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This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
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Monday, September 13, 2004
i wouldn't be so surprised. true, western washington as a region tends toward democrats, but that's primarily because of the city of seattle. most of the sub- and exurbs, such as puyallup, tend more toward republicans, much like the rest of the state, but because there is a greater population in seattle, democrats tend to carry the state as a whole.
for that matter, who typically attends state fairs? perhaps in minnesota the answer could be "everyone," but i'd venture a guess that the average attendee at a state fair in most states is from one of the more rural areas--again, tending to vote republican.
I'll wager you've not been the the Puyallup Fair. If there's a more urban, mainstream state fair in the country, I'll be surprised. Sure, you'll get a lot of rural types, but you get a ton of people from Seattle and Tacoma proper.
And, oh, how I wish your statement about the outskirts of Seattle were true! If it were, I wouldn't be stuck with Jay Inslee as my congressman, and maybe just one of my my state legislators would be Republican. No, the whole of non-rural Puget Sound is liberal, including most of the suburbs--the Bellevue/Sammamish area being an exception.
I wouldn't have been surprised if Bush had carried my little poll by a slim margin--or even a medium margin--but this wasn't even close. I'm sure there were plenty of Kerry supporters there--but who wants to wear the sticker of a loser?
that would be a wager you'd lose, friend. my parents are from washington, and my uncle lives in seattle. i've been to the area many, many times, including the puyallup fair. your statement, as i read it, was in reference to Western Washington, not the Puget Sound area alone--about which i'd certainly agree with regard to the political makeup thereof.
(by the way, i'm voting for Kerry, which i certainly hope doesn't earn anyone's contempt.)
No contempt. Just pity, which is offset by my deepest apologies for questioning your Northwest bona fides.
no pity necessary, but i thank you all the same. i do think Bush holds the advantage, though, and won't be even remotely surprised if he wins.
another thing: why "The Soviet of Washington"? with no income taxes, it seems hardly appropriate, even if your local representatives are liberals.
The Soviet of Washington is an old, time-honored term, actually. You can read about it here.
i've generally always been pro-union, but the repression of the chinese recounted here gives me great pause.
by the way, i had no idea you were from everett (just looked in last year's bethel roster). one of my uncles lived there for a while, but moved back to spokane a few years ago. another one lives in magnolia.
And if only that were an isolated incident. Unions were, for a long time, focal points for racism. Here's another example.In fact, now that I think about it, modern day unions are focal points for the two most eregious forms of modern day racism: the anti-educational reform movement and the anti-immigration movement. Hm... there may be a post in this somewhere...Post a Comment