AMAC Exclusive by: David P. Deavel
Americans, along with our allies and much of the world, have watched with horror as the Biden Administration, which the Democratic Party and its media adjuncts have been promoted as the return of “the adults,” have abandoned Afghanistan in a way seemingly calculated to be as destructive as possible to our own troops and civilian workers, the Afghans who worked with us, our other allies, and our credibility with our allies and our enemies. After the Trump Administration’s triumphs in the Middle East, toughness on Russia, and first attempts to push back on Chinese ambitions, Team Biden’s destruction provides schadenfreude for those who warned about its dangers but also serious worry for Americans who do not relish the danger to and humiliation of their country.
But the dangers to our country do not simply come from outside. Punitive taxation, poor services, and failure to do the basic work of keeping citizens safe has led to an exodus of blue state residents that promises greater power to red states. . .but also the danger that these havens will be destroyed. Conservatives need to work hard to make sure that those fleeing California, New York, and other increasingly fouled nests understand why the nests to which they have relocated do not have the same stench.
The promise of the internal migration could be found in our last census results. States that lost seats— California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia—were largely blue except for Ohio and West Virginia. States that gained seats— Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, and Texas (the last gaining two)—were largely red apart from Colorado and Oregon.
Yet the danger can be seen in this list, too. Colorado was a red state that turned blue only under Obama. Arizona, which did not gain or lose seats this time, nevertheless took in enough blue-state refugees to achieve a drastic transformation. As Victoria Taft wrote in her 2020 postmortem on the elections in the state: “The Seattle Times reports that the refugees from California, Washington, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Oregon, Minnesota, Nevada, Florida, and Utah, in that order, fled to the state with Cactus League baseball, more conservative politics, the Grand Canyon, and the Red Rocks of Sedona. And then they approved legal pot, the state’s highest tax increase ever, and put Democrats in the highest offices – the Senate and White House – to ensure their new home will be every bit as expensive and over-regulated as the one from which they fled. Toke up, ‘Zonies!”
It’s not just questions of taxes and drug laws, however. It’s the approach to culture as well. On our annual road trip this summer, my family passed through Montana both ways, visiting relatives on the way there and back who have fled from California and Washington. All of them were very happy to live in the Treasure State, with its culture of freedom, smaller, livable towns, and beauty. But they were also worried about the changes in culture that are portended by the movement of others who moved without the same desire to embrace Montana’s atmosphere of freedom and community. One cousin, who serves as town manager in a small town, noted the robust growth in population and permits to build homes, but also recounted awkward encounters between newcomers and Montanans. It’s not just Californians. New Yorkers have also been coming in droves, and one story involved a New Yorker who not onlybullied neighbors into getting rid of their geese but bragged about it around town. A store owner I spoke with in another small town expressed the same sorts of worries about culture, particularly attitudes to law enforcement as well as self-defense. She was worried that the crime of Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco would be transplanted—along with the insane policies that have allowed it to fester and grow. Would Montana become the “Treasure to Trash” State?
Not every destination state has had Arizona’s fate. But the ones that have not have been pro-active. Driving through Billings, I was pleased to see a billboard with a grainy picture of urban violence reading: “Don’t Want Portland in Montana? Vote Republican.” But there needs to be more of this sort of thing, what University of Tennessee Law professor and Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds has called a “Welcome Wagon” project. Both Florida and Texas have remained and even deepened their own red state voting patterns as well as traditions of independence, freedom, and free enterprise. But both states have politicians and law enforcement agents who have actively courted migrants from other states while making clear to them that they need to think about why they are thinking about moving from their own states to this state.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted last year: “To the Californians moving to Texas: Remember those high taxes, burdensome regulations, & socialistic agenda advanced in CA? We don’t believe in that. We believe in less government & more individual freedom. If you agree with that you’ll fit right in.” He then started a petition titled “Don’t California My Texas” and signed into law a measure called the 1836 Project that would mandate education about Texas’s history of freedom. In a similar way, Florida’s Polk County Sheriff issued a stern warning to newcomers to the Sunshine State, the biggest destination last year for Americans moving within the country, earlier this year: “Do me a favor, don’t vote the way the majority of the people voted from where you came or you’ll have here what you had there. Guaranteed.”
America is not yet—thank God—Afghanistan. Nor is it all contemporary California or New York. But if conservatives want to keep the chaos out, they are going to have to become increasingly vigilant about keeping solid the parts of Americathat retain the American way of living in freedom, self-government, and solidarity with each other. They must keep convincing people moving in to work with and trust their fellow citizens—and not delegate all decisions for life to the elites who have wrecked our foreign and so much of our domestic policy.
David P. Deavel is editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, co-director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and a visiting professor at the University of St. Thomas (MN). He is the co-host of the Deep Down Things podcast.
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Now tell the weak leadership of faith to hold the catholic leaders accountable . Uncle Joe , Nutty Nancy . Think again if the transplants are going to vote red
. At night busses and flights with illegals
and new Afghanistan refugees all are being dumped into the heartland . Soon will be just like the east coast or west coast. The nutjobs have a plan , like cancer spread all over conservatives have tough talk don’t want to be like New York vote Republicans . Good Luck with That !!
I pose again: those who live in conservative states and want to keep then that way need to change their vote counting method. Adopt the equivalent of the Electoral College on a county basis. It mitigates the steering forces of major cities. Most blue states have 1 or more major urban populations that consistently steer Left. It’s way past possible to change Michigan – too blue in Detroit, GR, Lansing and Kalamazoo.
It becomes fairly easy to divine Election Map intent in the relocation of refugees lacking marketable skills within red states, ever since Obama. More automation and more ignorant mouths to feed. I wonder if the Walmart-ing of wages will make more Democrats?
It is amazing that illegal immigrants are being housed/transported to the RED states. Personally, they should all be taken to DC, tented on the WH lawn, around the CAP House and the mall area and the Administration and Congressional leaders go and greet and shake hands, kiss the babies, etc. Since this Administration allowed them in, they should have to DIRECTLY involve themselves in finding a proper home for these refugees.
When in Rome……
So if the DemocraPs really think this is a good idea, then let’s see a few bus and plane loads go straight to MARTHA’s VINEYARD, SILICONE VALLEY, and places where congress lives in DC/Virginia……
I am sorry to disabuse the writer of this article on some of the “minor” points of the migration. Many who leave Blue states seem to want to find culturally compatible communities in their new State. Thus, we see the development of Blue enclaves within Red States. I can point to Austin as a perfect example. The Mayor is a well known Socialist with gubernatorial ambitions. People are sleeping in and around the underpasses, and nobody knows what to do about it. The prevailing mindset seems to be to let the degradation of life in and around Austin continue on indefinitely. Aggressive panhandling is the norm. Just to let y’all know, there are plenty of Socialists already here in Texas and some of our institutions of higher indoctrination, such as UT, are hard at work producing more. Before changing your location, change what goes on in your mind.
Hmmm People fleeing blue states because of what far left politicians have done to them, and then moving to red states hoping to live in communities with the same views (as they are fleeing from) seems to be the definition of stupidity. Lets change the leadership and policies of this new red state to be the same as the same the state we’re fleeing and hope we get different results.
In recent times, I’ve come to believe DemocRats are more dangerous and harmful to my health than the Covid Virus … by a long shot. No joking!
If the people leaving the blue states are sensible, normal people we in the South welcome them. However, if they are radical, go home to whatever state you ruined.
Problem is, the leftist purge spreads like mold on bread. They are absolute poison.
BUT dont vote BLUE OK
Excellent! I wish that somehow the inherent values of this perspective and precautionary proclamation could be signed into law — a law that allows Americans to live in peace and safety, with some semblance of time-honored normality: a culture of reason, respect, and personal responsibility.
I fled Illinois because no one I vote for ever wins. IL may be a blue state but I have different values and picked a red state to move to. I am not trying to change them but want to live under more sensible laws. Do not assume everyone from blue state is blue thinking. I am more conservative than my new red neighbors.
Most smart people moving to a different location (either a new state or a new country), that has a demonstrably different culture and societal norms that differ substantially from where they used to live, understand that it is their responsibility to adapt and adopt the culture of where they now live. That used to be a given, but is no longer the case today.
It is NOT the responsibility of the new state or new country to change to accommodate them. Yet that is the view of a substantial percentage of people moving from blue states to red states today. They move to escape the oppressive taxation, regulation and micro-management policies, that made their old state either unaffordable or completely unlivable. Yet these people immediately turn around in their new state and continue to vote for the exact same political party and policies that made their old state so unattractive. Thus starting the cycle of destruction in their new home state.
Thanks to the insular mindset found in most blue states, where everyone outside their own local community is viewed with distain and contempt, many blue state refugees that migrate to red states think they are “improving” their new home state by voting for the same political party and policies that ruined their old home state. I currently live in a blue state, but I have lived in red states and other countries as well.
I have always respected and adopted the societal norms of these other places. Why on earth would I want to change the culture and societal norms of a different state? Part of the joy of life is about learning to appreciate new people and places, not turning everything into where you’re from. Believe me, my state of New Jersey, otherwise known as the Peoples Republic of New Jersey, is far from being where I would really like to live. It has become a progressive h*ll hole. However, I understand I am the extreme exception to the rule, when it comes to most people that grew up in blue states. I know many, many people who have migrated from blue states to red states and within a week, they are complaining that this and that isn’t exactly like what things were like in their old state. They then begin trying to change their new home state into a mirror image of the garbage they left behind. So residents of red states should indeed be very wary about a massive influx of people from blue states. You don’t want to allow your decent places to live to be turned into socialist Utopias.
Bottom line: It is the responsibility of the blue state residents, that are now flocking to red states in droves to assimilate to their new home states. It is NOT the responsibility for the red states to substantially change themselves to accommodate the blue state refugees. That is the point that must be hammered home in a very clear message. If the blue state refugees don’t wish to assimilate, then they should move elsewhere until they finally get the message.
Long, but logical.
PaulE… The1st ( 2 ) paragraphs of your rather lengthy summation sums up my home state of Vermont to a ” T “… Vermont is as blue as blue can get, but it wasn’t always this way…Speaking of ” blue, ” the entire nation did go ” red ” on Nov. 3, 2020, with the exception of Vermont & possibly NY.
Vermont has experienced a generational onslaught of people moving here from elsewhere, it goes back to the early ’60’s with the back to earth, hippy movement…Their kids had kids & there kids had more kids, you get the idea…Most are educated, liberal to the extreme, socialistic in nature, think Bernie Sanders, they can’t get enough of the guy! In fact, in Vermont, simply look at all those Subarus with Bernie Sanders stickers pasted all over them, that’s when you know, yup, you are in Vermont… Even our governor is a RINO & yes, he is despised by that 1/3rd I have mentioned…
The demographics of VT show that it is 2/3rd’s Democrat & approx. 1/3rd Republican, I’m (1) of those 1/3rd conservative Republican’s. I feel like I live on a desert island surrounded by man eating sharks…However, comfortably tucked away on my 90 acres of mostly woodlands, I have a quality of life, many people can only dream of having…
In closing, yes they move here to get away from whatever it is they think they are leaving behind, only to reinvent it upon themselves & those of us that NEVER asked them to move here in the first place…
Bill on The Hill… :~)
Well PaulE, everyone is inviting you to their states with this one small exception: STAY AWAY FROM THE BIG CITIES.
OOPS, sorry BILL, thought I had Paul’s line.
PaulE, Sir that is the difference! You sir have a brain that you use, you care about your neighbors and where your home is. The people that just exist don’t think! Thank you for another great post, you can move to Missouri any time, would welcome you as a neighbor. Just stay out of St Louis, Kanas City, and Springfield.
Great post, Paul. Entitled twits won’t care, though. Good people have to be equally vocal. Enough is enough.
Cleveland once had some of most effective schools in the nation. A vast, multi-cultural city with a beautiful mosaic of ethnic neighborhoods, today only represented by their vandalized self-funded monuments (most ethnicities’ self-funded, anyway) along the drive through Rockfeller Park down MLK from the highway 90. It began its rapid slide long before the term Rust Belt was coined, due to the unintended consequences of Democrat’s “good intentions”. Forced busing killed Cleveland, as people left for personal freedom, but was the best thing in the world for developers and neighboring land-owners in my township. Made tired old farmers into retirees. As residency requirements were abolished for Cleveland employees, pro-active parents moved out and school results became even worse, despite lowering of so-called standards. Vouchers for private schools create a subsidized brain drain among the remainder of students, those lacking pro-active parents.
I wonder why Cleveland Schools stink? Mostly black kids there now, so it must be institutional racism, right? Liberal meddling can’t be the problem – they are the smart ones, so we are told.
The unintended consequences of government SOCIAL interference always create a pile of garbage.
I live in Colorado. Moved here from Texas 3.5 years ago, mostly to live near real mountains and escape the blistering heat of south Texas. Fortunately, there are still large parts of Colorado that are very conservative. My county continues, year after year, to vote 67% Republican. Lauren Boebert (from western Colorado) is in Congress today because of several other very conservative counties. Unfortunately, like many other states with concentrated large cities, Colorado overall goes Democrat each election mainly because of the cesspools of Denver and Boulder and the Dim refugees from Cali and other Dim states. Those of us who live in the mountains, by and large, are conservative. It’s the large cities, mostly, across the US where welfare and homelessness are rampant that vote mostly for Dimocrats.
Maybe they move so they can flip the red state to blue. Maybe big mama told them to or pays them to move???
I live in a very small lake town in upper northwest Montana. A place so rural as to hope we’d never experience the big city woes. But as the article states, the New Yorkers, Californians, and Pennsylvanians have arrived. And the traffic, crime, and demand to change us has started. We cannot let this continue. Every soul must stand up for their country!
You and other local residents have to stand up and push back or the state you love will be lost.
How many of your new neighbors will still be voting in their former states, one way or the other?
Well it’s unfortunate that these folks who live in blue states are fleeing in great numbers instead of remaining in place and changing their voting habits from constantly voting Democratic to using logic and voting conservative! Then these imbeciles move to traditionally red states but keep the same pretzel voting habits and politically destroy another state. There needs to be a wall built around these Democratic morons so they can destroy themselves and leave the sane people alone!
Maybe they are fleeing because they want to flip the new state. Maybe big mama told them to.
Your description of most blue state residents being imbeciles is unfortunately quite accurate. Which is why despite the horrific outcomes that are created by the the ultra liberal Democrats they consistently vote for, these fools continue to keep voting for them over and over again. There is an old saying that goes “The light is on, but nobody is home.” That sums up most Democrat voters from blue states.
As for your wall idea, that’s a nice fantasy but all most politicians see when there is a massive influx of new residents into a state is dollar signs in terms of more tax revenue flowing into state coffers. It’s a bipartisan deflect of most career politicians.
Sad but true