Ironically, these states also have:
A) Most of the lowest crime rates in the nation.
B) The lowest divorce rates in the nation.
C) The highest quality of life in the nation.
D) The lowest ratio of federal aid to tax dollars paid in the nation.
--People who might actually have a different opinion that what Bush says.
--People who don't have to promote their religious beliefs to know they have them.
--People who use intelligent rebuttles to conflicting arguments other than "you fag!"
--People who have taste in music and art that does not soley deal with the subject of "loving neocons no matter what or else we'll kick your ass!"
--People who pay the taxes that subsidize the red states.
--People who are tolerant of other cultures outside of WASPdom.
--Believe in the equality of all men and women.
For every tax dollar that Alabama pays, it receives $2.03 in federal aid.
For every tax dollar that California pays, it receives 81 cents in federal aid.
In the past, media would use maps with red for one party and blue for the other, with no set standard. The current trend was set during the 2000 Presidential election, when NBC used it. The race was very close, and because of this, Tim Russert was often heard to say things like "Bush needs x more red states in order to win, and Gore needs x more blue states in order to win." Because the coverage was being watched so intently by so many people, the color scheme stuck, and is now used by all networks.
What many people don't realize is that this color scheme is actually the opposite of traditional political colors. Red has always been associated with socialism and communism (i.e. extreme forms of liberalism) as seen on flags of countries such as the P.R.C., the U.S.S.R., and the D.P.R.K. On the other hand, blue is most often associated with conservatism, and sometimes facism (i.e. the extreme form of conservatism). Most nations still use this color scheme.
It may be that NBC assigned these colors at random, or it may be because Republican and red both start with R. Neither party has officially adopted these colors. This color scheme has often led to confusion when residents of other countries see a political map of the U.S. or hear Americans discussing red states versus blue states.
5. South Carolina*
9. New Mexico
18. North Carolina*
31. New York
32. New Jersey
33. Rhode Island
44. West Virginia*
46. South Dakota*
47. New Hampshire
50. North Dakota*
Of the first 25, 17 were red states.
Of the last 10 states (safest) on the list, only four were "blue states," yet most of the "red states" with the exception of Iowa, Idaho and West Virginia have populations below a million and are sparsely populated.
Of the last 25, 13 were red states.
All in all "South Park" was right: we had to choose between a douche and a shit sandwhich.