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Can you prove that you live in a backwards state?

Asked by reijinni (6953points) December 30th, 2011

Like religion enshrined in civil law? Forced religion? Poor education?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Georgia: until a few weeks ago we could not buy liquor in stores on Sunday.
Cars still can not be sold here on Sunday.

We rank 48th in educational level.

High school events (public high schools) often begin with prayers or moments of silence for prayer.

linguaphile's avatar

LOL. I think each and every of the 50 states are backwards in one way or another. It all depends on exactly what you consider backwards.

Point in case: Mississippi has the lowest education but the highest in charitable giving. Minnesota consistently ranks high in education, sobriety and welfare but is one of the most unfriendly places. Southern states rank high in obesity, but also rank high in hospitality and generousness. Idaho has excellent environmental groups but also ranks high in number of neo-Nazis/white supremacists. Montana ranks high in self-sufficiency but costs an arm and leg to fly to and from.

What is backwards? The media says good marks in health, education, low crime, environment, obesity and college graduates makes a place “great,” but do healthy, educated environmentalists hold a monopoly on “goodness?” If so, let’s all move to Boulder where there are a lot of healthy, educated, environmentalist legal potheads. Really, some of the best people I’ve known in my life were from the Appalachian backwoods with an average of 7 teeth in their heads.

My point—backwards is what you make of it and to be found in all of us. Just my opinion :)

marinelife's avatar

I don’t feel like I do live in a backwards state. Maryland is a very forward-thinking state.

blueiiznh's avatar

My States motto is Live Free or Die. Pretty forward thinkingand very real on an old motto.

jazmina88's avatar

KY…...wont legalize ganbling at horsetracks. It would help our horrible education teams.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

In Missouri…

Until 1976, it was perfectly legal to shoot a Mormon dead on sight.

It’s against the law for a milkman to run while on duty.

Four or more unrelated women living together is considered a brothel. And brothels are illegal.

Single men between the ages of 21 and 50 must pay a $1 annual state tax.

It is illegal to get an elephant drunk.

augustlan's avatar

WV: We still can’t buy liquor on Sundays, no beer until 1PM on Sundays, either. No alcohol sales at all on Christmas, or on any election day (apparently, in the old days the politicians would get the coal miners all drunk and drive them to the polling places to vote for them). BUT, you can buy beer at the grocery store and liquor at 7–11. Weird. No car sales on Sundays, here, either.

Until I moved here (from Maryland), I honestly thought ‘blue laws’ didn’t exist anymore. Heh.

jerv's avatar

If you ever tried driving around the Seattle metroplex, you would know how backwards they can be when they plan things. Overall though, I think we are a little less backwards here than many other places, especially the South and Midwest.

@blueiiznh… and yet Ayotte managed to get elected. While I miss paying 9% sales tax instead of 9.5%, I have to say that I am glad I moved.

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