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They Moved The Border South… Or Maybe North

Joe “Borrowing Words” Biden now has some fascinating reasons why he’ll do well in the South.

You don’t know my state. My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth-largest black population in the country. My state is anything from a Northeast liberal state.

I don’t even know where to begin with this. I guess I’ll pick the low-hanging fruit first and ask “when did they move the borders?” Since when is Delware a border state? Coming from New Mexico, and having been to both our Northern and Southern borders, I can safely say that Delaware is nowhere near either.

Now, historians will probably quibble with me taking him to task for “border state” though. It’s unfortunate that “border state” has a specific connotation for Civil War purposes and a whole different meaning in a time of immigration upheaval. I can let that slide.

However, I can’t let slide the fact that Delaware may have been a slave state, and may have been a border state, but never seceded from the Union. So in that way it bears more resemblance to the North than to the states of the Confederacy. It’s that Confederate history that unites the South, not just slavery. Slavery was one big piece of a very large issue the southern states had with the north and with the union in general – being told how to run their affairs.

Now I’ll let the border state thing go, and I’ll ignore the claim that a state that did not leave the Union is somehow “Southern” for purposes of electing Biden President. What really makes me cringe is politicians throwing around claims that are demonstrably false and so easy to research.

For example, let’s look at the “black population” claim. Actually, Delaware is ranked thirty-second in terms of “largest black population”. To his credit, I think he meant to say Delaware has the 8th largest black population per capita – as a percentage of the total population. But even that isn’t accurate. Delaware is ninth behind the states of the “real south” and barely ahead of Virginia.

Delaware is, I’ll concede, marginally “southern” historically, but so are several other states that are now considered “more southern” – for instance, Kentucky, West Virginia, and even Maryland. That hardly makes Biden competitive against actual Southerners. The fact that he is trying so hard to convince us otherwise is laughable. But then again, maybe he’ll find someone else who said it better and just plagiarize them.

Written by Michael Turk