Culturally speaking, there has always been a healthy competition between the Eastern and Western United States. The fast-paced, population-dense East versus the laid-back, sprawling West – each claiming superiority in a wide variety of subjects, lifestyles and snack foods.
Of course, there was once a very unhealthy competition in this country between the North and the South many years ago. But I think we all feel that silliness is behind us now.
The West has Hollywood and the East has Broadway. The East has four seasons – winter, spring, summer and fall. The West only has one – awesomeness. There was even that East Coast vs. West Coast rap feud – is that still a thing? Also, is rap still a thing?
There are also East vs. West issues of an international nature when you’re talking about the U.S. and its relationship with China. Despite its horrific social problems, China continues to grow in wealth and prosperity, and the U.S., which also has some pretty intense social issues, continues its downward spiral and gets further in debt – to China, by the way. If it keeps going like this, we’re going to start referring to Chinese food as just “food.”
It’s not really fair to compare the leaders of our country to theirs because it’s a totally different method of government. Can you imagine how effective and efficient our politicians would be if their lives actually depended on how well they did their jobs? Nowadays, if a politician loses his job, the worst-case scenario is he gets hired as a lobbyist for a six-figure salary to play golf with his replacement. In China, the worst-case scenario does not involve being hired, playing golf or continuing to live.
Anyway, there’s no real way to quantify which side of the country is “better” than the other. For every Westerner who loves his 72-degree weather, there’s an Easterner who loves his subways and doesn’t mind the occasional homeless man fondling himself. And for every Easterner who loves his mind-bogglingly delicious pizza, there’s a Westerner who has very severe gluten and lactose allergies.