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Tue Jun 24, 2014, 01:11 PM

 

5 Things Red State Liberals Want Blue State Liberals To Know [View all]

http://www.liberalamerica.org/2013/11/10/5-things-red-state-liberals-want-blue-state-liberals-know/

2) We do fight back! Just because you see a Republican controlled state running amok doesnít mean that liberals on the ground are not fighting back. We are! Mississippi is a great example for every horrible bill you see signed by our Governor there are 30-40 more that people fought to get rid of. Just because you donít see it in the news doesnít mean it didnít happen.

3) Those really bad laws the GOP tries out in red states? Your states arenít immune. I often hear from blue state liberals that they are so grateful they donít ďlive in a state like Mississippi.Ē On the surface, I understand what they mean. I also think they are naive to think the Koch brothers, ALEC, Americans United for Life, the Tea Party, and other groups with far right agendas plan to confine their activities to red states. They do not. For proof, look no further than the U.S. House of Representatives, where the same extreme abortion laws we have seen at the state level are being presented at the federal level.

4) We need your support, not your pity or your scorn. Hereís the thing: we red state liberals get that red states statistically receive more federal tax money than we kick in. We get it. What is not productive is every time there is an article or discussion about something happening in one of our states that the people on our side fight to remind us. We arenít the other side. We are on the team. It isnít helpful in conversations about red states to default to ďI feel so sorry for you.Ē Donít. Itís not helpful to tell us how our states are so <fill in the blank>. Blue states arenít without problems of racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and oppression. Red states donít own these areas. What is helpful is that we all support each other in making strides in politics and liberal causes.

5) We do exist! Since I live in the very red state of Mississippi, I get this all the time: ďWhere are the liberals in your state?Ē We are here. We are on the ground doing work; we are raising money for candidates, fighting back against horrid legislation and ballot initiatives, working for environmental causes and a host of other things. Just because you see big gains by the republicans doesnít even mean itís a true representation of the states electorate. Look no further than the effect gerrymandering has had on Pennsylvania where, despite a slight majority of democrats, the voting lines are skewed in favor of the GOP.

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