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RED STATES: Face reality about poor leadership

Letter by Wade O. Baxter, Sumner on May 18, 2010 at 11:15 am with 14 Comments »
May 18, 2010 11:15 am

I find it very humorous that conservatives continue their rants against anything they perceive as liberal thinking and claim that they would be better able to “run” the country.

With a minor bit of Google research I found statistics for the following categories: crime rates/100,000 population, most dangerous states to live in, states with the lowest educational attainment, least healthiest states, states with highest teen pregnancy rates, states with highest divorce rates and most corrupt states.

The statistics show that the top 30 percent of states leading in these categories are predominately “red” (conservative/Republican) states. “Red” state citizens think they can run the United States better than liberals when, in fact, they are unable to take care of their own state’s problems or they wouldn’t be leading in these categories.

When conservatives can correct their own shortcomings, then I’ll be more than interested in what they have to say.

Leave a comment Comments → 14
  1. Come on now..that’s a pretty ridiculous argument to make.

    Both sides think their opinion is better than the other.

    It’s pathetic, though, when people on these boards assert a higher intelligence/moral ground because of their conservative beliefs.


  2. Volks253 says:

    When one looks at the states totally controlled by republicans, Idaho, Utah and texas and others they are in as bad or worse shape the ‘blue’ states.
    The right doesn’t have the answers, clearly. The state of the national economy is testament to that.
    The hard red states are at or near the bottom of every category one can name, wages, health, education, you name it.
    Whats needed is to work together and stop with the “NO” and the other inflammatory language calling the President a ‘socialist’ or Marxist, that does no one any good.

  3. tubbythetuba says:

    What a Red Herring…Large Urban centers are the festering grounds for crime and poverty. Liberal territory all the way.

  4. Roncella says:

    Wade, I don’t know what surveys you are referencing to make your points.

    However being from a large Democraticly controlled City, Chicago, I can tell you that crime and payoffs and violence have done well over many years in Chicago. From what I have read about Detroit, L.A. New York, Pittsburg, St. Louis, other liberal Democratic Cities that the Democrats have controlled for many years drugs, violence, Political payoffs are all doing well also.

    Wasn’t the Congressman with the thousands of dollars in his freezer a Dem. ?

    I must admit there is some good and some bad in both parties, however the Democrats are so much better at not resigning when caught and they stand behind and support the guilty party to the end. Republicans usually resign without much pressure.

  5. LuckyCharm says:

    Not to mention, all those folks who run around crying about states’ rights and want the federal government not to meddle in their business seem to be the first to criticize that very same government for not intervening “soon enough” on the BP oil geyser. Huhh??? And as if that wasn’t enough, then they turn around and want to limit the damages BP is responsible for, shifting the lion’s share of the burden on taxpayers! Wait a minute, aren’t they supposed to be for lowering taxes? Aren’t they supposed to want to protect America instead of protecting a foreign oil giant that has effectively come into our waters and trashed our Gulf coast — a company whose output would NOT have gone directly to our own oil needs, but that would have sold it on the world market to the highest bidder, just like always?

    It boggles the mind, truly.

  6. beerBoy says:

    Another stupid letter demonizing the other side……I tire of them…..from both sides.

  7. Let’s hold Michigan and Illinois up as bastions of liberalism gone viral. How can anyone with a straight face say that the libs are better at governing than the Republicans? New Orleans also come to mind, come man, take another hit off of that bowl!

  8. I notice that the newspaper already removed the news article about the city council’s flip-flop, oh well.

  9. oops! they still have it posted.

  10. RONALDUS MAGNUS and the 1980s kicked butt!!!!

  11. Wait for it…I agree with loz and bBoy. To this extent anyway…this letter represents a disease that’s spreading in this country. Google “research” from a prejudicial vantage point is meaningless. Sorry Lucky Charm.

    I can find boatloads of “data” to back up anything I want to posit here.

    I will take issue with loz on one point though and that’s this: Suggesting that conservatives claim moral and intellectual superiority makes me LOL. No one does that better than an entrenched “progressive.” Admit it.

  12. Roncella says:

    sozo, Right on. Some folks because they can’t win the debate on their own, use any means necessary to quote some blog to back their arguments. They are afraid to use their own common sense and intelligence to form an opinion that makes sense. This usually fits with liberal/progressives thinking abilities.

  13. bullman120 says:

    if red states make up 30% then blue state would make up 70%???

  14. LuckyCharm says:

    Umm, did I quote somebody or cite any source here? I’m not seeing it….

    It’s quite odd to attack someone’s sources when they’ve offered none. Or are you relying on your Beckish “connections” to accuse me of using sources that I haven’t?

    Whatever you’re smoking, sozo and Roncella, they ought to legalize and tax it.

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