As part of my job I monitor several 2nd Amendment websites and forums that range between bat shit insane and downright scholarly (sometimes in the same post!). The random anger and fear expressed by these groups is fascinating to me. Their posts are full of rage against a faceless government and bizarre conspiracy theories. But most of all, their messages are full of threat (explicit and implicit.) You can't turn around without hitting a "Tree of Liberty" reference.
One of those forums had a link to this article about Secession. Let's start with the easy stuff. Secession is never going to happen. Sorry to disappoint Rick Perry. It's just infeasible in today's world.
The article simplistically suggests that Red & Blue America can no longer survive together. The author suggests that conservative Democrats have "become nearly non-existent" Hmm, so why isn't abortion covered in the Healthcare bill again? He also gives us a subtle hint of his bias by describing how Bush II "won the presidency in 2000 on a record of bipartisanship.." but Obama "disingenuously campaigned as a moderate promising a 'post-partisan' administration."
The weirdest part of the article are his attempts to suggest that the left is just as active in the secessionist idea as the right. He equates liberals joking suggestion of forming a new Canada after Bush's election with the current conservative froth. Not at all the same. In fact, I would argue that even when the left was at it's lowest (Bush v. Gore for instance) there was nowhere near the open suggestion of violence and rage towards the government.
Is it just because liberals are peace loving gay granola eaters, while conservatives are he-man red blooded gun toting psychopaths (with all due apologies to Ms. Smith)? Well, if I look at things as simply as the author of that article, I guess so.
The fact is that republicans and democrats live and work together each day. To suggest that our society is so stratified that it cannot move forward together is insane.
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