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The failure of Bush-loving Red State America

Give a big hand to Jon at Perrspectives for a rocking round up of stats on the states that put Bush in office — and kept him there — and how they rank at the bottom of measures in education, health, and working conditions. They vote against their economic and quality of life interests time and again as they fixate on putting Jesus in the classroom and keeping gays and lesbians second-class citizens.

Red State America is at the head of the list of social pathologies as well — highest murder rates, out-of-wedlock births, and highest divorce rates.

8 of the top 10 states with the highest murder rates are squarely in Red America. 7 of the 10 states with the lowest murder rates were in the Kerry column. (Interestingly, six of those states have no death penalty statute.) The 10 states with the highest divorce rates in 1998 all went for Bush in 2004. Red states constituted 9 on the top 10 in terms of out-of-wedlock births. And the Bible Belt has the greatest percentage of births to women under age 20, with the worst 15 states nationwide all among in the GOP ranks. By almost any measure of societal breakdown that so-called Republican “values voters” decry, it is Red State America where moral failure is greatest.

Apparently all the church-going isn’t working out so well on the other six days of the week in Bibleland.

Jon’s got some great graphs illustrating the Red State/Blue State divide.

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