For over a decade, I have had a Texas Flag sticker on my vehicle… with the word “Secede” clearly printed across its face. I remember that when I bought the sticker, I ordered two dozen. I wanted to give a few away and keep a few for when it faded. Within a few days I had given then all away to friends, family and co-works and had promised to order more. I’m not alone…
This statement may lead some to believe that I hate my country; that I lack patriotism. Nothing could be further from the truth. But one still has to ask; is this really what I want? Secession and thus the breakup of the greatest nation that ever was, or ever will be on this earth.
The complicated answer is No… and then… Yes.
If given a wish, is secession what I'd wish for? The short answer is No. I would wish for the healing of these United States of America and for us to turn away from the path we're on. A path of big government, big deep state bureaucracies, socialism, moral decay, and the degradation of individual rights, responsibility, and liberty. I would have us turn away from the world and again be that shining city on a hill.
Not in the Cards
Unfortunately, this can’t happen with the state we find California and the North-East in. We're even very close to the point of no return in the rest of the country. If the Republic is to be saved those who hold it in disdain must be jettisoned from it.
What I am describing is irreconcilable differences between the left and the right and between regions of the nation. We’ve grown apart to the point that we no longer even hope to change the other side. Now we seek to hurt each other for the hell of it; blaming each other for the mess we find ourselves in. It’s an abusive relationship than can’t be mended.
So, given the circumstances (and lack of wishes), I'm forced to instead look for plausible (though still highly unlikely). From the perspective of the right, I want solutions to save the ideals the founding fathers gave us. In essence, we can only hope to save the Republic by breaking apart the dyeing shell that remains around her.
I know this sounds harsh, with scorn for the left, but the same argument can be (and often is) flipped.
Case in point… Unfortunately, healing the nation can’t happen with the state we find Texas, the South, and much of the Mid-West. They cling to the dead doctrines and bigotry of old, dead, white, men. They refuse to be woke to the progress and possibilities of an enlightened age. They are on the wrong side of history. If progress is to be realized those who hold it in disdain must be jettisoned.
What I’m Calling For
Am I calling for another civil war and armed conflict to settle the issue? No. I’m calling for a dialogue to explore the options; to explore what is in the best interest of each state (as they see it). You might say I’m looking for an amicable divorce. Various parties simply agreeing that we have irreconcilable differences, wishing each other the best of luck (whether we mean it or not)… and parting ways.
Maybe… after some time apart, we can find it within us to be friends or at least amicable. :) We’ve made peace and built bonds with our overbearing guardian (England) and our most bitter enemy (Japan); surely, we can eventually do it with our backwards roommates, cousins… whatever the bond.
OK… so I want to break apart the Union. That could take several forms. Do we just allow each state to decide for themselves? Do we come up with a plan to break into three or four cultural countries that already exists within the boundaries we call the United States? I say put all options on the table and see what we’ve got. Step 1… start a dialogue with debates and state level referendums.
The Dialogue – Why the Left Should Support This:
- You can implement that expanded social agenda you’ve always wanted. Be as European as you like.
- You can cut the military to your hearts content (in fact, we’ll take it off your hands).
- Open your borders as wide as you want. Tear those fences down!
- Allow anyone you want to vote in your elections. No validation of any kind. Vote twice if your not sure how you identify.
- Guns? Disarm the whole populace. No 2nd Amendment in your Constitution. Pass out whistles.
- Drugs? Completely legalize any and everything you like.
- Israel? No more money for those $%&$%#!
- United Nations! You’d be popular there again.
- Climate Change Agreements! You’re all in and then some. Fossil fuels? Gone!
- No more 5-4 spit with your Supreme Court… you can start fresh with a 9-0 majority
- You think you’re paying all the taxes and not getting back what you put in… no more backwards states leeching off you.
Look how close you are to achieving all of what you’ve been working for. All you have to do is let go of fly-over country. Just take that next step.
The Dialogue – Why the Right Should Support This:
- Guys… let’s face it; we’ve lost the culture war. When a society is debating if a guy is a gal because he feels like one, it’s over. There’s no coming back from that. We’ve got to do this for our posterity.
- We can return to the founding principles of the founding fathers, as if the Republic were reborn from the ashes… like a phoenix.
- We say we’re serious about the free market, now is our chance to prove it. Government can ensure fair and equal competition instead of picking the winners and losers.
- What better way to rid ourselves of the deep state than to completely divorce from it? Let those who love it and embrace it have it. We’ll start from scratch.
- We say we’re serious about no deficit spending, now is our chance to prove it. Our kids deserve better than enslavement through massive debt. We can start with a balanced budget amendment, day one.
- The United Nations? Send a representative who will literally stand on his desk and piss on them. :) Then we can respectfully tell that country club of tyrants and socialists to kiss our @#$$.
- No more race pimping. Affirmative action, racial quotas, white privilege… all that crap is tossed in the trash.
- We can reform our schools and universities. No more indoctrination or union abuse. We can introduce market competition to ensure quality.
- Our borders can be controlled by whatever means we see fit. Walls, fences, drones, men? We catch ‘em… we release them… on the side of the border they came from.
- Our immigration policy can promote merit and contribution. The lottery is gone. Subversion of society through immigration policy is gone.
- Hopefully it’s not too late and we can return to a little social and moral rationality and objectivity.
None of the benefits and arguments on either side of the dialogue is complete. These points are simply meant to give an understanding of what is possible if we separate but will remain impossible if we stay together.
I, for one, give up. What we have is not fixable. It’s time we all admit it and do what is best for the children. A generation of two down the road, we’ll see who was right… if either of us was.