The New Yorker published a story today by Ryan Luzza, “Where the G.O.P.’s suicide caucus lives.” Accompanying the article is a map that is posted here showing the political districts for which representatives demand that Speaker Boehner pass legislation to defund Obamacare.
The act of wanting to defund Obamacare pretty much correlates with where Republican conservatives live. You can't generalize about these communities because there are differences and anomalies, but one thing you see in the map that many are rural and outlying parts of states. Many are in the “old South.” Yet, there is a band that runs right up the heart of the nation from the north to south.
The people living in these parts are often practicing church goers. The are self-determined and don’t like the idea of government telling them what to do. Yet, many of these districts will take farm subsidies at the drop of a hat.
Lacking in these parts are some things on this list.
1. Social diversity
“Social diversity is the mixture of different types of people in a community. It is used to describe the uniqueness and individuality of a society. This means that there may be people of many origins and races in a community.”
2. Common purpose
Now, this list might seem esoteric and theoretical, and to some extent that is true. But, take a look at the details in annotated list.
“On August 21st, Congressman Mark Meadows sent a letter to John Boehner. Meadows is a former restaurant owner and Sunday-school Bible teacher from North Carolina. He’s been in Congress for eight months. Boehner, who has served in Congress for twenty-two years, is the Speaker of the House and second in the line of succession if anything happened to the President.
Meadows was not pleased with how Boehner and his fellow Republican leaders in the House were approaching the September fight over spending. The annual appropriations to fund the government were scheduled to run out on October 1st, and much of it would stop operating unless Congress passed a new law. Meadows wanted Boehner to use the threat of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare, a course Boehner had publicly ruled out.
Back home in Meadows’s congressional district, the idea was quite popular. North Carolina’s Eleventh
District had been gerrymandered after the 2010 census to become the most Republican district in his state. Meadows won his election last November by fifteen points. The Presidential contest there was an even bigger blowout. Romney won the district by twenty-three points, sixty-one per cent to thirty-eight per cent. While the big story of the 2012 election was about demographics and a growing non-white population that is increasingly Democratic, that was not the story in the Meadows race. His district is eighty-seven per cent white, five per cent Latino, and three per cent black.”