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Red States: an indictment

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My readers know I’m not overly fond of red states, Trump supporters, evangelicals or homophobes. In many cases these categories overlap: your typical Trump lover is all four, in addition, probably, to being racist, xenophobic and ignorant. In my entire lifetime, there’s never been a president who so blatantly appealed to the worst of Americans…until now.

I was reminded of this, yet again, when I got a mass email (i.e., from a mailing list) that contained some useful information: a listing of the 20 fattest states in America. Here they are, with #1 being the fattest of all the 50 states:

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Kentucky
  4. Tennessee
  5. Alabama
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Louisiana
  8. Arkansas
  9. Delaware
  10. Ohio
  11. Michigan
  12. Maine
  13. South Carolina
  14. Iowa
  15. Kansas
  16. Texas
  17. North Carolina
  18. Maryland
  19. Georgia
  20. Rhode Island

As you can see, the first eight are southern states, and most of the rest are red (Trump states). Okay, so we can acknowledge that Trump voters are fat. But what else do we know about them?

Well, red (mainly southern) states have the highest rates of infant mortality as well as the highest rate of births to unwed mothers (Mississippi leads in both categories. So much for those wonderful family values they’re always talking about!) Speaking of family values, we also see the highest divorce rates in mainly red, southern states, with the exception of Nevada, which has the nation’s highest divorce rate—for obvious reasons! These same red, southern states also lead the U.S. in the poverty rate, with Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama and West Virginia joined only by New Mexico for the poorest states in the union (and I suspect New Mexico is up there only because of its large population of Native Americans, whose poverty is high not because of a disinclination to study hard and succeed, but because of a century of broken treaty promises by the Federal government).

I mention these things not to shame southern red states, but to further elucidate whom these Trump lovers are. They’re fat. They’re sexually irresponsible, and as we all know, children raised out of wedlock tend to have far worse problems than those from happy marriages. And these Trumpers are poor–not that there’s anything wrong with that, but poor, rural, unhealthy people are not the type we want voting in our elections. And finally, before I end this post, let me show you one final statistic: the southern, red states of Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi have by far the highest rates of evangelicals in the country.

That is not a coincidence. It all ties together. The fatter, dumber and poorer people are—and the more they raise babies out of wedlock—the more apt they are to be evangelicals. Or we could put it the other way around: the more evangelical people are, the more likely they are to be bad citizens.

I wish that, in the Democratic debates for president, one of the candidates would have the courage to identify evangelicals as a threat to America. They won’t, of course, because they harbor a fantasy that a few evangelicals here and there in red and swing states will realize the awfulness of Trump and vote Democratic in 2020. This will not happen; trust me. Evangelicals are a lost cause. Because they don’t believe in facts or science, but in nonsense like the rapture and second coming, they cannot think straight. Which, by the way, is exactly how their preachers—Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jr. and the rest of the scammers and con artists—want them to remain: dumb, docile and credulous, tithing their hard-earned incomes to the church, so the preachers can live in their mansions and cavort with their sordid girlfriends (hello Jimmy Swaggart)—or boyfriends (hello Ted Haggard!).

This is what the Republican Party has become: a cult of the worst people in America, led by deviant preachers and a deviant president, Donald J. Trump. I’d love to be around in 50 years when the history books have the final say on this era. They’ll say something like “The U.S. came the closest it’s ever been to dissolution and disaster since the Civil War, due to the criminal reign on Trump and the evangelicals who supported him. Fortunately, enough Americans realized the danger before it was too late, threw Trump out of office and then indicted and jailed him for crimes ranging from tax fraud and sexual harassment to perjury, bribery and obstruction of justice. And enough Americans also saw the perversion of the evangelical movement and, in the 2020s, abandoned it in droves, so that it thrives in just a few isolated rural pockets today.”

Wouldn’t that be nice to read?

P.S. Beshear in Kentucky, the State House in Virginia. The Suburbs are speaking! Trump and his evil regime are going down! #BlueWave2020!!

  1. Bob Rossi says:

    One notable omission from the Top/Bottom 20 list — Virginia, a Southern state that is increasingly blue.

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