Thursday, February 15, 2018

Condition Red

In today's political landscape, we all seem to agree that the Democrats are blue and the Republicans are red.  If a state votes for the R's most of the time, it is a Red state.  If it's Democratic, its a Blue state.  If it's a tossup, its purple.

But it has not always been this way.  In fact it has only been this way for 18 years.  It all started and then crystallized in the Bush v Gore election, and even that year, one network still had the R's as blue.  There's a good history on it from the Washington Post, but this comes from Wikipedia:

"The choice of colors reverses a long-standing convention of political colors whereby red symbols (such as the Red Flag or Red Star) are associated with left-wing politics, and right-wing movements often choose blue as a contrasting color.[5] Indeed, until the 1980s, Republicans were often represented by blue and Democrats by red. The current terminology of "red states" and "blue states" came into use in the United States presidential election of 2000 on an episode of the Today show on October 30, 2000.

According to The Washington Post, the terms were coined by journalist Tim Russert, during his televised coverage of the 2000 presidential election.[6] That was not the first election during which the news media used colored maps to depict voter preferences in the various states, but it was the first time a standard color scheme took hold; the colors were often reversed or different colors used before the 2000 election. (clip)

In the days following the 2000 election, whose outcome was unclear for some time after election day, major media outlets began conforming to the same color scheme because the electoral map was continually in view, and conformity made for easy and instant viewer comprehension. On Election Night that year, there was no coordinated effort to code Democratic states blue and Republican states red; the association gradually emerged.

Thus, red and blue became fixed in the media and in many people's minds, despite the fact that no official color choices had been made by the parties.[20]

Some Republicans argue the GOP should retain its historic link with blue, since most center-right parties worldwide are associated with blue. On March 14, 2014, the California Republican Party officially rejected Red and adopted Blue as its color."

But California is blue. And Democratic to boot.

Tradition would have the  Commies to be Red.  Red Dawn.  Red alert. Better dead than red. The Republicans demonized them. But the real Reds died in 1991 when the USSR collapsed.

From the Atlantic:

"On December 25, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union, declaring the office extinct and dissolving the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), a massive communist empire that had existed since 1922.

 By December of 1991, 16 Soviet republics had declared their independence, and Gorbachev handed over power to Russian president Boris Yeltsin, ending the USSR."

And now Russia is run by a super wealthy Oligopoly that took the Nation's riches and privatized them in the hands of a few.  The Reds of Russia are no longer left but far right.

And we doubt or find it hard to understand why these Reds would support the far right red oligopoly party of the USSA?

And that they will do their best to make 2018 another red year?
And that our Rs will help them again?

Condition Red. 










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