There is just something about Maine that makes them different. Maybe it is the fact that there are basically no roads on the northwestern part of the State. Maybe it is the fact that they are really more Canadian than American? I don’t understand how we stole that land from Canada in the first place?
I have been in Maine a couple of time in the past decade or so. The last time was returning home from Nova Scotia and PEI. By the way, I love Prince Edward Island especially the mussels! If it weren’t so cold up there I would consider moving there on a pretty permanent basis. But, I am getting off topic here.
There is something different about Maine that maybe the rest of the country needs to follow and that is that neither Republicans nor Democrats have a majority in their State government or federal representation. They now have a centrist group of independents that control what legislation will pass. Here is a little about that from the Centrist Project.
Casas, who has been active in organizing the centrist coalition in the state says that one of the largest benefits of serving as independent is the ability to work exclusively for the people he represents, instead of working for partisan interests and his constituency.
A small group of independents can have a lot influence by denying both sides a majority. This forces both sides to make compromises to get legislation passed, and prevents either side from imposing their most radical ideas along partisan line votes.
Wouldn’t that be something, to have representatives in government who are only beholden to the people who put them in office! That is a radical concept that needs to become contagious if we are ever again to flourish as a country. No, you can’t make America great again by telling lie after lie after lie. It seems that every piece of legislation that comes up now has 99% of the people of each party voting the same. How can that even be considered representing your constituents?
I know I talk about RedAmerica and BlueAmerica as if the people in those States are much different. But in reality, most States have about a 60% – 40% (or 40 – 60) split between conservatives and progressives, so in some ways each State had both RedAmerica and BlueAmerica within their borders. The exception to that might be the Deep South who has still never forgiven the Democrats for civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Closing out this rambling post, I think Maine has it right when it comes to their politics. I have to spend more time in the State to get to know them better.