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American Refugees

The Untold Story of the Mass Exodus From Blue States to Red States

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Hardcover / 232 pages
ISBN: 9781641772860
AVAILABLE: 1/9/2024

American Refugees
The Untold Story of the Mass Exodus From Blue States to Red States

A net exodus of Americans from blue to red states has been in progress for several years now. This is largely a southbound movement, and perhaps some migrants are “running from the cold up in New England,” as the song goes. But mostly they are leaving states that are too far gone into woke socialism to recover anytime soon—notably California, New York, and Illinois—in favor of states with more conservative governance.

The conventional wisdom, or fear, among red state locals is that these newcomers are closet liberals whose growing numbers will serve to replicate the same dysfunction they left behind. Roger Simon argues that the reverse may be more accurate: blue-to-red migrants tend to be serious constitutional conservatives, and they might be the calvary that rescues the red states from their own problems.

With the possible exception of Florida, the red states too are in trouble. Having been one-party states themselves for a long time, like California, they have also been corrupted, but in a different way. Their political leaders have become disconnected from the conservative values of their constituents. Migrants from blue states, however, are likely to be highly invested in saving the red states they move into.

American Refugees is the story of how a culture clash precipitated a great blue state exodus, and what it means for the rest of America. Focusing particularly on Tennessee as a paradigm, Simon contends that only the red states can preserve the constitutional republic envisioned by the Founders. Only they can save America for our children and grandchildren. The struggle will be great, but the story will ultimately have a happy ending.

About the Author

Roger L. Simon made his living writing novels and screenplays before he took the New Media plunge as co-founder and CEO of the pioneering blog aggregation and news and opinion website PJ Media (formerly Pajamas Media) in 2005. In books, he is best known for his series of the eight Moses Wine detective novels, which have been translated into over a dozen languages and won prizes from the Mystery Writers of America and the Crime Writers of Great Britain. The first Moses Wine novel was The Big Fix, made into a film starring Richard Dreyfuss for which Simon wrote the screenplay, bringing him to Hollywood.

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I was in the home, some miles south of Nashville, of a man I was told knew as much about the inside of Tennessee politics as anyone.

For anonymity, he is known online as “Rocky Top,” after the Osborne Brothers bluegrass hit.

It was our first meeting.

He began by recounting a tale told him by a couple living in Greeneville, Tennessee, population 15,479.

The couple had watched for over a year while a rather elaborate house was being constructed next door without any indication of whose it was. Finally it was completed, and the family arrived. The woman of the new house walked over to introduce herself to the couple that very day.

“We’re from California” she said, before adding quickly, “But we’re not bringing California values with us … in case you were wondering.”