December 13, 2004

Heal Thy Nation

Dave Barry offers up some words of healing to our post-election country that has been torn asunder.

Best excerpt:

And as Americans, we must ask ourselves: Are we really so different? Must we stereotype those who disagree with us? Do we truly believe that ALL red-state residents are ignorant racist fascist knuckle-dragging NASCAR-obsessed cousin-marrying roadkill-eating tobacco-juice-dribbling gun-fondling religious fanatic rednecks; or that ALL blue-state residents are godless unpatriotic pierced-nose Volvo-driving France-loving left-wing communist latte-sucking tofu-chomping holistic-wacko neurotic vegan weenie perverts?

Yes. This is called ''diversity,'' and it is why we are such a great nation -- a nation that has given the world both nuclear weapons AND SpongeBob Squarepants.

Posted by Ryan at December 13, 2004 03:07 PM

I'm in total agreement with healing the nation. I have a suggestion on how we can make a good start. I haven't posted this elsewhere either. I would like to see a U.S. map that has the colors of the states depicted by colors derived from their voting mix. That is to say, 58% Red and 42% Blue would produce a color that is neither red nor blue. It would be a HUE. Isn't that what our nation is about? HUES?

We humans have to make everything static in order to digest it. Declaring a state ALL red or ALL blue is a travesty. If someone, anyone, would just draw a map depicting the diversity of our nation in the appropriate COLORS, then we might begin to heal.

I'm not all red and not all blue, politically.

On the other hand, the voting is over folks. It's time to talk about what we have in common. If I'm 60% red and 40% blue, what color is that? Don't get in my face telling me it's all red or all blue because it AIN'T. Come on cartographers. Step up to the challenge. Make a map that reflects our true HUES. Then, and only then, will we begin to feel that we have something in common.

By the way, in terms of color theory, you can match millions of different background colors by mixing three colors of light: red, blue, and green. Are there not millions of people in this land who deserve a map that represents their mindset?

If I don't see this map on the internet in the next few weeks, I'll make it myself.

Posted by: Chuck at December 13, 2004 08:46 PM
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