My friend Jeff Gentry led me to this wonderful article from my beloved Boston Globe (oh, sweet mistress of journalistic beauty how I miss thee- but the St. Pete Times is a heck of a paper).
I believe that I have lived in 6 states during my lifetime (sometimes I can't remember). I must say that I am most affectionate for Massachusetts. This so-called Liberal Mass with its liberal Senator from Mass and its gay marriage affirming supreme court had some of the most thoughtful, spiritual, deeply affectionate, sersious minded, well informed, respectful people I have ever come across. For 3.5 years, I felt I was among my people, so when Bush and Cheney continually disparaged the area, I took (and take) it personally.
This commentary from the Globe is a reminder of a statistic I loved to trumpet while living there (when I talked to my friends from the Bible Belt). Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the country. The rest of New England follows closely (Blue States). Who has the highest divorce rates in the nation? The Bible Belt (Red States).
Commentators and RRers in the Red States continually remind the rest of us that they have the corner on Family Values, that the Northeast is out of touch with such values (I guess those gay people are not ruining everyone's marriages) and that the Northeast is a secular psuedo-Europe with no understanding of God and the things that matter.
Well, I have moved back to the Bible Belt in a slightly red state. I love much about my home land, but I do miss that Liberal Mass with its low divorce rate, low child abuse rate, low infant moratlity rate, relatively low crime rate, care for the environment, high education rate (best schools in America), best health care in the nation, large number of non-profits (interesting that the socialist state of MA also has higher per capita giving and volunteerism), leaving less children, poor, elderly and underserved behind. Yes, those high taxes pay for something.
New England- God bless you. As the Globe pointed out, you are truly conservative holders of family values. Out of touch with middle America, my arse.
The south apologizes.