I feel like staying out West this morning. Lest I be accused of hostility toward the Northwest Migration, I want to take a look at Idaho, which is the most promising of the three states Harold Covington includes in the Northwest Homeland.
Idaho is a more attractive destination than its Western neighbors because it favors Wyoming over California. If White Zionists were ever successful in transforming Wyoming into the White Nationalist version of Utah, Idaho would be another candidate for colonization.
(1) Population – In terms of population, Idaho is about three times the size of Wyoming. As of 2009, an estimated 1,545,801 live in Idaho to the 544,270 who live in Wyoming. Both states are dwarfed by neighboring Oregon (3.8 million) and Washington (6.6 million).
There are 70 representatives in the Idaho House and 35 seats in the Idaho Senate. In other words, an Idaho House seat represents 22,802 people and an Idaho Senate seat represents about 44,165 people.
By way of comparsion, a Wyoming House seat represents 9,000 and a Wyoming Senate seat represents 17,000. You should be getting the picture: a White Zionist settling in Wyoming has roughly 3x the impact of a White Zionist moving to Idaho.
The political map in Idaho is not an impossible hill to climb. It is another relatively small state. The slope of the hill is just 3x as steep. Compared to Idaho, Washington and Oregon look like a sheer vertical rock face, especially along the Pacific Coast. White Zionists don’t have anywhere near the numbers to compete in those states.
If you are going to pick Idaho over Wyoming, you will have to bring along two other people for every settler, which is not bad if we assume White families (as opposed to single male vanguardists) are the colonists behind this project.
(2) Demographics – Idaho has similar demographics to Wyoming. Non-Hispanic Whites are 84.5 percent of the population. By comparison, Non-Hispanic Whites are 86 percent of Wyoming’s population. There are 3x more White people in Idaho than Wyoming.
Idaho is also one of the most conservative states in America. 48 percent of Idaho residents identify as “conservatives.” This is roughly the same as Wyoming where 53 percent identify as “conservatives.” There are marginally more SWPLs (15 to 9 percent) and Hispanics (10.7 to 8.1. percent) in Idaho.
Oregon and Washington make the Top 10 list of the most liberal states. 26 percent of Oregon residents and 25 percent of Washington residents are “liberals.” This is the SWPL factor that wrecks the Pacific Northwest model. It is reminiscent of Chicago in Illinois and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.
These numbers alone don’t give a fully accurate picture of Washington and Oregon: 33 percent and 39 percent of Oregon residents are conservatives and moderates respectively; 33 percent and 38 percent of Washington residents are conservatives and moderates.
Washington and Oregon are Purple States. Wyoming and Idaho are Red States.
Here’s another interesting item: 9 percent of Wyoming residents are “liberals.” That’s the smallest number of liberals of any state in America. 15 percent of Idaho residents are “liberals.” Moderates are 34 percent of the electorate in both Wyoming and Idaho.
Demographically, Wyoming and Idaho are sister states. This suggests the former will share the fate of the latter. If Wyoming were to find itself in a polarizing confrontation with the federal government, the neighboring states would likely take its side.
That’s the importance of Wyoming: it has the most potential of the Western states to act as the fire starter in its region. It is the state most likely to set the dominos in motion. In 1861, South Carolina’s principled stand against the Lincoln administration incited a war that forced Virginia and Tennessee to choose sides.
(3) Nordic Ancestry – The Idaho mix of European ethnicities is comparable to Wyoming. The same people live in both states. This is another line of evidence that Idaho and Wyoming will hang on or go out together.
Wyoming: 25.9% German, 15.9% English, 13.3% Irish, 6.5% American, 4.3% Norwegian, and 3.5% Swedish 3.5%
Idaho: 18.9% German, 18.1% English, 10% Irish, 8.4% American, 3.6% Norwegian, and 3.5% Swedish.
(4) Taxes – I’ve updated the tax rate comparison chart. It now includes Idaho in addition to Wyoming and Washington. As I suspected, Idaho is a low tax state that falls between these two poles. The sales tax hits harder in Wyoming because of the lower median income. Idaho has a state income tax whereas Wyoming doesn’t.
Wyoming – $1,012, 1.57% of income
Idaho – $1,213, 2.17% of income
Washington – $2,595, 3.52% of income
Excise Taxes – Cigarettes:
Wyoming – 60
Idaho – 57
Washington – 202.5
Excise Taxes – Beer:
Wyoming – $0.02
Idaho – $0.15
Washington – $0.26
Excise Taxes – Gasoline:
Wyoming – 14
Idaho – 26
Washington – 37.5
State Sales Tax:
Wyoming – 4.0
Idaho – 6.0
Washington – 6.25
State Income Tax:
Wyoming: No State Income Tax
Idaho: 1.6 to 7.8
Washington: No State Income Tax
Idaho’s overall tax burden ranks 46 nationally (out of 51) and 11th regionally (out of the 11 western states).
Property tax………….. 42; 42.6% below national average
Sales tax……………. 29; 11.8% below national average
Individual income..… 26; 5.9% below national average
Corporate income… 33; 34.4% below national average
Overall ranking…… 46; 26.0% below national average
(6) Grievances – In terms of federal land ownership, Idaho has an even bigger axe to grind against Washington than Wyoming. 63 percent of the land in Idaho is owned by the National Forest Service under the Bureau of Land Management. 5 percent of land is owned by the state government. Only 30 percent of the land in Idaho is open to development by mere plebeians.
(7) Crime – Idaho ranks 45 in the nation in violent crime. It is 47 in property crime, 48 in murder, 14 in forcible rape, 48 in robbery, 34 in aggravated assault, 43 in burglary, 48 in larceny theft, and 47 in vehicle theft. Idaho is a low crime state like Wyoming because the same people live across state lines.
(8) Economy – The economy of Idaho differs significantly from that of its smaller neighbor. Wyoming is an energy state with an economy based on mining. Idaho is an energy poor state that imports all of its natural gas and petroleum. Half of the electricity in Idaho comes from out of state.
Idaho has a big agriculture sector. Everyone in America knows that Idaho is famous for its potatoes. More potatoes are grown in Idaho than in any other state. Lots of wheat is grown there too.
The Gem State also has a big science and technology sector. Idaho is more of a high tech state than Wyoming. It some major industries. Its economy can be subdivided into manufacturing, healthcare, tourism, agriculture, food processing, timber, and mining in that order.
The more diversified economy, well developed urban infrastructure, and the bigger population in Idaho translates into more jobs across a wider range of skill sets. White Zionists who strike out in Wyoming might enjoy more success in relocating to Idaho.
(9) Education – Idaho has gotten some negative publicity for being near the bottom of the national woodpile in per pupil spending, but the high schools in Boise rank among the best in the nation. This is less of a concern to White Zionists than the racial composition of the public schools. Assuredly, they are overwhelmingly White.
Boise State University:
The Boise State Broncos are well known in Alabama. QB Kellen Moore is a top Heisman candidate this year. Boise State is currently vying with Auburn for a shot at Oregon in the BCS National Championship.
(10) The Jewish Question – According to the Jewish Virtual Library, there are about 1,000 Jews in Idaho, which is the smallest number of Jews in any American state. That was five years ago.
Idaho is the sixth fastest growing state in America. Undoubtedly, the number of Jews has ticked up there in recent years. Still, Idaho and Wyoming are neck and neck in the fewest number of Jews on the ground, which is a major point in their favor.
(11) Neighbors – Aside from Wyoming, Montana and Utah are Idaho’s most attractive neighbors, the most likely sites for White Zionists to expand into adjacent territory.
Nevada is a nuclear wasteland dominated by Reno and Las Vegas. Oregon and Washington are dominated by their metropoles like Illinois and Pennsylvania. The “Northwest Migration” is being driven by the wrong kind of White people there.
Utah is showing signs of a willingness to follow in Arizona’s footsteps. The Mormom birthrate is replenishing the population and fending off creeping Hispanicization. Mormons are already the biggest religious domination in Idaho.
Montana is a larger version of Wyoming with a SWPL infestation in Helena. It is still a small enough state for White Zionists to remain competitive there. We will be taking a closer look at Montana in a few days.
(12) Jobs – Idaho has a 8.3 unemployment rate. This is much worse than Wyoming. Unemployment has been creeping upward since 2005. In Wyoming, it seems to be abating.
(13) Fiscal Responsibility – Idaho has a balanced budget amendment in its state constitution. The state is making deep cuts in education spending to keep its fiscal house in order to cover a $340 million dollar budget shortfall.
Meanwhile, profligate Blue States like California have massive holes in their state budgets, and are already looking toward the Obama administration for a bailout. The painful spending cuts in Idaho has only exacerbated its traditional animosity toward Washington and big spending progressives.
(14) Religion – Mormons (23 percent), Evangelicals (22 percent), and Catholics (18 percent) are thick on the ground in Idaho. 18 percent of Idahoans are “unaffiliated” with any religion. Idaho is comparable to Wyoming in non-believers, but Mormons are more numerous than mainline Protestants there.
(15) Anti-Blue – At least for now, Idaho is another inhospitable Red State, but its fast growing population and high tech economy is starting to attract SWPLs to Boise. They have already succeeded in taking over Denver. Likewise, the bigger agriculture sector is drawing more illegal alien farmworkers to Idaho than Wyoming.
In spite of this, the “Red” demographics of Idaho are more comparable to Wyoming than to Washington or Oregon. There are more conservatives and fewer liberals with about the same number of moderates.
(16) Climate – Idaho is less windy than Wyoming. It is not as arid. The maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean results in milder winters. As in Wyoming, Whites are perfectly capable of adapting to the climate. They are already thriving there in cities like Boise and Idaho Falls.
(17) Cities – Idaho has five cities with a population over 42,000. They are all majority White. The surging Hispanic population in Nampa is a cause for concern though.
Boise – 190,122 (population), 87.2% (non-Hispanic White)
Nampa – 68,156 (population), 66% (non-Hispanic White)
Pocatello – 52,910 (population), 87% (non-Hispanic White)
Idaho Falls – 52,148 (population), 85% (non-Hispanic White)
Meridian – 44,962 (population), 92% (non-Hispanic White)
(18) Politics – The political spectrum in Idaho reflects the overwhelming dominance of conservative voters. Republicans have controlled both chambers of the Idaho state legislature since 1958. Both U.S. Senators from Idaho (Jim Risch and Mike Crapo) are Republicans. The Governor of Idaho (Butch Otter) is a Republican. Both House seats are controlled by Republicans.
Unfortunately, Idaho is not Georgia. The business wing of the Republican Party (fueled by the insatiable appetite of Big Ag for cheap labor) is still ascendant there. Earlier this year, Idaho state lawmakers took a shot at passing restrictionist legislation. It was killed in committee by legislators in thrall to business interests.
In the 2010 midterm elections, Raul Labrador (a Puerto Rican born immigration lawyer with the support of the Boise Tea Party), a supporter of amnesty, a guest worker program, and illegal aliens who are “children of God,” defeated Democrat Walter Minnick in Idaho 2. Along with Gene Taylor in Mississippi (who was also defeated), Minnick was the closest thing to a restrictionist in the Democratic Caucus.
Minnick was a casualty of having a (D) beside his name in a Republican landslide year. As we saw in Red Dominion, Virgil Goode in Virginia 5 (a friend of our cause) was a victim in 2008 of the backlash against George W. Bush.
The prospects for “mainstreamers” in Idaho are not as bleak as Labrador’s victory and Mike Jorgenson’s defeat suggests. Idaho is only behind the curve on immigration reform. Just a few years ago, Janet Napolitano was the Governor of Arizona and John McCain and Jon Kyl were working with Ted Kennedy on their amnesty bill.
Larry Craig used to represent Idaho in the Senate before he was disgraced and exposed as a homosexual tapping his foot in a bathroom stall at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Craig had relentlessly pushed the AgJOBs bill on Capitol Hill. His successor Jim Risch, the former Governor of Idaho, has been a relative improvement.
Overall, the Idaho delegation isn’t all that bad on immigration: Sen. Mike Crapo gets an A-, Sen. Jim Risch a B, Walter Minnick a B, and Mike Simpson a B-. It could be much worse. South Carolina sends Jim Clyburn to the House and Lindsey Graham to the Senate.
Governor Otter is supporting Arizona in the federal courts. There are a few solid restrictionists like Mike Jorgenson in the Idaho state legislature. In 2011, they will be taking another shot at Arizona-style immigration reform. We should support their efforts.
In Idaho, “mainstreamers” have a political base to build upon and favorable demographics to work with. It is only a matter of stirring Idahoans from their slumber and purging the traitors like other states have done.
(19) Vanguardists – The vanguardists have been in Idaho for decades now. “Hiding out in a bunker in Idaho” has become a derisive phrase in the movement. Most famously, Randy Weaver had his showdown with the federal government at Ruby Ridge in 1992.
Harold Covington’s whole scheme is based on the “Butler Plan.” Aryan Nations was based out of Idaho from the 1970s until 2001. The SPLC bankrupted the group with a lawsuit. The Aryan Nations headquarters was awarded to the plantiffs and was subsequently burned to the ground and turned into “a peace park.”
At the time of Richard Butler’s death, Aryan Nations had around 200 members worldwide. The group doesn’t seem to have made any lasting in roads into the local population. It later splintered into various factions and faded in the Pacific Northwest under the new leadership.
(20) Scenery – Like all the Western states, Idaho has its fair share of the most spectacular scenery in America. Wyoming has Yellowstone. California has Yosemite. Arizona has the Grand Canyon. Montana has Glacier National Park.
Idaho has Shoshone Falls:
If you are determined to move to the Northwest, Idaho is your best bet. If I were moving there, that’s where I would go. Idaho is a solid Red State. White Zionists will have a greater impact there than in Washington or Oregon.
Idaho has most of the advantages of Wyoming: low taxes, low crime, cheap land, decent schools, a fiscally responsible government, no Jews, few blacks, a small and more conservative population, good football, great neighbors, ready made Whitopias, federal land ownership grievances, and lots of great outdoor scenery to explore.
The unemployment rate is a bit higher. There are more Mormons, SWPLs, and Hispanics in Idaho than Wyoming. The business community has the upper hand in the Idaho GOP, but that could change in the next few years.
In some ways, Idaho is a better choice than Wyoming. The climate is better. It is easier to grow food. There is a better water supply. The state has a bigger population, more urban amenities, and a more diversified economy. It will be easier for many White Zionists to settle in Idaho than Wyoming.
Idaho and Wyoming are joined at the hip. Like Alabama and Georgia, it is the same people living across state lines. The similar ethnic makeup of both states, their complementary economies, conservative values, and shared philosophy of government all but ensures these two states will hang together in the long term.
We need to disabuse of ourselves of the notion that one state will secede. When South Carolina seceded from the Union in 1861, Mississippi and Alabama followed in lock step. Political gravity, kinship, economic interdependence, shared culture, and common enemies worked their magic to create the Confederacy.
If the federal government attacked Wyoming, what would the likely response be in Idaho, Montana, and the Dakotas? Probably not unlike that of Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Arkansas in the Civil War.
It only takes one state to spark a constitutional crisis. An amazingly small number of fanatics concentrated in Charleston and the South Carolina low country once blew up the Union through their clever use of disproportionate power, separate state action, and forcing moderates to choose sides. That lesson now seems lost on the White Nationalist movement.
A taste of how the battles lines would shake out can be seen in the response to Arizona’s audacity in challenging the federal government over immigration policy. Whereas Los Angeles launched a boycott of Arizona, the Tennessee state legislature made a point to pass a resolution congratulating the state for taking such a strong stand on border security.
A league of states is already defending Arizona in the federal courts. They include Michigan, Idaho, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia. In Covington’s fantasy world, all of America (and much of Europe) has been lost but the Pacific Northwest. That scenario is implausible: the interior states are older and Whiter than the coastal states.
It is much more likely that the “Reds” and “Blues” will part ways over their irreconcilable differences. The “Red” vs. “Blue” dynamic determines the political geography of every state in the Union. In Washington and Oregon, “Blues” in the Seattle and Portland metropolitan areas are sufficient to outnumber and dominate the “Reds” living east of the Cascades.
A “Red” vs. “Blue” split would pair Wyoming with Idaho and the smaller states like the Dakotas in the Interior West. Prying apart Wyoming and Idaho is like trying to separate Alabama and Georgia or Massachusetts and Connecticut. It is not going to happen.
Political tectonics are driving a wedge between Red America and Blue America. The fight for the survival of the White race in North America will be won or lost in the Heartland.