This map and the article that goes with it , from Business Insider, explain so well what I’ve had a hard time communicating to anyone. It makes the point that there are actually several “nations” in the United States and they do not have the same needs, philosophies or agendas. I’d go so far as to say they don’t even know that much about each other.
I live in the two fingers of pale blue “El Norte” that penetrate Colorado (the southern square state). I definitely (as the article suggests we do) “self-sorted” when I moved out here after retiring from my career in FAR Southern California (pale blue). I consciously chose to live in the part of Colorado with the most Hispanic influence because my life in California became increasingly “bi-cultural” the longer I lived there.
I think this is a very good illustration of why our recent presidential election went the way it did and it (subtly) gives advice to anyone reaching for that office in the future. We might say we are “one nation indivisible” as our pledge states, but, in reality, we’re several distinct cultures with different values united by a government and, to some extent, a common language.