| Since the end of World War II in the
1940s, and with the installation of millions of air conditioning systems in
homes, office buildings and automobiles across the Sun Belt, more and more
people have moved into that area of the U.S.
From Virginia south to Florida, then west to Arizona and southern
California, and even into the Rocky Mountain States, there has been a
continuing shift in the population from the North to the South and West.
| The sections of the country that people
are moving to have traditionally been the most conservative. Some would call a great deal of this rural
area backwards, reactionary even.
People in these areas have always been averse to change, and hold to
the traditional ways of doing things.
This population shift has had an enormous impact on the character of
our national politics. As the
population of these conservative areas has grown, their membership in the
House of Representatives has grown, as well.
Meanwhile, the population of the more moderate-to-liberal North has
not grown as fast, resulting in a loss of House membership for those Northern
states. The result has been a
tremendous increase in the power of conservative forces in our national