In the budget compromise vote in Washington, DC, numbers in the House of Representatives reflected the new United States. It’s the United States with the old South. Those representing districts in Southern states voted about 8-1 against the compromise. The Midwest was split, the rest of the country mostly in favor.
The ironic thing is only a decade ago, the nation’s politics and values were bending to the will of the South. The Southern accent of politicians, country music, NASCAR and Bible talk had moved north. Today, movement is stopped.
For much of our history, the South was sort of a country within a country. Its values were so ingrained and seemed so backwards to the rest of the country, blood had to be shed to bring it forward. This happened first in the Civil War and again during the civil rights campaign.
The majority of its political leadership seems to think it can reform the country’s government into something far different than it is. On social issues, the demonization of black people has been replaced with the demonization of gays and abortion. Its political position is such it can’t bring about the changes it wants, but it can hold back for a while what the majority of the country wants.
The old South was majority rural. The new South has huge sophisticated urban complexes.
The North imposed its political will and values on the South before. An urban South will make it harder to hold back the progressive thinking headed its way.