We Are the Red States

by Cindy Bleuler Tucker

I wrote this in November 2004, after the election.  The political pundits were asking “Who are the Red States ? Who are these people?” This was my response.  My fifteen minutes of fame was when Sean Hannity read it on his show.  A dear friend of mine told me to put this on my website.  She said, “it’s as relevant today.”


We are the red states.


We listen to talk shows and Fox News.

We tear up when we hear the national anthem.

We drive SUVs and fly business class. We go through drive-thrus, have mortgages, and shop at Wal-Mart.

We attend barbecues, football games, fire hall meetings, and places of faith.

We believe life is precious and marriage is sacred.

We believe there are some things worth dying for.

We have the utmost respect for those who lay their life on the line defending our freedom and protecting our streets.

We believe religion is not a philosophy but a way of life.

We raise our children as best we can.

We’ll help anyone who really needs it, and not blame others for our own bad choices.

We read our Holy Books.

We pray because we know wisdom comes from God, not man.

We live our lives quietly as we care for our families.

We might not have time to demonstrate, but we make time to vote.


We expect the values we teach to be respected in our schools.

We expect people to say what they mean and mean what they say.

We expect to work hard and earn the just rewards of that labor.

We expect to be able to watch a football game with our kids and not have to worry about the content of the half-time show.

We expect terrorists and those who harm the innocent to be punished.


We are farms, ranches, small businesses and town squares.

We are potluck dinners, baseball games, fishing holes, and civic clubs.

We are little league games, piano recitals, Bible studies, and car pools.

We are grandfathers in Iwo Jima, fathers in Vietnam, and sons and daughters in Iraq.

We are fly over country.

We are the red states.



About Cindy Bleuler Tucker

Hi! I'm Cindy, and I am a retired teacher, wife, and mother of a 20 year old. I am a Christian with great interest in living for the Lord in my daily life. My Christian worldview permeates every thing I do and say, at least when my sin doesn't get in the way! My family and friends are very important to me. I have a great interest in the Blble, moral issues, politics, books music, and popular culture. I love writing, going to church activities, swimming, and exercising. I have a personal interest in disability and adoption issues. I write devotionals, political commentary, reviews, poetry, and some fiction and I guess whatever I feel like. I guarantee you will not agree with me on everything. I welcome your constructive comments and hope we can have a great sharing of the minds.
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2 Responses to We Are the Red States

  1. Hut Greever says:

    I read this via a link from Russell Martin on facebook. Just want you to know that although I am a democrat and considered a liberal here in the south and I was blessed by it. I really believe that many of us from all parts of the political spectrum share more in common than we often acknowledge and I agree with everything you said (even as a little blue dot in a big red state.)

    Warmest regards,

    Hut Greever
    Birmingham, AL

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