Which State Will Grovel the Least to the Looters?

This is not a rhetorical question.  I am involved in a thorough search for a new locale where the state and local government won’t go out of their way to violate my first and second amendment rights on a daily basis.  After the events of the last week or so I am more motivated than ever to come up with an exit strategy.  Let’s call it “Escape from New England.”

The three states I’ve inhabited in the northeast over the course of my relatively long life have taken fiendish delight in singling out my race and sex for punishment and humiliation.  Although I am still tied by bonds of employment and family to this part of the country, I foresee that imminent retirement and the maturing of the next generation will allow me to escape.  In fact it is partly for the sake of the grandchildren that I want to relocate to a place where their chances for happiness will be better.  Camera Girl is a reluctant participant due to her grandchildren but I feel confident that I can provide her with plenty of access to the kids through visits and trips.

Back in November of 2018 I first started considering the move.  I looked at a list of the ten most conservative states.  They were Wyoming, North Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Utah and Tennessee.  Based on climate I pared it down to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Idaho, Utah and Tennessee.  But this is just rudimentary sorting.  Living in an already crappy climate like New England I want to base my decision on more important things than climate.  If it turned out that Wyoming was a conservative paradise, I’d bite the bullet and pack up my snow plow and move there in a heartbeat.

In that spirit I am opening up consideration for any location.  Texas and Arizona are rumored to be turning purple.  But maybe that is an exaggeration.  I’ll listen to what people living in these areas have to say.  I want to cast as wide a net as possible and then use the best information available to sift through the results.

So, help me out all you fellow deplorables.  Where is the promised land?  And just as valuable where isn’t it?  Even in red states I’m sure there are plenty of places where the liberals have got a stranglehold like in Austin TX.  The last thing I want to do is travel half way across the country and end up in the same situation I’m in now.  Feel free to warn me off anyplace like that.

I’ve put a poll with a list of the reddest states.  I’ve also added a choice other if your choice isn’t there.  then just leave it in the comments.  And even if you pick one of the states I’ve listed feel free to elaborate in the comments section.  I’m critically interested in real information from our side of the fence.  As you are aware the stuff that Google elevates in its searches aren’t exactly accurate for our side of the aisle.  If I think that this poll provides enough information I’ll organize it and maybe it can be a resource for others caught behind enemy lines in the deplorable hating blue states.

Update:

Thanks to all that read and participated in the poll and comments.  I have a short update on the results with some thoughts about the results.

Which is the Best State for a Social Conservative to Live In?

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The Search Begins

For an American man with traditional beliefs living in New England or for that matter anywhere in the Northeast is depressing.  In an earlier post I described it as living behind enemy lines or in occupied territory.  So, for a long time I’ve been contemplating a move.  Much is linked to employment, of course.  But equally important is ending up in a place that maximizes the improvement in quality of life.  I did a search and found a 2016 survey that listed the top ten conservative states.

Wyoming             +35

North Dakota     +31

Mississippi          +31

Oklahoma           +30

Alabama              +30

Arkansas              +28

Idaho                    +28

Louisiana             +27

Montana             +26

Utah                      +26

Tennessee          +26

In order to narrow the search, I added the climate requirements to the mix.  Living in New England has hammered home the disadvantages of living in an area that has frequent and deep snowfalls.  And in general, very cold climates are a definite negative selection factor for me.  That eliminated Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana.  And while not completely eliminated I give lesser preference to extremely hot, humid areas that are also prone to hurricanes.  Until further consideration, let’s put aside Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.  That leaves Oklahoma, Arkansas, Idaho, Utah and Tennessee.  Five seems like a manageable number of choices.  Generally speaking, that gives me two southeastern choices, two western choices and one somewhere in the middle.

This is a very rudimentary beginning to my search but it seems to be moving me off the mark pretty quickly.  I was interested in getting some feedback from the OCF audience to help evaluate these five states or any other candidates that maybe I should add to the list.  I intend to make this an ongoing process and I’ll return back to folks here to get additional information if it exists.

And just to make sure it doesn’t get buried I’m giving it a category of its own and a spot on the front page.