Red State Virginia is a group of bloggers that are fed up with the establishment tone that has for too long dominated the political landscape in Virginia. We see the vision of turning Virginia “red” as more than just supporting the GOP establishment. In fact many of us have been fighting to reform the GOP from within through the Tea Party. We would like to see the Tea Party take over the GOP and turn it into an arm of the Tea Party.
Defining the terms: When we say “conservative” we are talking about Constitutional Jeffersonian Conservatism. Sprinkle in a little Libertarian. A dash of Social Conservative…and you would have the recipe for Red State Virginia.
Why Red State Virginia? Wikipedia describes where the term “red state” came from.
The terms red states and blue states came into use in 2000 to refer to those states of the United States whose residents predominantly vote for the Republican Party or Democratic Party presidential candidates, respectively. A blue state tends to vote for the Democratic Party, and a red state tends to vote for the Republican Party, although the colors were often reversed or different colors used before the 2000 election. According to AlterNet and The Washington Post, the terms were coined by journalist Tim Russert, during his televised coverage of the 2000 presidential election. That was not the first election during which the news media used colored maps to graphically depict voter preferences in the various states, but it was the first time a standard color scheme took hold. Since 2000, usage of the term has been expanded to differentiate between states being perceived as liberal and those perceived as conservative.
This unofficial system of political colors used in the United States is the reverse of that in most other long-established democracies, where blue represents right-wing and conservative parties, and red represents left-wing and social democratic parties.
When the RPV (Republican Party of Virginia) does what’s right we will be happy to say so. But they should be warned. We will, if their past performance is any indicator, jump on them swiftly to point out their errors.
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