One Nation, Slightly Divisible

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What does someone think when they hear America? The meaning of America simply varies by the person. One person could say it’s a place of freedom. Another person could say it’s a place for prosperity. It all varies by the person. Even though American citizens may have different meanings of America, they are still Americans living in one nation. This idea is similar to what Scott Brooks wrote about. Scott Brooks, The author of the article “One Nation, Slight Divisible”, says that America is split into two nations. He explains how America is split into Red and Blue America and the differences between the two. The distinction between red and blue comes from the 2000 presidential election. The coastal areas would vote Democratic (blue) and the rural areas would vote Republican (red). Red America is also known as Middle America where they live in small towns and have simple lives. Blue America is known as being classier with big businesses and a fast lifestyle. This opinion by Brooks seems true. There is a clear distinction with Red America and Blue America. Brooks claims that Red and Blue America are opposites in sports, clothing, stances on different issues, and more. The cultures between the two are completely different. The cultures are completely opposites, but this does not mean two different nations. America is one nation.

Red America and Blue America differ in education and money. This is clearly understood in Brooks’ article. Brooks write on page 528:

”In Franklin County only 12 percent of the adults have college degrees and only 69 percent have high school diplomas. In Montgomery County 50 percent of the adults have college degrees and 91 percent have high school diplomas.”

There is a clear difference in education level, but what does education lead to? A well-paying job that will probably take place out of institutions such as big businesses, courtrooms, or even hospitals. Most of these jobs are plentiful around cities and coastal areas or Blue America, as Brooks would say. What’s happening is that the difference in education is affecting the two lifestyles. This is why Montgomery County is richer in the sense of median household income. The different economic statuses of the two counties show major differences. Montgomery County has nice homes with nice cars and such, while Franklin County has pickups and ranch-sized homes. This seems stereotypical but it is true from the first person prospective Brooks gives. However, Education and money doesn’t separate a nation. This is because there always have been different social classes. There have been rich and poor social classes throughout all civilizations. Also, all these civilizations were still all one nation. Of course there was disagreements between social classes, but it’s expected. Mike Ross is the author or the article “Lives on the Boundary.” In the last paragraph on page 101-102 he states: “We are offered a faith in the unifying power of a body of knowledge, whose infusion will bring the rich and the poor, longtime disaffected and the uprooted newcomers into cultural unanimity.”

Education has a binding power in which it can bring people together. It can also separate us, as not everyone can receive equal education. Most of the time the poor tend to have less educated and it separates them from the rich. Red America has a lower educational level compared to Blue America, which leads to different social classes. Does that make them two different nations? A group will interact differently depending on education level, but it doesn’t backup America being two nations. All because there is a difference in social classes it doesn’t makes them completely different nations.

Besides education and money, there is a difference between hobbies, sports, and shopping. There are many places in the article where it was clear that there was a difference in the cultures. Brooks said in the 3rd paragraph on page 526: “Different sorts of institutions dominate life in...
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