Bill Moore

We often have heard the statement” All politics are local”. I heard a slightly different slant on this on a radio show called Sonny’s Corner. She made the statement that all our differences of thought are based on zip codes. After listening for a short time and applying her thoughts to our current political situations, I believe she made a great deal of sense.

Applying this thought to the Second Amendment is an easy example. If you live in a zip code in a rural area you most likely grew up with guns and learned to shoot to hunt or for protection from animals. You would be a 2nd amendment supporter as guns are a part of your normal life. If your Zip Code was urban, you experience with guns is mostly from murders or robberies committed by others. So you would not be a 2nd Amendment advocate viewing guns as dangerous weapons that hurt people.

A similar argument could be made with religion. If you Zip Code was rural than church and religion is a major part of your life and often the center of activities in the community. Here you would be a major supporter of the 1st Amendment’s Freedom of Religion. Urban Zip Codes show much less support of religion. Where there is support in an urban zip code, the Church has much less influence on the lives and decisions of their members since there are a multitude of other influences on those individuals. The Church is not the center of the community. Support for Freedom of Religion is much less.

Zip codes can influence how you feel about the 10th amendment. If you live in a zip code that is primarily minority you have a certain amount of distrust for state and local power. People in these zip codes remember it was the Federal Government that guaranteed the right to vote and fought against discriminatory local and state laws. People in these zips would support a strong Central Government and not support State’s rights. People in other zip codes that did not experience these laws would generally want to expand local and state powers as their experiences were positive.

If you live in a zip code that receives a great deal of federal aid such as Food Stamps, Housing allowances etc., you would not be a supporter of limiting the power of the Federal Government and cutting the Budget. Other Zip Codes not receiving a great deal of these benefits would support cutting program and budget.

Immigration beliefs can also be explained through zip codes. If you live in a poorer minority zip code you would generally support illegal immigration since it is often friends and relatives coming here illegally. An exception might be in the Black community where these illegals are taking jobs from the community and working for less pay. An elite zip code would support illegal immigration as it provides a steady supply of workers who work cheaply in business or in their homes. A middle class zip code would generally not be supportive of illegal immigration. This cheap labor causes the Middle Class not to see raises in salary. This is affecting the economic power of that Middle Class.

There are more examples that can be made however I believe I have made my point on zip codes. The question is what can Republicans do about it?

If the Party is to grow, we must reach out to non- traditional Republicans and try to get them into the fold. In order to do that we must understand their belief system and be prepared to offer an alternative solution. Understanding their zip code is a way of understanding the why of their basic beliefs and developing a program to challenge those beliefs when they are wrong. If we believe out tenets are correct we cannot be afraid to go into areas to challenge beliefs different from ours.