Slouching Toward Two Americas

J.R. Dunn has a good think piece at The American Thinker playing off of Michael Barone's recent column on the changing geographical cultural breakdown in this country.

What does this mean for our political culture? Barone touches on the question, noting that "The economic divide in New York and Los Angeles is starting to look like the economic divide in Mexico City and São Paulo", but doesn't go much further. But if the process continues, the implications will be profound.

If Barone is correct - and there's no reason to believe he isn't - then we're headed for an even more serious social schism between the heartland and the coastal metropolises. The heartland (along with smaller cities and towns on the coasts) will be comprised of melting-pot Americans, the coastal cities a bewildering melange of immigrants from all points of the compass, topped with an exceedingly thin layer of ultra-wealthy natives.

None of this is surprising if you paid attention to the 2000 election. The Bush/Gore county-by-county breakdown showed us how America was becoming two countries, and it's only getting worse. This is why there's a push to dump the Electoral College. Just as big business will try to push legislation to destroy small businesses, the coastal cities will do whatever they can to make "flyover country" irrelevant.