What’s the real difference between red and blue states?
Always has been, always will be.
Life is different in big cities than smaller cities, towns and rural areas, and these differences change voter priorities. If you explore three issues, guns, taxes and cars, you quickly arrive at the understanding that red state vs blue state is probably not a good way to make workable policy. What works in the big city, doesn’t work in lower density areas, and vice versa.
Lower Density Perception: Owning guns for self defense makes sense because the police may take 15-20 minutes to get to the scene. Because my family’s life is on the line, you can have my gun when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.
Higher Density Perception: The police are usually quick to arrive on scene, and discharging a gun is likely to hurt a bystander. Because that bystander might be my children or me, why does anyone need to own a gun?
Lower Density Perception: Lower taxes are better because I don’t get much from my local government, other than tax bills and hassles.
Higher Density Perception: Higher taxes are ok, and it’s worth paying more because I like my parks, public transportation, festivals and everything else the government does for me.
Cars and Public Transportation
Lower Population Density Perception: I have to own a car because it is how I get to work, the grocery store or to see my friends. Uber is too expensive, and public transportation is very, very slow. Public transportation is also very, very expensive, and my taxes are too high anyway.
Higher Density Perception: Cars are expensive and there are too many of them. Take the bus or ride the train.
So, the big question in post COVID America is this: will people migrate from cities to to less dense areas? Will this change America politically:
Here’s why: nothing converts a voter from red to blue or blue to red faster than moving from one density level to another. People change their perspective based on what they are experiencing in their life.