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Red States, Blue States, United States?

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Red State, Blue State.

I wonder how much longer we’ll be able to call this place we live the United States?

We are not united in fact many of us are leaving the places we love to find states where more like-minded people live.

It is not that we dislike diversity, after being in Nashville for a week, I realize how much I crave diversity.

But when you live in a place where your views are overlooked, ignored or discounted as hateful, one can’t live in that atmosphere for long before it gets to you.

Why I’m thinking like this is I read a comment on a “Moving to Eugene” page. The woman is desperate to leave Texas because as she puts it she no longer feels safe. As people asked more questions it was the trans issues and abortion rights law changes that made her feel unsafe.

It is rather sad that we’ve become so divisive and polarized that we no longer feel “safe?”

For me, it has nothing to do with safety but everything to do with freedom.

There’s an attitude that comes with our differences that didn’t used to be there.

You know, I’m right your are wrong.

Who cares? You live the way you want and I will do the same but that’s not good enough anymore. We all are expected to get in line and as you can see that’s not working so well is it?

I recently found one of my posts tagged in the comment section with a link to Eugene Antifa and some other far left groups. I guess they don’t like what I’m saying. Oh well.

Fear is their tactic, creating a better world is not even in their playbook. They just want to create their world and to hell with everyone else. We’ll, no we aren’t playing that way anymore.

I was saying to Kathy last night, isn’t it odd the Trans issue has really opened the door for people to finally start saying no more. Cross dressing is nothing new I remember going to shows when I was in my 20’s. I think what happened is a few radical folks pushed too hard and instead of just being who they choose to be they began demanding our buy-in, which apparently isn’t there.

Gender affirmation crossed a line for a lot of us. Why does anyone else need to affirm our gender. If you don’t like what I do, to hell with you. If you are a man and identify as a woman, go for it why do you care what I think?

What I find most sad is the activist, by their very actions, are causing more animosity between people and they don’t seem to care. It’s not about bringing people together to just let people live the way they choose, oh no, this is about forcing an idea on the rest of us and it doesn’t appear to be working.

Red state, Blue state, Purple state…..It’s all a state of mind.

Behind all of it is that word that used to mean so much in this country but has become a negative to some….Freedom….freedom to believe what I want and for you to do the same. I won’t force my ideas on you and you sure as hell should allow me the grace to do the same.

Now, that’s how you unite the states of America.

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Laura West Crowe
Laura West Crowe
Jun 05, 2023

Perhaps the person wanting out of Texas is trans and honestly doesn’t feel safe. As for the abortion part, it’s all about a state thinking they can control our bodies. A black friend of mine says it’s very hard to even feel united when we as white people aren’t denied rentals due to our skin color. We aren’t profiled by police. We don’t face discrimination. We have a long way to go, but if we call out the fear mongers and don’t let them control us, that’s a good start.

Jun 05, 2023
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Well said!


Wayne Gilbert
Wayne Gilbert
Jun 05, 2023

I agree with a good amount of your post, Rick (for a change). Forcing your beliefs on others and condemning those who refuse to believe/adhere to your beliefs is anti-American and goes against all that made our country free and unique...


Agreed. Doesn't seem good enough to just, "live and let live". The mantra now seems to be, "my way or the highway". As a result, our country is as broken apart as a shattered piece of glass on the ground. - M.

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