Gridlock; government paralysis; an entrenched obstructionist political party; a divided Nation: we have faced all of this before. The last time, over one hundred and fifty years ago, the solution was a bloody Civil War. America won that war, but because of his misguided compassion, President Lincoln didn't let his generals, Grant and Sherman, and their mighty, freed-slave reinforced forces finish the job. President Obama's sentimental fantasy notwithstanding, these are not the United States of America today. Our country is really two irreconcilable tribes, sharing the same geographic region of North America but little else. Fortunately, these tribes are mostly contained within contagious States. Look at any recent Presidential Election night map, and you will see that the Old Confederacy is still quite alive. There is a viable solution to the current sorry state of affairs: let each State vote to stay in or secede from the United States.
We have to stop this madness, and we can. President Obama should propose to the Congress that we hold a National Plebiscite during the first Presidential Election after the legislation's passage. Any State whose citizens vote, by a two-thirds majority, to secede from the Union, may do so. Much of the Old Confederacy and perhaps a handful of Midwestern and Western States surely will secede.
The States that secede will have twelve months to settle up with the Federal Government--that is, close all military bases and transfer all military and other Federal assets, pay any debts or negotiate a payment schedule, and assist citizens fleeing their jurisdiction. Military personnel can sign a loyalty oath and relocate with the material assets, or resign from the US Military. (We can let their National Guard Units keep their small arms, and even a few tanks, trucks, helicopters, and fighter jet aircraft. Of course, no bombers, nukes, or missiles stay in any former Red State.) These former States can join together, if they choose; maybe name their new nation Jesus Land, the Christian Theocracy they yearn for.
The period before the vote and twelve months after it will let intelligent, educated, enlightened citizens now inexplicable living in Red States flee those States and join us. The Red State sympathizers among us can use the same time to remove themselves from our midst and relocate to a Red State of their liking. Enlightened Corporations, or ones simply dependent on science and an educated population of workers, can use the same period to relocate to one of our Blue States where they will be welcomed.
We can negotiate trade agreements with Jesus Land as we do with other nations. We can even have a Guest Worker Program and relatively open borders like we now have with Canada. As Fundamentalist Christian Jesus Land descends into Third World chaos and the pluralistic, humanistic, diverse, agnostic and liberal United States of America thrives, border former States can petition to rejoin The Union. Once they vote by two-thirds majority, they will be welcomed back. We will not help Jesus Land as it withers and dies. We will watch, some of us gleefully. When Jesus does not save them, they will at least die knowing they were wrong about everything they thought they knew with certainty about life, values, race, and God's will.
This would be change we really could believe in. This one simple action would lead to a more perfect Union, end the Culture Wars, and let like-minded Red State citizens fulfill their dreams of a nation guided by a book written two millennia ago, instead of reason; a nation where ignorance, hate and intolerance can find full expression without accommodation to reality or the modern world. And it would let the rest of us move forward"