Lamartine rejects the red flag in 1848.
Red is the international color of socialism. Socialist parties use, or used, it everywhere. Communist nations, whose economic system was socialist, almost all used red flags. France's socialist party uses a red rose as its symbol.
So how did we, in the US, end up with red states and blue states? It truly confuses me. The red states are the most conservative ones, and the blue states the most liberal ones. The US doesn't have very many true socialist, but on a red blue scale shouldn't that be reversed?
I posted this originally on September 9, 2014.
Since that time one surprising thing that has occurred is that a bonafide socialist, Bernie Sanders, has not only been running within the Democratic Party for the Presidency, but he's been doing well in his run. He beat Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire yesterday and he nearly beat her in Iowa a couple of weeks ago. Lots of young people, perhaps not really knowing what they are declaring, are now self identifying as socialist.
Which makes the press's ongoing use of the "red state" moniker to describe Republican states nonsensical and moronic. In this election, we have one person who really identifies with the red rose of socialism. In her effort to try to head him off at the Democratic pass, the other candidate is lurching towards the left. Just last week the socialist declared Wall Street to be a "broken model" and Clinton has been trying to distance herself from Wall Street, which of course is in her own adopted home state. And there's no longer hardly any pretense in the Democratic Party this year of not being a left wing party.
So, press, red is the color of the hard left. Fix your analogy.