The flood of refugees from high-tax, high-crime liberal states to low-tax, low-crime states has gone from a steady stream to a tsunami over the past several years as Democrats in certain states have consolidated their power, passed crazier and crazier laws driving down the quality of life and raising taxes to unaffordable levels. These states are also largely bankrupt, with a public pension bomb just waiting to explode and so many public freebies it attracts homeless, the welfare crowd and illegal aliens from everywhere and, correspondingly, increases Democrat control. Which fuels more tax increases, more spending and more programs to attract even more people looking for government cheese. What we call a vicious cycle.
Responsible adults in these states are fleeing to states without this vicious cycle of problems. Basically...states run by Republicans. By and large, these are good people. Hard workers, responsible, law-abiding people. Many of them business owners moving their operations to more sensible states.
As nice as many of these people are, and as much as I sympathize with them, there is a cultural difference between most native Californians and most native Texans. You can substitute any red-state/blue-state combination. Maybe it was finances that drove some of these people. But they may be liberal on social issues. Or, maybe the other way around. The point is there are cultural differences, and flooding a conservative state with people from a liberal state inevitably leads to that conservative state becoming less conservative.
I was reminded of this when I saw a remarkable story of a murder a few weeks ago in Arkansas. Without reading you the story, the basic summary goes like this:
- Man murders woman's mother and cousin in their home in 1996;
- Woman befriends the man who murdered her mother while he is in prison, exchanging letters and visiting him;
- While he is in prison, woman buys the home where her 75yo mother was murdered and converts it into a fancy bed & breakfast;
- She lobbies the parole board for the murderer's release;
- Woman gives the man a job upon his release in 2018, working in the home where he killed her mother and cousin;
- Woman catches him stealing and fires him;
- Man stabs and bludgeons her to death in 2020 in the same home where he killed her mother and cousin 24 years earlier.
This is an example of what I call 'suicidal altruism'. That is, a refusal to accept reality and substituting that reality with a fantasy of how the person wants things to be. And then proceeding in a situation as though that fantasy of how they wish things were is reality. And then suffering severe consequences for ignoring reality. It's irrational. But that's basically the difference between liberals and rational people.
What jumped out at me from this sad story is that the woman was from California and had moved to Arkansas to buy her mother's home from her family and convert it into an upscale bed & breakfast. The picture in media from this event shows her sitting with a glass of red wine. I know people everywhere enjoy red wine, but she looks very Californian in the picture. I thought that even before I read the story. But she moved from California - a very liberal state - to Arkansas - a very conservative state. This is an example of idealistic people from a different part of the country moving to the middle of America and bringing their crazy hippie dippy ideas with them and causing damage. And this is why I'm not a fan of everyone telling "conservatives" in New York, New Jersey, California, Illinois, etc. to move to conservative states like Florida, Texas, etc.
When people from these liberal states get here (I live in Florida) they bring their politics with them. They bring their lifestyle ideas with them. They bring the same attitudes and nonsense that destroyed the place they're coming from. There are exceptions to this general rule, but with mass population shifts, it's been true over and over. Colorado was an ultra-conservative Western state that's been completely flipped to an anti-gun pot-smoking faithful Democrat state by Californians fleeing the disaster they created in California. Idaho is struggling with this same issue as Californians are pouring in and completely changing the culture and beginning to dominate politics. Virginia was the most conservative of conservative states, but has become so flooded with people fleeing New York, New Jersey & Connecticut, it's now a leftist wacko Disneyland with Democrats in total control of the government and running roughshod over native Virginians. It's been transformed into New York South. North Carolina, Georgia & Florida are barely holding on as conservative states for this same reason.
This is why, when I see people on social media talking about getting out of their madhouse liberal state and moving to a conservative state or, worse yet, conservatives inviting people to move from liberal states to Texas, Florida, etc. I always tell them "STOP!" Do not encourage this. All such movement does is further consolidate leftist control of liberal states and it dilutes the states where these refugees flee to.
In the picture at the top of this article, you see someone encouraging actress Kirstie Alley to move away from Hollywood and come to Texas. Fox's Sean Hannity - a native New Yorker - frequently talks about picking up and moving to Texas or some other conservative state. I know several people who "escaped" their liberal states. I always encourage people, when they talk about this, to stay where they are. Defend their home. Defend their state. Take it back from the lunatics. Organize, vote, run for office. Get on a school board or county commission and make a difference there. Help someone else. The left didn't achieve total control in these places by magic. They worked, organized, agitated and took advantage of every opportunity to seize another position. Then worked with others who had seized a position to help others grab more positions and amplify their power. I know it's easier to pull up stakes and move to a place that's better, but that doesn't benefit anyone except the one fleeing their own state.
Again, like foreigners who don't like the economy or the government or the filth in their own country and so flee to the U.S. or some other place. Clean up your country. Change your government. Do your part to improve the economy.
The woman in this sad story about murder in Arkansas moved from California and cited her buddhist spirituality as her excuse for befriending the man who murdered her mother and cousin. I'm sure she thought she was very open-minded and progressive. It was insane. Her Arkansas neighbors probably thought she was a kooky Californian, but it didn't really matter. There actually are cultural differences from place to place that make a big difference. Collectively, they can completely change an entire state and, eventually, a nation.