At an ex-pat message board I frequent, a participant recently asked, "Have your feelings towards your home country changed?" Now given that the majority of people who hang out there are Americans living abroad, the answers have naturally focused on the U.S. I haven’t weighed in yet, mostly because my feelings about the "Land of the Free and Home of the Brave" were already well established in the realm of disappointment and embarrassment before I moved to Sweden. Two and a-half years later my disenchantment has only grown stronger and better informed.
So this got me to thinking about the whole Red State/Blue State phenomenon…which lead me to recall a really interesting commentary on it by Andrew Sullivan that I intended to link from here when I first read it, but was probably too depressed over the election results to even bother. The column, which is titled Conflicted America: The Ironies Abound, discusses the statistics which show that the Red States and Blue States are divided by a lot more than geography. So now I’ve linked, and tracked-back to it, and hope that a few more people will find it and give it a read.