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The real U.S. immigration issue: Blue Staters fleeing to Red

Written By | Mar 2, 2014

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2014 – One of the more interesting off-the-radar stories  over at least the last decade or so is the real reason why the left is finding it easier and easier to game and win elections in once traditionally conservative Red states.

Having thoughtlessly, heedlessly, routinely and ritualistically elected job-destroying socialist Democrats at the state and local levels for at least three decades or more, residents of states like California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and lately Maryland are increasingly faced the consequences of  their thoughtlessness: ruinously high taxes, greater limits on personal freedom, lower household formation, schools that teach nothing, increased poverty and crime, crumbling urban infrastructure, fewer middle class job opportunities, and the  increasingly crushing burden of almost comically overstuffed and underfunded public employee union pensions.

The obvious solution is to throw the political bums guilty of imposing these huge burdens out of office by voting for Conservatives, Republicans or Libertarians in the next elections, right? Bzzzt! Wrong answer.

Instead, increasing numbers of lifelong Democrat voters are fleeing their dysfunctional Workers’ Paradise Blue states and moving to Red states or once Red states like Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North and South Carolina, and now Texas, attracted by lower taxes and a far more affordable cost of living.

But these former Blue state Democrats fail to recognize the connection between cause and effect—an increasing problem in this country. As a result, they bring along with them, unchanged, the voting habits that ruined their home states to begin with. Once of the first things these numskulls do after settling into their Red state homes is register as Democrats who continue to vote for the same kind of left-wing Democrats they’ve always favored.

As more of these clueless leftists depart ruined Blue states for freer, lower cost Red state cities and towns, they reach critical mass, transforming these once conservative Republican locales and ultimately entire states first into Purple and then into Blue bastions. Soon, the inevitable decline will follow.

It’s a little like the standard “Seinfeld” sitcom plot: No hugging, no learning. But there’s nothing very funny about it.

Witness the ongoing results of this Blue state outmigration. Having already destroyed California in particular, émigrés from that state and others like it have swamped voting patterns in once-reliably Republican states like Nevada and Colorado in particular. Both states are now much more reliably Blue, with Nevada recently re-electing odious Majority Leader Harry Reid to the U.S. Senate for another six dismal years.

Florida’s Red state status is looking increasingly dubious as well. Once reliably Red North Carolina seems now to be shape shifting in nearly every election.

Likewise the once die-hard Red Commonwealth of Virginia finds its once largely conservative electorate being swamped by the surging number of new Federal workers and contractors moving to Virginia’s DC suburbs. They relocate to enjoy much lower taxes than they found in Maryland or DC. But in the process, as usual, they are turning local and now state government into at least a Purplish-Blue zone.

More Red states find themselves buckling under this almost invisible and perhaps largely unconscious left-wing subversion, as one blog commentator painfully revealed recently:

The very same thing is happening here in Arizona with all of the leftards fleeing from the mess they’ve made of California.

As these migrating Democrats and the politicians they love gradually establish their dominance, they bring along with them all their favorite Chicago-style tactics to cement their demographic victories, namely subversion, voter fraud, and political dirty tricks meant to smear, slander or tax their hapless opponents into silence, submission and acquiescence. The result: Red state to Blue.

Republicans who fail to note this phenomenon and react to it in a creative and forceful way are likely to find first themselves and then their own Red state’s status soon going the way of the dodo. California is gone. Nevada and Colorado may soon be lost causes as well. Texas and Arizona are on deck. Will your Red state—along with your company and your job—be next on the list?

Terry Ponick

Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Senior Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17