Election 2012 – Ohio and Virginia Core Values Rule

Here’s an alternative theory on why Ohio and Virginia were so important to the 2012 presidential election. Core values rule – but they are played out differently in each generation. Central Ohio in the 1950s was a heavy contributor to a “Red State” positioning, while Virginia was historically deeply committed to preserving a different past. Both states today, where Vernon Johnson lived and expressed his core values, are now harbingers of the future — places where waves of change or pockets of more modern thinking can stand side by side what’s been historically valued — and create something new. This is the new America, and what Vernon Johnson knew all along was that family and hometown are values that fundamentally connect us in perpetuity. Those of us who have moved away from our hometowns still hold these values dear – and are forever linked – from Florida to Arizona, California, New York and North Carolina — because they anchor us and the way we have influenced the next generations.

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Writer, consultant and author of The Artist's Eye: Vernon P. Johnson's Watercolors of 1950s Small Town America
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