Mr.Election & Ali Zifan via Wikimedia Commons

Political maps of the United States routinely distinguish between “blue” and “red” states, with the descriptors providing a short-hand way to differentiate between “liberal” or Democrat-leaning states (blue) and those that are more “conservative” or Republican-leaning (red). While these color-coded distinctions never provided anything approaching a scientific formulation of politics within states, they have remained in common usage for more than two decades.

The manner in which states currently are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, illustrates clearly that when it comes to dealing with “emergencies,” red states are equally as eager to push aside privacy, property and other rights fundamental to individual liberty as are their blue counterparts.  And it is not only the more “moderate” or liberal-leaning Republican governors, such as Maryland’s Larry Hogan, who figure in such analysis.  


That Californian Gavin Newsom jumped on the statewide “lockdown” bandwagon early in the coronavirus crisis surprised no one; he is the uber-liberal governor of an ultra-liberal state.  Similarly, it came as no great surprise that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy pushed the envelope of emergency executive power when he closed all gun stores in the Commonwealth (a move he has since been forced to reverse).

However, it was not blue states that started the cascade of states canceling by executive orders long-scheduled primary elections due to fears that voters would be susceptible to catching the virus while standing in line to vote.  That questionable process was led by red states, including Ohio, Georgia and Louisiana.  

It was North Carolina, a formerly red state trending to “purple,” that was early to close off its beautiful and popular Outer Banks areas to non-residents; enforced by police roadblocks.  In Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis came under withering fire when he failed to close the Sunshine State’s many beaches to college students on Spring Break, when the virus first took hold.  After being burned by such criticism, Florida made a 180-degree turn and has become among the most draconian in taking steps to try and prevent travelers from virus “hot spots” (like New York and Louisiana) from crossing into its territory.

Other “Deep South” red states have succumbed as readily as have northeastern blue states to the lure of executive control over their citizens and their citizens’ personal information.  For example, two states that share little in common other than allegiance to the American flag – red state Alabama and deepest-blue Massachusetts – decided that the medical privacy of their citizens had to fall in the face of the COVID-19 threat.  

According to a recent story in Vice News, both of these states are disclosing to law enforcement and other first responders information that individuals may have been infected with the coronavirus.  Bureaucrats in both states have staunchly defended invasion of this most personal medical information, by claiming it is “necessary” to protect first responders who might be called on to interact with such individuals.  Those officials note, for example, that the information is not to be “retained” and is to include only addresses but not the name of who might live at the address. Such distinctions, of course, are meaningless as a practical matter, considering the ease with which databases containing personal information routinely are shared among government and corporate entities.  In fact, according to Vice, Alabama’s program expressly allows release of a suspected COVID-19 infected person’s information to be made available to anyone who might be at “risk” from such person.

“Emergency” decrees by municipal officials summarily ordering the closure of entire categories of businesses have become the norm everywhere; whether in deep-blue counties in traditionally deep-blue states like California and Washington, in states recently-turned blue like Virginia, or in Republican-controlled red counties like my home county of Cobb in the Republican red suburbs of Atlanta.

Elected and appointed local government officials in these counties, following the examples set by their governors, not only seem eager to use their “executive” power to declare “emergencies,” but are quick to supplement and expand such decrees as soon as panicked citizens cry that “not enough” is being done to shelter them from harm. 

When it comes to meeting an “emergency” with government mandates, it seems “we are all blue” in 21st Century America.

Explore our interactive COVID-19 map below to learn about the latest updates from every state!

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

Advertisement
Do You Still Stand With Trump? [TELL US NOW]



Bob Barr represented Georgia's Seventh District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. He served as the United States Attorney in Atlanta from 1986 to 1990 and was an official with the CIA in the 1970s.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

35 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Dan Winright
Dan Winright
2 years ago

Red for AMERICA, blue for communist.

Viet Vet
Viet Vet
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

Yeah, USA Today was the first one to create that RED/Blue map and you know it wasn’t lost on them that the democommunists align with the world’s communists. They made sure the democommunists weren’t represented by the color red.

Judy Crane
Judy Crane
2 years ago
Reply to  Viet Vet

Agree totally but also question how they can determine every state that way to begin with, Michigan went red for Trump and not due to incredible stupidity are turning blue again.

A. D Roberts
2 years ago
Reply to  Viet Vet

I have no problem with blockading yankees from coming down here to escape the mess they have created. I just don’t like all these Democrat county judges, mayors and/or RINOs telling businesses they have to close. They have NO RIGHT. For sure, corona is NOT as deadly as flu or drunk drivers. So how do they get away with such dictatorial orders when they have NO AUTHORITY and have passed no laws.

A. D Roberts
2 years ago
Reply to  Viet Vet

Actually for a long time, Democrats WERE RED. That is why we have the term “blue dog Democrat” He was a Democrat who voted like a Republican. So some time back, one of the NEWS JOURNALISTS decided that he did not like the Democrats being RED. Too close to RED COMMUNISTS. So he arbitrarily changed it.

Bill
Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

i believe most Americans of any state or state color would understand and agree to “loosing” of privacy concerns if used properly, on a temporary basis, and necessary for the greater good of the majority. Most “true” Americans work together putting aside their political differences and petty gripes for the good of all. In this pandemic we see those in the media and other whiners who are unwilling to be a part of the community coming together to win this war against the ‘invisible enemy’. That should not come as a surprise based on their past actions and comments.

Marie
Marie
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Spot on!

texasladybren
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2020, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Vladilyich
Vladilyich
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

As I’ve said since the ’50s: “Better dead than Red.”

Adjunct George
Adjunct George
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

Red for Communists, not Blue. The left took over the media and immediately libeled our Civil War Republican soldiers by calling us “red.” I did not spend 20 years in the USAF because “I was better red than dead.” Red is the color of all the leftist parties in the world. I refuse to call myself a red. I am a Blue Republican.

Tim
Tim
2 years ago
Reply to  Adjunct George

I am a gray Southerner. I want the republic, that Lincoln destroyed, back ! Tired of the waste & fraud, death & debt of this unGREATful SOCIETY. Socialist Amerika has spent over $22 trillion since 1965, not one savage was made equal. Now the homos want to be equal too ? Hell NO !

Liberally Disgusted
Liberally Disgusted
2 years ago

Praying we get our freedoms back without pain, but a lot of people are wondering if that will happen. Cuomo already made some comment stating we won’t go “back to normal”, that we would go to a “new normal”. It will be interesting to see what it will take.

Mike W
Mike W
2 years ago

There is also a huge difference between how people of faith are acting and how atheist are acting. The left wing loons are gloom and doomers always looking for the worst case scenario.
They jump at anything they think makes Trump looks bad but when their BS is called and the facts are shown – they just look for the next thing to accuse Trump of. One thing it seems many people are unaware of is – that – IT IS NOT the presidents job to make states ready for emergencies/disasters/pandemics etc. that IS THE GOVERNOR’S JOB! The president and federal government are there to assist in any way they can – NOT to do the Governor’s jobs for them. States with good representation will fare much better than those who don’t. Cuomo FAILED to prepare his state – deBlasio is a complete idiot and the people of NY are suffering for it. Add Schumer – Nadler and Alessandra into the mix and it’s a dumpster fire.

Jcatherine
Jcatherine
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike W

Well put…hope for the best and get rid of the dimwit-led House, and keep the Senate. If those are lost, it won’t matter if DJT is re-elected. All one has to do is look at the damage inflicted over the past 31/2 years. This could be the year of the congressional battle.