America is badly divided. The evidence for this sad state of affairs abounds.
For the record, I know a bit about countries in various degrees of separation. I was closely affiliated with the Brexit movement in the United Kingdom, which saw it leave the European Union.
I was on the team that helped bring down the Soviet Union. I advised various Eastern European governments in their reform and detachment from the Eastern bloc both before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I have—as an American diplomat and in the United Nations as Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe—helped many countries avoid economic collapse, civil strife, or bloody partition.
So, let’s honestly consider the present state of affairs in our own country.
Red states versus blue states. Democratic socialists against nationalist conservatives. Those in blue states want a different constitution, more left-wing states, the end to the Electoral College, the packing of the Supreme Court, defunding the police, and wokeism based on identity politics as the default ideology. They oppose American traditional values, religious pluralism, and generally feel shame about sharing a country with their fellow citizens in flyover country. They no longer want to have the America we know and love.
I say let them go; or let us go from them. Divide and avoid a coming clash. This is a risk-reward scenario and, while there are downsides, the upsides of a divorce outweigh all of the costs. This is not secession in the 19th century sense of the term—it is a mutually managed separation: a good outcome. There is little that is satisfying about it, but it may have become a necessity. In economics we call this the second-best option, ceteris paribus.