October 27, 2004

The Heartland

There are fourteen states in the United States of America whose borders are only those of other states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Every single one of those states in what I'll call the Heartland, and all of their 91 electoral votes, are going to go to President George W. Bush according to the latest electoral college projection at RealClear Politics.

Maybe it's because I grew up here in the Heartland (well, Illinois, which I have not technically included in the Heartland because of its border with Lake Michigan; and, yes, Lake Michigan does butt up against Canada; but I digress), but for reasons far too numerous to list in a short blog post, I trust the Heartland of America more than anywhere else when it comes to these kind of big national decisions. I'm not saying that those people who live in states bordering huge bodies of water or foreign nations are untrustworthy, stupid, evil, or always wrong. It's just that the influences that cause poor decision making when it comes to electing politicians seems to be tempered, neutered, or negated to a greater degree by the lifestyles, climates, and mores of states in the Heartland than they are states where sun, surf, si, or c'est are more common.

Feel free to add your reason(s) in the comment section as to why you believe Middle America is more trustworthy, more grounded, or more clear-headed than the rest of America.

Posted by Charles Austin at October 27, 2004 07:00 PM