Sunday, August 14, 2005
Why I often feel like a moderate.
I am not at all surprised, but it turns out I grew up in the 237th most liberal city in the United States [doc] — which is to say, in the most conservative city in the U.S. with more than 100,000 inhabitants. (Actually, I grew up in Provo's smaller urban Siamese twin, Orem — but there are no political or cultural differences between them. Orem may even be more conservative than Provo.)
And now I live in Cambridge, the 8th most liberal city in the U.S. I've been here almost ten years, but you'd think I'd still be experiencing whip-lash from a transition so comprehensive. Instead, I simply feel some sympathy for the attitudes and perspectives of both sides. Mind you, the conservatives are wrong, and it's easier to feel sympathy for them at a distance, but they're not alien to me. I also don't actually travel in lefty circles in Cambridge. In other words, my years as a liberal Utahn prepared me for a happy life of Massachusetts moderatism. (Hey, is anyone surprised that the Bay Area Center for Voting Research discovered that the Bay Area is the most liberal region in the country? Via Kevin Drum.)
Meanwhile, I've been thinking it would be really cool to find a geographer or really geeky map-and-statistics person who could superimpose the locations of each U.S. Unitarian Universalist congregation on a county-level electoral map from the 2004 election. Wouldn't you love to know how many UU congregations are in blue counties, purple counties, and red ones? Care to guess?
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 14 August 2005 at 2:36 PM