Red State Blue State Explanation

Great video on what happened for us to arrive at our now Red State equals Republican and Blue State equals Democrat nomenclature. But what it doesn’t do is talk about the motive.

CBS started it all.

In 1972, CBS labeled Republicans with Blue and Democrats with Red. Why? Because it made logical sense. The British Tory Party, conservative, was known to use Blue, while British Labor Party used Red. This was backed up with the fact that:

“red, on the other hand, was the color of Leftists, and left-leaning parties throughout the world. As it is today.”

Republicans were Blue. Democrats were Red. This is how all three networks worked for 20 years.

Then, the media must have seen the comparison between the US Democrats and Soviet Communism as a bad thing. In 1980, ABC first bucked the convention and switched the colors. The reason given now is that “Red for Reagan” made more sense but his election was in 1984 and ABC was already using the opposite color scheme for the 1980 election.

CBS then also switched the colors in 1984 to go along with ABC even though they were the organization that originally set the colors.

It wasn’t until 1996 that NBC also switched to make it unanimous.

But that doesn’t explain the why?

Here’s the real Red state Blue state explanation. It’s simple really. Anyone who’s ever played a videogame or watched a movie inherently understands it.

It’s the psychology of color that explains why the media worked to take Blue away from their enemies the Republicans and claim it for their side. When looking simply at Red vs Blue, Red is evil and Blue is good.

Good versus evil. Blue versus Red. That is why the media co-opted the color blue for their side.
Good versus evil. Blue versus Red. That is why the media co-opted the color blue for their side.

Truth About National Debt, Comparing Reagan, Bush, Clinton, W Bush, Obama

The folks behind 10,000 Pennies are brilliant. Truly. Far more of our information needs to be delivered in this way.

In this clip, we learn how our most recent Presidents have increased the United States National Debt via a memorable trip across the map, using speed as the rate at which our debt increased. Did I mention these guys are brilliant?

Here’s their tally. (All the numbers are adjusted for inflation.)

Ronald Reagan: 55mph (2 terms)
George HW Bush: 78mph (1 term)
Bill Clinton: 18mph (2 terms)
George W Bush: 82mph (2 terms)
Barack Obama: 237mph (1st term)
Barack Obama: 173mph (2nd term: projected)

If that’s not fiscally irresponsible, I don’t know what is.

Government spending needs to be cut, and cut drastically. Which happens to be the first, great 10,000 Pennies clip I saw: Obama Budget Cuts Visualization.

Paths to Salvation, All Are Not Equal

A desicrated American Flag

The difference between religions can be seen in how they respond to opposition.

I received this photo from someone I follow on Twitter. It’s believed to be taken in Phoenix where no one was allowed to remove it for fear of being restrained by the Capital Police and Homeland Security persons on site.

In our country, freedom to express dissenting opinions, this time by illegal aliens who want to part of America, yet refuse to abide by our rules, is tolerated.

Contrast that with ultra violent responses by Muslims across the globe to the proposed burning in the Quran that never took place.

Quran Backlash: Protesters Burn US Flag, Effigies of Obama

Muslim rioters in Asia burned effigies of U.S. President Barack Obama in protests over the “desecration of the Quran.” Sixteen people, including a 13-year-old boy, were killed in the riots. In Iran, thousands of protesters burned the American flag.

Yet many, including our own President, claim there are many paths to salvation, all of them supposedly equal. *sigh*

Update Video: Police Watch as SB1070 Illegal alien supporters desecrate US Flag during National Anthem

University Says Change Beliefs or No Degree

As astounding as this might sound, Augusta State University is threatening one of their students to change her “central religious beliefs on human nature and conduct” or be expelled.

Jennifer Keeton, threatened with dismissal from her masters program unless she changes her beliefs. America is becoming farther and farther from the Land of the Free.

You see, Jennifer Keeton has some traditional views on homosexuals and transgendered persons so that can’t be tolerated by those who claim tolerance as a hallmark. Naturally, she’s filing a lawsuit and I hope she wins.

“[Augusta State University] faculty have promised to expel Miss Keeton from the graduate Counselor Education Program not because of poor academic showing or demonstrated deficiencies in clinical performance, but simply because she has communicated both inside and outside the classroom that she holds to Christian ethical convictions on matters of human sexuality and gender identity,” the 43-page lawsuit reads.

Universities have been the bastion of liberalism for decades but this boldness is new. Alternatives in education have been springing up lately and I, for one, am encouraged.

The End of America

Is it? Is this the beginning of the end? Today is Black Monday.

What made America great was Freedom. Our freedom has been eroding since the beginning of the government imposed Welfare program, even if they had good intentions.

Then came Medicare and more. I’m not a historian but even I can see that as government grows larger, the citizen’s freedoms shrink proportionately.

The Health Care bill is brings an estimated $435,000,000,000 in new taxes to a people already in recession and with relatively high unemployment. Divide that up between the 307,006,550 citizens and we each get another $1,416 in taxes, just for this new bill. Can you afford that? I know I can’t.

Let us thank our Democrat friends for blindly pushing forward against all reason. And to think they call us the extremists.

Taxes Disguised

My wife and I are taking a trip tomorrow. Just one more example of how greedy our government is, check out these ratios for 2 tickets:

Actual Air Fare – $719.96
Taxes & Fees – $264.60
Ratio – 36.75%

How ridiculous is that? Now, we are leaving the country so maybe it’s the greed of our politicians combined with the greed of this foreign country’s politicians?