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November 9, 2013

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

By Reid Wilson, Updated: November 8 at 1:36 pm

Red states and blue states? Flyover country and the coasts? How simplistic. Colin Woodard, a reporter at the Portland Press Herald and author of several books, says North America can be broken neatly into 11 separate nation-states, where dominant cultures explain our voting behaviors and attitudes toward everything from social issues to the role of government.

“The borders of my eleven American nations are reflected in many different types of maps — including maps showing the distribution of linguistic dialects, the spread of cultural artifacts, the prevalence of different religious denominations, and the county-by-county breakdown of voting in virtually every hotly contested presidential race in our history,” Woodard writes in the Fall 2013 issue of Tufts University’s alumni magazine. “Our continent’s famed mobility has been reinforcing, not dissolving, regional differences, as people increasingly sort themselves into like-minded communities.”

Take a look at his map:


Woodard lays out his map in the new book “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.” Here’s how he breaks down the continent:

Yankeedom: Founded by Puritans, residents in Northeastern states and the industrial Midwest tend to be more comfortable with government regulation. They value education and the common good more than other regions.

New Netherland: The Netherlands was the most sophisticated society in the Western world when New York was founded, Woodard writes, so it’s no wonder that the region has been a hub of global commerce. It’s also the region most accepting of historically persecuted populations.

The Midlands: Stretching from Quaker territory west through Iowa and into more populated areas of the Midwest, the Midlands are “pluralistic and organized around the middle class.” Government intrusion is unwelcome, and ethnic and ideological purity isn’t a priority.

Tidewater: The coastal regions in the English colonies of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Delaware tend to respect authority and value tradition. Once the most powerful American nation, it began to decline during Westward expansion.

Greater Appalachia: Extending from West Virginia through the Great Smoky Mountains and into Northwest Texas, the descendants of Irish, English and Scottish settlers value individual liberty. Residents are “intensely suspicious of lowland aristocrats and Yankee social engineers.”

Deep South: Dixie still traces its roots to the caste system established by masters who tried to duplicate West Indies-style slave society, Woodard writes. The Old South values states’ rights and local control and fights the expansion of federal powers.

El Norte: Southwest Texas and the border region is the oldest, and most linguistically different, nation in the Americas. Hard work and self-sufficiency are prized values.

The Left Coast: A hybrid, Woodard says, of Appalachian independence and Yankee utopianism loosely defined by the Pacific Ocean on one side and coastal mountain ranges like the Cascades and the Sierra Nevadas on the other. The independence and innovation required of early explorers continues to manifest in places like Silicon Valley and the tech companies around Seattle.

The Far West: The Great Plains and the Mountain West were built by industry, made necessary by harsh, sometimes inhospitable climates. Far Westerners are intensely libertarian and deeply distrustful of big institutions, whether they are railroads and monopolies or the federal government.

New France: Former French colonies in and around New Orleans and Quebec tend toward consensus and egalitarian, “among the most liberal on the continent, with unusually tolerant attitudes toward gays and people of all races and a ready acceptance of government involvement in the economy,” Woodard writes.

First Nation: The few First Nation peoples left — Native Americans who never gave up their land to white settlers — are mainly in the harshly Arctic north of Canada and Alaska. They have sovereignty over their lands, but their population is only around 300,000.

The clashes between the 11 nations play out in every way, from politics to social values. Woodard notes that states with the highest rates of violent deaths are in the Deep South, Tidewater and Greater Appalachia, regions that value independence and self-sufficiency. States with lower rates of violent deaths are in Yankeedom, New Netherland and the Midlands, where government intervention is viewed with less skepticism.

States in the Deep South are much more likely to have stand-your-ground laws than states in the northern “nations.” And more than 95 percent of executions in the United States since 1976 happened in the Deep South, Greater Appalachia, Tidewater and the Far West. States in Yankeedom and New Netherland have executed a collective total of just one person.

That doesn’t bode well for gun control advocates, Woodard concludes: “With such sharp regional differences, the idea that the United States would ever reach consensus on any issue having to do with violence seems far-fetched. The cultural gulf between Appalachia and Yankeedom, Deep South and New Netherland is simply too large. But it’s conceivable that some new alliance could form to tip the balance.” 
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July 7, 2011

Draft Cain Founder Describes Herman's Meteoric Rise
Herman Cain has broken the business model of retail politics. I really find it humorous that the media, and political pundits have been hammering his unorthodox campaign. They just don't get it.

Consider the other candidates. They're defined by their handlers, press releases and advertisements. Their persona for the public is created. Their events and public appearances are carefully crafted to deliver a specific message that the media lazily reports on. Cain, in stark contrast, has been straight to the people.

In 2004, Cain had a campaign mantra "They Will Not Outwork Us". It is blatantly obvious that the campaign motto of 2004 is present in the campaign of 2012. Herman Cain is working the entire country to present himself and his message. It is working!

When we started, people laughed. Heck, some folks said I had a man crush on Cain. Nah, there was appreciation for Cain, but at the end of the day, he's a human being. The advances in networking technology have made it incredibly important to connect the message to the people. Facebook provides an unparalleled ability to ANY social networking site to broaden the message. It maximizes every event Cain goes to, every news story, every thought, comment, video and demographic.

In March, our volunteers were on hand for the Faith and Freedom Coalition event in Iowa. Reports to me were that the response was so overwhelming that other candidates spoke and immediately ducked out of the building and didn't engage their supporters. The following week, our supporters were on hand at Rep. Steve Kings Conservative Coalition event, delivering Cain a straw poll victory. The list of successes of our  network goes on and on.

We never solicited donations, we direct donors to Cain's campaign, yet we've built a network of more than 25,000 strong across the U.S. When people inquire about our organization and our activity I have to chuckle and tell them, "we're nothing, but a whole lot of nothing". What we evolve into remains to be seen. However, it is undeniable that has been the most successful "draft" effort ever assembled for a "potential candidate".

The entire apparatus of, now is completely autonomous of Herman Cain's campaign. It's like target shooting in the dark, but we've  been hitting bulls eyes every time.

I received an email from a soldier serving overseas just yesterday. It reminded me of why we started this network in the beginning. He wrote, "after I complete my tour of duty . I will join his team to help Mr. Cain
become our president 2013." 

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June 17, 2011

Newt Gingrich Criticizes Departed Staffers, NBC News, For Bashing His Wife

[Jason Linkins] takes a  look back on how Gingrich began his defense of Callista:

    "She's the head of Gingrich Productions and has helped make seven different documentaries, one of which, about Pope John Paul II, was picked as one of the top three films by the Vatican this year about the pope. She chairs a foundation which has given away $800,000 to charities. And she's currently writing a children's book, in which Ellis the elephant introduces 5 to 8-year-olds to a sweet land of liberty, the history of America."

You see, while Gingrich is sort of saying that his old staff wanted to run an old-school campaign and that he wanted to mainly play with YouTube and Facebook and stuff, it seems pretty clear to me that "the Gingrich campaign" is less about an authentic run for the White House and more about a marketing campaign to monetize and synergize all of the Gingrich Family's lucrative side projects. It's been pretty apparent to me, this whole time, that this is what the Gingrich campaign has been built to do. Gingrich says, "Barack Obama stands for European secular socialism" and "We stand for American exceptionalism," and by the way, he has a book out on the former and a movie coming out on the latter, and he takes all major credit cards.

So let's remember that all this Callista-slagging, justified or not, is coming from a bunch of people who resent the fact that they spent all this time on a merchandizing project when they thought they were working on a political campaign and now feel that they look sort of stupid, the end.

Read whole piece in HuffPo.

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June 12, 2011

Johnson supporters push to get him in GOP debate


A senior adviser for Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign staff voiced opposition Friday to Johnson’s exclusion from Monday’s Republican presidential primary debate, and supporters placed full-page newspaper ads stating the former New Mexico governor should be given a place on the podium.

“Debates are supposed to be opportunities for the voters to see and hear credible candidates without all the trappings of handlers, poll numbers and name ID,” said Ron Nielson, the campaign adviser.

Some of that outrage is being expressed in the form of political advertisements. The full-page ads ran in the New Hampshire Union Leader and the Concord Monitor last Thursday and Friday respectively, and a newer version appears in this week’s New Hampshire Sunday News. The ads, placed by Kerry Welsh — a self-described entrepreneur and inventor from Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. — contend Johnson has in fact qualified for the debate, citing polling criteria. 

The New Hampshire Union Leader and its debate co-sponsors invited every candidate who met any one of the following three standards:

- An average of at least 2 percent voter approval in at least three national polls released in April by ABC, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today or Time.

- An average of at least 2 percent in at least three national polls released in May by any of those organizations.

- An average of at least 2 percent in polls of New Hampshire voters conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center and released in May.

Organizers report that Johnson fell short, receiving no support in the Granite State in two local surveys conducted by UNH. 

Welsh and other supporters cite poll numbers they say show he met the 2 percent threshold:

- A May 27 CNN Opinion Research Corporation Poll that shows Johnson received 2 percent of the vote

- A May 26 Gallup Poll that shows Johnson with 3 percent of the vote

- And a May 4 Quinnipiac Poll that shows Johnson at 1 percent.

Welsh says if you add up the numbers from those three polls, Johnson receives an average of 2 percent of the vote.

But organizers point out that one of those polls featured language that excluded two potential GOP candidates, asking voters whom they would support if certain candidates, such as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, were dropped from consideration.

Charlie Perkins of North Village Media, a debate organizer and former news executive at the Union Leader, said: “The debate is open to unannounced potential candidates who have significant public support. Therefore, invitations could not be based on restrictive polling that excluded those names. In unrestricted polling, Johnson’s average in the three surveys cited by Welsh and other Johnson supporters was 1.33 percent, not 2 percent.”

Last week, Perkins and other organizers defended the criteria, saying that without using polling results as a standard, there would be no objective way to determine who among the field of 144 presidential prospects who have already filed with the Federal Election Commission should receive invitations.
Kerry Welsh said:

Thank for the story. You even spelled my name right. Let me say that Mr. Perkins' comments are disingenuous at best. 

Many of the polls did not mention Rudy Giuliani's name, including the May Gallup Poll. The results of those polls were accepted by the sponsors.

In fact, none of the polls listed the exact same candidates as another poll, as there are too many 'potential' candidates out there for any kind of uniformity amongst the polls.

The sponsors now claim that the CNN and Gallup polls are not legitimate, even though they both accurately list all the current candidates.

At best the debate sponsors are splitting hairs here, and that is just plain wrong. 

If there is any question as to whether Governor Johnson's has qualified, then the sponsors should have erred on the side of inclusion and allowed the most successful and most fiscally conservative governor in modern US history to participate in this early season debate.

Hope y'all enjoy my ad in Sunday's paper!


--Kerry Welsh 
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March 24, 2011

Worth the watch: Rand Paul on Reason TV

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Issues are more important than party. There are a lot of people out there who want somebody who believes passionately in small limited constitutional government. People want to be left alone from the nanny state. But they are not all republican, some of them are independent, some libertarian, some may be Democrats as well.

You see polls where people say they don’t like the rhetoric or partisanship. What they don’t like is ‘empty partisanship’. They don’t mind if we disagree on an issue. I don’t think they mind us having a spirited discussion on the issues, they don’t like us to yell. But what they don’t want is me disliking you just because you are a democrat or a libertarian.

They want me to engage on issues. So it is more important what the issues are than what any party wants. I agree with the tea party in dishing out equal parts chastisement to both parties because both parties have let us down on spending and debt. - Senator Rand Paul


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March 16, 2011

Better way to create jobs.

by Gary Johnson, former Governor New Mexico

I have a better idea. As a businessman and as one who talks every day with employers and entrepreneurs, I am absolutely convinced that one fundamental change to the tax code will create more jobs more quickly than all the so-called stimulus President Obama has ever dreamed of: Eliminate the corporate income tax.


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February 22, 2011

Judge Napolitano highlights this so-called tea-inspired congress failings - ALREADY

Extending the most unconstitutional provisions of the PATRIOT Act.


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February 9, 2011

Gary Johnson Addresses CPAC Friday morning

Posted by Mark Halperin on The Page

Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico has been invited by CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), to speak at their 2011 conference on Friday, February 11th at 9:30am.

Ron Nielson, a longtime Johnson strategist and consultant, says that Governor Johnson is consistently heralded as a true fiscal conservative.

Nielson states. “As Governor of New Mexico, he eliminated the State’s budget deficit and cut the rate of growth in state government in half. Additionally, for the past several months, he has continued to emphasize the danger of our federal debt, and how it poses the greatest single threat to our national security.”

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January 31, 2011

Ron Paul only GOP presidential contender addressing Egyptian crises
Ron Paul on Aid to Egypt

Ron Paul has been a persistent critic of foreign aid including aid to Egypt. For example, in 2009, he spoke out against aid to Egypt and to the IMF that provides aid to Egypt. He opposed a–

“$108 billion loan guarantee to the International Monetary Fund, allowing that destructive organization to continue spending taxpayer money to prop up corrupt elites and promote harmful economic policies overseas.



“As Americans struggle through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, this emergency supplemental appropriations bill sends billions of dollars overseas as foreign aid. Included in this appropriation is $660 million for Gaza, $555 million for Israel, $310 million for Egypt, $300 million for Jordan, and $420 million for Mexico. Some $889 million will be sent to the United Nations for ‘peacekeeping’ missions. Almost one billion dollars will be sent overseas to address the global financial crisis outside our borders and nearly $8 billion will be spent to address a “potential pandemic flu.’”

Other GOP presidential contenders are mainly hiding from the Egyptian crisis but I will keep you posted after they figure put what their positions are.

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