You bet I do. I believe the Red States under Republican political preference has disrespect for government and sees authority as predatory.
Is religion a part of it? Doesn't have to be. In the case of the African American Communities, religion is a structure by which solace and community are organized.
In the case of the Impoverished Caucasian Culture, religion is intricately woven into the political mainstream. It is a 'political tool' to justify the hate they exude while attending to a God that is merciful and understands their superiority.
Do I think there is a link to the death of police officers in Red States and the disrespect they have for authority, you betcha.
Do I believe this should be noted by Homeland Security? I think it already has.
What is the issue with the Great Lakes? Commerce and shipping. I believe, and I could be wrong, many of the police deaths are linked to dangerous 'dock' conditions and 'remote' areas of each of the states involved. There are also large commerce centers along the way as well.
Arizona and the southern border with Mexico doesn't really contribute to the lousy culture that exists there any more than any of the other bordering states.
The political culture of the Republicans has destroyed the 'heart' of the people of their states as they don't even entertain the 'thought' of peace, yet alone say it. They have demonized Democratic political preference. The Republicans are imbalanced in their value systems and it shows in the issues of the citizens of their districts.
The reason Conservatives are so intensely politically minded is because they feed on corruption and they are desperate for a chance to sway power in their direction. As a result the Democrats have found it necessary to focus on politics as a 'form of defense' to their country to support any chance to live within their values or be plundered into non-existence and impoverishment. There are entries on this blog to support all these statements.
Do I think Republicans can be rehabilitated into a 'new face' for the political venues of the USA?
There is bigotry, hate and violence driving the political culture these days, rather than differences and debate. The USA has issues. Those issues exist because of the draconian media culture that supports the bigotry, hate and violence.