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Living Blue in the Red States Paperback – September 1, 2007
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Fired up by the 2004 presidential election results, Starkey was provoked to look beneath the simplicity of characterizations of a nation divided into red and blue states. He offers a collection of essays by writers who consider themselves politically progressive about "the experience of being deeply committed to regions of the country where the majority of citizens don't share many of the writer's core values." With an eye toward essays that could maintain their relevancy well into the future, Starkey wanted more than just rants against the Bush administration and the war in Iraq. Contributors explore the differing values between Democrats and Republicans, the stereotypes on both sides that contribute to misconceptions, and the political cynicism that underlies motivations to continue nurturing the divide. In accordance with geography of the blue states, the book is organized by region: West, Midwest, and South. Among the contributors are novelists, poets, essayists, and literature professors, all with passion for their regions and elegance in expressing their anger, frustration, and longing to closeor least understandthe political divide. Bush, Vanessa
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Not nearly as good as "What's the Matter with Kansas?" which wasn't very good either. Politics involves social and economic issues. Liberals whine a lot when the importance of the former overshadows in their minds the importance of the latter for many voters (though I think the conservatives are better on both sets of issues), and can't understand that for many voters, social issues are far more important than economic ones. This is not ignorance or a case of voters being duped.
Don't waste your money on this one. Sing a chorus or two of "Feelings" for the same effect.