America Is Really Two Americas?

6 Nov

Michael Barone, a political analyst for the Washington Examiner, just published an interesting essay titled “America Is Two Countries Not on Speaking Terms”.  Excerpts are below, but if you wish to read the entire column, go to

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_michael_barone/america_is_two_countries_not_on_speaking_terms

Excerpts:

.  .  .  whether Barack Obama is re-elected to a second term or Mitt Romney is elected the 45th president, the contours of their support during this fiercely fought campaign show that we live in Two Americas.  .  .  .

We tend to choose the America that is culturally congenial. Most people in the San Francisco Bay area wouldn’t consider living in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, even for much better money. Most Metroplexers would never relocate to the Bay Area.

There are plenty of smart and creative and successful people in both Americas. But they don’t like to mix with each other these days.  .  .  .

One America tends to be traditionally religious, personally charitable, appreciative of entrepreneurs and suspicious of government. The other tends to be secular or only mildly religious, less charitable on average, skeptical of business and supportive of government as an instrument to advance liberal causes.  .  .  .

As a result, there are going to be many Americans profoundly unhappy with the result of this election, whichever way it goes. Those on the losing side will be especially angry with those whose candidate won.  .  .  .

Now the Two Americas disagree, sharply. Government decisions enthuse one and enrage the other. The election may be over, but the Two Americas are still not on speaking terms.

[End of excerpts]

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