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Old 08-07-2013, 10:32 AM
 
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In the United States, there are 3 regions that are predominantly blue states at the local, state and national levels: 1) the Northeast from Maryland up to Maine including Pennsylvania, 2) the Industrial Middle around the Great Lakes and 3) the West Coast including more recently some interior western states like New Mexico.

How do these regions differ in their kind of liberalism? How are they similar? What is the opposition Republican party like in these regions?
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:42 AM
 
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In the United States, there are 3 regions that are predominantly blue states at the local, state and national levels: 1) the Northeast from Maryland up to Maine including Pennsylvania, 2) the Industrial Middle around the Great Lakes and 3) the West Coast including more recently some interior western states like New Mexico.

How do these regions differ in their kind of liberalism? How are they similar? What is the opposition Republican party like in these regions?

I want to understand why Liberal is such a "bad" word.

Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin līberālis of freedom, from līber free

Dont GOPers and TeaPartiers rant about freedom often?

liberal - WordReference.com Dictionary of English

If the GOP is against liberalism what exactly is it for?

I am far from a Democrat (as they portray liberalism very poorly as well) but I definitely have many liberal viewpoints.
Liberal and Libertarian are much closer than Tea Party/Conservative and Libertarian.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:44 AM
 
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In the United States, there are 3 regions that are predominantly blue states at the local, state and national levels: 1) the Northeast from Maryland up to Maine including Pennsylvania, 2) the Industrial Middle around the Great Lakes and 3) the West Coast including more recently some interior western states like New Mexico.

How do these regions differ in their kind of liberalism? How are they similar? What is the opposition Republican party like in these regions?
Sorry for diverging
I will provide my input on topic now:

The western states are more based on social liberalism. The Eastern and midwestern are more based on economic liberalism. The blue collar middle class.

Still there are mixes in both areas.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:56 AM
 
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all of them are idiots so who cares?
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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I want to understand why Liberal is such a "bad" word.

Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin līberālis of freedom, from līber free

Dont GOPers and TeaPartiers rant about freedom often?

liberal - WordReference.com Dictionary of English

If the GOP is against liberalism what exactly is it for?

I am far from a Democrat (as they portray liberalism very poorly as well) but I definitely have many liberal viewpoints.
Liberal and Libertarian are much closer than Tea Party/Conservative and Libertarian.
liberal libertarian is only closer than libertarian conservative because they share the same first 5 letters.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:02 AM
 
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liberal libertarian is only closer than libertarian conservative because they share the same first 5 letters.
Only in the mind of a know-nothing.

You only know that Michele Bachmann and her crew hijacked the term.

You really have no clue where the libertarian philosophy came from. It is far from the corporatist monster the Koch Broothers are purveying.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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In the United States, there are 3 regions that are predominantly blue states at the local, state and national levels: 1) the Northeast from Maryland up to Maine including Pennsylvania, 2) the Industrial Middle around the Great Lakes and 3) the West Coast including more recently some interior western states like New Mexico.

How do these regions differ in their kind of liberalism? How are they similar? What is the opposition Republican party like in these regions?
my perception of the predominant "type" of leftist american in each area:

west coast = social liberal, class/race activists

midwest = industrial union members, labor activists

northeast = public sector unions, teachers, regulators, bureaucrats, media
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Only in the mind of a know-nothing.
You cite a dictionary definition of "liberal" which has not been accurate for nearly a hundred years in this country... and then announce that someone else is a "know-nothing"?


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Old 08-07-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Long Island (chief in S Farmingdale)
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The general rule of thumb has been the east and midwest are more economic liberal and the west is more socially liberal, however I would say more and more the east coast is becoming socially liberal. Same-sex marriage is legal in all of New England and most of the Mid-Atlantic. The area is a bit more religious than the west coast, but I would say just as strong in support for keeping religion and government separate, Also if you look at where the Democrats have picked up the most ground in the region over the past 15-20 years, its generally among the white collar, well educated middle to upper middle class areas. Look at areas such as Scarsdale in Westchester, or the mainline suburbs in Philly for examples.

As far as the GOP, the party is in shambles from pretty much Maryland up through Maine, the exception is PA, where the state party remains fairly strong (partially due to the large rural swarths in the state, as well as some intense gerrymandering). Other than that, while strong candidates may come around every now and then (Christie in NJ), the state GOP in the vast majority of the region is basically in disarray.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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Not that big a difference, us liberals love America no matter where we're from
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