Colin Woodard, a reporter at the Portland (Maine) Press Herald says: “North America can be broken neatly into 11 separate nation-states, where dominant cultures explain voting behaviors/attitudes toward everything from social issues to the role of government.” It explains cultural origins, people sorting themselves into like-minded communities.
We are “The Left Coast,” a slim margin near the Pacific Ocean, of “Appalachian independence and Yankee utopianism, innovation (Silicon Valley and Seattle).” Yet the flag-waving Mr. Waitman (12/4/13) who “supports this country against one with a history like that,” keeps falling into the same old trap most Americans do: forgetting 400 years of extortionism, extinction tactics, concentration camps (reservations) versus repeating over and over 11 years of atrocious Third Reich actions (learned from the British/Americans perpetrated earlier). Propaganda, self-congratulating posing, is bad. Just because America’s evil deeds have not been widely made known, or are suppressed, does not make them untrue. They did happen and continue to do so.
My Nov. 25 letter in The Olympian got stripped of 11/4 paragraphs of historic comparisons (today’s African squabbles repeating those of Germanic tribes. Vikings meanwhile exemplary world citizens.) Despite first-rate columnist Eugene Robinson (12/4/13) calling all Americans “complicit murderers,” I remain an anti-war, anti-gun, anti-drone peaceful individual whose personal idea of the American dream is owning a home/yard and environmentally responsibly caring for both well into my old age.