conservative or at least traditional thinkers!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 1976Ag, 1/3/2018 7:39:48 AM     (No. 11498339)

No one wants to recognize this as the main reason for the War of Northern Aggression from 1861-1865 but this is exactly the reason not slavery. The parallels are undeniable and follows party lines but reversed. Very accurate article.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hadjipoo, 1/3/2018 8:45:01 AM     (No. 11498395)

I thought this divide was Californians fleeing the State and taking their problems with them.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: hershey, 1/3/2018 8:46:21 AM     (No. 11498397)

Saw a graphic of the major crime spots overlaying areas the democraps won in ´16...surprise, it´s almost a perfect fit...that tell you anything?


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Reply 5 - Posted by: strike3, 1/3/2018 9:29:10 AM     (No. 11498429)

Very interesting. The Spotted Frog, Spotted Owl and the Sage Grouse win out over people. None of them were in danger, just perceived danger by greenies who didn´t know better. Water was stolen from ranchers which helped the frogs but closed down cattle ranches.

Just as with Maine, the urban areas are claimed by out of staters and the rural people are made to suffer by their decisions while prices go through the roof. The story is too familiar but I guess you have the option to move to states that are not rat-driven.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/3/2018 9:40:55 AM     (No. 11498436)

The answer is to separate the areas of the states into new states. New State of Portland- and the New State of the rest of Oregon.

the State of Seattle and the new State of Eastern Washington.

The State of San Francisco- the other State of Los Angeles, and the new State of The Rest of California.

That would pretty much solve this crap. But, inevitably, new Liberal enclaves would form in those new more rural states and they would be right back to the same old problems. Liberals can not stand living within their own fake "Utopias" and insist on moving to Republican areas where they seek "freedom". Then they start up the same liberal crap that enslaved them in the first place and soon, there they are- trapped again by their own stupid, confining laws. Liberalism truly is a disaster of the human condition. It´s like cancer- it spreads everywhere until it kills the host.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 1/3/2018 10:19:11 AM     (No. 11498480)

I have a sister who moved to Portland. She is a staunch progressive (I no longer use the term liberal for these people because their politics have nothing to do with liberty). A couple years after doing so, she expressed her shock at how racist Portland was. I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying, "Well, what did you expect, Portland is one of the most progressive cities in the country."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Noj15, 1/3/2018 1:33:23 PM     (No. 11498716)

We´re in Curry County Oregon, the frontier.

We proudly voted for Donald Trump.



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