Sunday, December 05, 2004

Ain't Quasi-Federalism Wonderful?

Admittedly, the central government has usurped a lot of power that rightly belongs to the States -- not to mention a lot of rights that rightly belong to citizens. There is, nevertheless, a difference between Red and Blue States when it comes to economic freedom. And people can vote with their feet by moving from Blue to Red, which has been happening for quite a while.

One result of that movement is the apparent "polarization" of American politics, which bleeding-heart journalists and leftists (who are on the losing side of the "polarization") always portray as a bad thing. See, for example, this article (registration required), which includes these deep thoughts (with my comments in brackets):

The continuing polarization is self-perpetuating, experts noted. As communities become more homogeneous, minority points of view are heard less often [they can always move], and majorities can become more extreme in their thinking [i.e., less tolerant of income redistribution and regulatory repression]....

"There is a huge transformation of our society — the way people are moving around the country [now you've got it] and what's happening in the economy — that is reverberating politically in lots of different ways," Greenberg said. "But any party or individual politician has very little control over these trends" [thank goodness].

If the left could have its way, it would gerrymander the distribution of the population to create more Blue States.

You want to see "polarization"? Go back to 1861.