The Great Divorce: Divided We Stand

The Balkanized States of America Pt1: 'A Myth For The Ages ...

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.

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tom finley
tom finley
12 days ago

Let us begin our separation from the communist states of america.

Thomas Angle
Thomas Angle
11 days ago

Anyone that thinks we can just walk away is a fool. It will take a bloodletting for us to gain back what we threw away. Lets quit with the false hopes and fairy tales and face reality. That is the only way we will change anything.

Truth in Tension
Truth in Tension
8 days ago
Reply to  Thomas Angle

With all respect, I believe you are trying to save or change something that no longer exist. The federal government cannot be changed. It is a Leviathan that has centralized all power and wealth, and it does not operate with any moral premise.
My question to you is; how would you bring about favorable change to the Leviathan?
Who is John Galt?

tangle
tangle
8 days ago

I am under no false assumptions. It will take blood to be free.

Matt
Matt
11 days ago

While I like the idea of separating, and I do think it’s one of the few ways to avoid serious violent conflict, I’ll take a pass on that authors suggestion of what the “red” states keep. The NSA and CIA for example, need to just go away after the deep state goons pay for their crimes. Likewise, he simply wants to keep all the bullshit and baggage we have today and let the communists go create their utopia. Sorry, but the status quo is not what I want and is not worth saving.

Malachi
Malachi
11 days ago

Nice idea, but … Socialist and Communists are parasites. They will never allow the host to be rid of them. On the other side, our people conquered a wild continent and built a first world civilization here. Why would we allow the Left to steal it from us? I recently suggested we give Florida to the blacks since they are a tropical race and most of the illegal Haitians are being settled there. The feed back I got was not no, but hell no. Why give up those nice beaches? No … there will be blood. One side will win and one side will lose. Let’s make sure we win.

Rick
Rick
10 days ago

To all who think splitting the country into at least two separate states you are being short-sighted. It will not be as if you are in a public gathering and are able to walk away from others you care to avoid or not associate with. Not one of you who are for the idea of separation has bothered to address -- let alone answer sufficiently -- how you would prevent those undesirable people to leave you alone.
There are a multitude of questions that must be answered. I won’t go into them all but here just two; Tell me the wisdom of becoming smaller (a division of the country) will ensure the strength of this new subdivision? How will you guarantee the longevity (or prosperity, defense, tranquility or a host of other necessary conditions) of your new country against international forces?
And why should I or any other American cede lands and wealth to those who wish to reduce or destroy America? It sickens me to think there are ‘patriots’ who seem so quick to give away what is ours in the hope that they will finally be left alone. To illustrate this point, visualize Larry Corriea’s cake. How in tarnation can you think to give away what is rightfully ours will in any way secure the desired outcome?

Truth in Tension
Truth in Tension
8 days ago
Reply to  Rick

How does Switzerland ensure its longevity (or prosperity, defense, tranquility or a host of other necessary conditions) against international forces?
Switzerland has been in existence of over 700 years. It is very small, and it has never been conquered. Most importantly it is not an empire. It does have a high standard of living and an economy that is not based on warfare / welfare. 
Who is John Galt?

Last edited 8 days ago by Truth in Tension