For John, BLUF: Democratic intellectuals (and aren't they mostly) want you to think that Government is inherently good. I don't think so. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Someone sent long this link to an article in The New York Times. The title is "Why Are States So Red and Blue?". Here is the lede:
Regardless of who wins the presidential election, we already know now how most of the electoral map will be colored, which will be close to the way it has been colored for decades. Broadly speaking, the Southern and Western desert and mountain states will vote for the candidate who endorses an aggressive military, a role for religion in public life, laissez-faire economic policies, private ownership of guns and relaxed conditions for using them, less regulation and taxation, and a valorization of the traditional family. Northeastern and most coastal states will vote for the candidate who is more closely aligned with international cooperation and engagement, secularism and science, gun control, individual freedom in culture and sexuality, and a greater role for the government in protecting the environment and ensuring economic equality.I was OK at the beginning, well, except for the idea that people in so-called red states don't believe in science, or that Republicans don't believe in science. I have seen some progressive arguments that make me think they deny Darwin. Of course that is better than the Progressive arguments of 100 years ago that said Darwin was cool and they would help along his theory by sterilizing and euthanizing the inferior stock.
But, after I got further into the article I thought it started to contradict itself. Then I thought it moved into a belief in the inherent goodness of Government. So, at the end, the author seems to reject the idea that the People are sovereign, and I rejected it.
I am having this same argument with my Middle Brother. He lives in the New California and was born in Philly. I am from Western Pennsylvania and am a "bitter clinger" and left high school and California when it was still the Old California, before Orange County went Democrat.
Regards — Cliff