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America Needs a Divorce
By Donna
May 5, 2022 10:33 am
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I've been saying for years that the US should be split into two nations. Each state could have an election where the people would decide which nation they want their state to be part of.

The two nations wouldn't be contiguous. For instance, one nation would be comprised of Hawaii, the west coast states, New England states, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico. Swing states like Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia and others would decide via state elections. The rest of the states would comprise the other nation.

I think we need to face up to the fact that the USA isn't working in its current form, and that it's going to get progressively worse. The two Americas just don't see eye-to-eye and they never will.

So let's shake hands and part ways. We're spending so much valuable time and energy fighting instead of engaging in productive things. It would give us an opportunity on the Left to enact laws that have thus far been impossible to enact, like nationwide instant runoff voting, Medicare for all, abolishing the electoral college, forbidding corporations and wealthy individuals from buying elections and Congress, installing a parliamentary form of democracy, and many other things most of us on the Left have been wanting for many decades. And of course the Right would be free to create the nation they've been wanting.

It's a win-win.

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  1. by HatetheSwamp on May 5, 2022 10:52 am

    I think we need to face up to the fact that the USA isn't working in its current form, and that it's going to get progressively worse. The two Americas just don't see eye-to-eye and they never will.

    The USA is working perfectly well.

    It appears that your side is about to come out on the short end of a Court decision. The likelihood is that you won't be able to advance your agendas through judicial foisting, probably for at least much of the rest of your lifetime.

    So, you want to take your ball and go home.

    When Lincoln spoke the words, "of the people, by the people and for the people," about a half million of our people had already died in a struggle to preserve our Union.

    Republic and democracy are difficult. But, they provide a letter life than any alternative. If life here is too much for you, perhaps you should leave to leave the rest of us to muddle through.


  2. by Donna on May 5, 2022 10:57 am
    Okay, so I have one "nay" vote.


  3. by Donna on May 5, 2022 11:05 am
    "It appears that your side is about to come out on the short end of a Court decision. The likelihood is that you won't be able to advance your agendas through judicial foisting, probably for at least much of the rest of your lifetime."

    Unlike you, I want both sides to win, which is only possible via my proposal.


  4. by Donna on May 5, 2022 11:14 am
    My proposition is not a new one, and it has support by a majority of Americans, particularly Trump voters.

    "The situation in America is such that I would favor [Blue/Red] states seceding from the union to form their own separate country."

    Somewhat agree/strongly agree

    Trump voters: 52%/25%
    Biden voters: 41%/18%

    centerforpolitics.org


  5. by Curt_Anderson on May 5, 2022 12:26 pm
    How about we declare that Texas, the two Dakotas and maybe a couple of other red states are henceforth territories (like Puerto Rico)? That way they don't mess up the electoral college and they don't get Senators and House members.


  6. by Donna on May 5, 2022 3:49 pm
    A clean split like I propose would be better. In fact it has more support among Trump supporters than Biden supporters.

    The truth is that a conservative confederation would collapse without the help of blue states.


  7. by Curt_Anderson on May 5, 2022 4:15 pm
    Donna,
    We both know that a divorce or my idea won't happen.

    What is feasible if we can ever get a solid majority of Democrat-brand Democrats is to make Puerto Rico and Washington DC states.


  8. by Donna on May 6, 2022 7:07 am
    I know our suggestions won't happen. I'm quite used to wanting things to happen that don't have a chance of happening.

    PR statehouse would require 60 votes in the Senate. That ain't gonna happen either.



  9. by Donna on May 6, 2022 7:07 am
    I meant statehood.


  10. by HatetheSwamp on May 6, 2022 7:41 am

    Donna,

    You should check out polling of Hispanics. I'm sure this ain't coming up on the HuffPo, but since the Flatulent Fool was foisted on us, Hispanics are becoming GOP in droves...or, at least, favoring GOPs. Certainly, there's still a Dem majority but it's shrinking and, give it a few yeats...


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