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January talking meme

From chaos_by_design: How do you cope with living in a state filled mostly with Republicans?

It helps living in Tempe. This is a college town with a residential population that skews rather liberal for the area. During recent election years, for example, I saw more Obama/Biden signs in yards and windows in my immediate neighborhood than the Other Guys. During a recent mayoral election, the son of our ex Democratic Congressman Harry Mitchell won over the Republican candidate strong in old business ties to the city. Also, the way electoral districts are carved up puts me in a district that tends to vote Democratic. We elected the outspokenly liberal openly bisexual Kyrsten Sinema as our congresswoman in 2012.

The other thing that helps is my family lives here. I would not be living in this state at all if my parents had not retired here. My mother and brother are both very liberal. I have to avoid my brother's Facebook page sometimes, though, as he likes to post and rant a little about the right-wing nuts in this state.

In fact, I have to confess that my primary method of coping is just to avoid the media: local news (heck, national news as well), local television in general, newspapers, magazines, etc.

And of course, the Biggie: don't read the bumper stickers. It's almost a reflex, when you are sitting at a traffic light and a little bored, to look at the bumper of the car ahead of you. Tip: Just. Don't.

Avoidance is not always possible, of course. The worst time for the avoidance strategy is during even-number election years, when all the placards go up on street corners. Some countries and states have laws that limit the number of weeks those signs are allowed to be up. Not here. In an election year, they go up in the early Spring and often are still there weeks after the election is over in November. And they can be really, really nasty. Coping strategy: just drive, and keep your eyes ahead. But not on the bumper of the car in front of you.


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Jan. 1st, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
And of course, the Biggie: don't read the bumper stickers. It's almost a reflex, when you are sitting at a traffic light and a little bored, to look at the bumper of the car ahead of you. Tip: Just. Don't.

Agreed. That is an important part of coping here.

I was very glad Sinema won. No hope for that kind of person in my congressional district.
Jan. 2nd, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
LOL, my brother lives just on the wrong side of Pecos in Chandler, and so he is not represented by Sinema, either.
Jan. 2nd, 2014 02:17 am (UTC)
That makes sense. I guess the state I live in is Republican, but I've got a similar situation with living in a college town, which is a nice, liberal oasis.

I have a brother whose Facebook posts I have to avoid too.
Jan. 2nd, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
If the Civil War II ever comes, I am hoping there will be some place close by I can run off to. Good odds Northern and Southern California will split into separate states and I can run back to SF.
Jan. 2nd, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
Seeing US politics from the outside. It do seem to be rather divided. It seems strange that one party can set be so prominent in some states, that some are bigger in population and or geographic size, than many European countries.

Here it seems, that people consider politics personal. You don't advertise your political view, as it would be considered pushy and rather tacky. It probably also has some to do, with that there 9 to 14 parties, so the party you agree with most, would never be a majority.
Jan. 2nd, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
It is really divided, but not as divided as I assumed a year or two back. I really thought it was possible to see some states secede over the conservative-liberal divide. But then the fall out from the 2012 election convinced me a lot of people are more in the middle than I assumed. The extremists just yell louder than everyone else.
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