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Republican Voting and Death

17 December, 2008

The Republican Party has,  for the past several election cycles, become a regional party based primarily in the intermountain west (Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, parts of Colorado and Arizona) and the evangelical south (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri).  This map shows it pretty clearly:11-09_election-countypurplemap

 

 Now, take a gander at this map(no, I cannot put this map into my post, it is a quicktime item).  Compare it to the one above.

Now the Republicans claim that they are God’s Own Party.  They are the party for which all believers should vote.  They are the party which supports God’s positions.

So.  If the GOP is the party of God, why are people living in the evangelical south and the intermountain west, the ones most likely to vote for Republican Presidential candidates, are the ones most likely to die from a natural disaster such as lightening, winter weather, heat or drought, flooding, and other weather disasters.  Vote Republican and God will punish you.  Or at the very least, you are more likely to be punished by God.

Maybe God is an atheist.  Or a Democrat at the least.

More likely, though, is a convergence of violent natural phenomena and limited economic opportunity (which feeds conservative voting and increases religiosity) in these two areas.  I see no cause and effect relationship  here, other than the simple one between rural poverty and bad weather. (I could put something in about tornado magnets, but I will keep this on an adult level.)

Short story:  live in an area that votes reliably Republican and you are more likely to be smote.  Live in areas which vote Democratic, and you are less likely to be killed by a natural event.

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6 comments

  1. Maybe God is an atheist. Or a Democrat at the least.

    More likely, though, is a convergence of violent natural phenomena and limited economic opportunity (which feeds conservative voting and increases religiosity) in these two areas.

    Let me rephrase that:

    1. God is an atheist.
    2. God is a Democrat.
    3. The data reflect a convergence, etc.

    I like option #1. 🙂


  2. I live in a Republican state but I moved here years ago from California so maybe that’s why I vote Democrat. There are a few of us smarter people in the “Bible Belt” that don’t buy into all of that.


  3. […] Republican Voting and Death « (((Billy))) The Atheist The Republican Party has, for the past several election cycles, become a regional party based primarily in the intermountain west (Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, parts of Colorado and Arizona) and the evangelical south (Texas, Oklahoma, … […]


  4. Delaney55: I, too, have lived in the Bible Belt. I fully understand that no area is 100% Repulican, Democratic, theist or atheist. I was merely commenting on the odd relationship between voting patterns and the chance of weather or (or, as many theists refer to it) an act of God. The party which claims the mandate from God dominates the areas most prone to death from acts of God. I did not mean to insult the minorities in these areas.


  5. Hardship breeds desperation. Desperation breeds religion, especially when coupled with lower education.

    Add Mother Nature’s fury to the hardship list and you REALLY have something.

    So if Republican tactics are to play up religion, patriotism (like religion), and scapegoating, then without the voting results, you can pretty easily predict what regions voted Republican with statistics on areas of hardship and poor education.


  6. This data plays into their delusions. They are the ‘chosen people’ so obviously g*d must be testing them. If they survive a catastrophe g*d saved them, if not, it was g*d’s will. *shakes head* There’s no beating sense into them.



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