I’m not for secession … yet … but I get closer every day.
At first, I thought, oh, no. That would end the greatest national experiment in human history.
But, in essence, we already live in two countries—the United States of America and the United States of Woke. What’s the point in not making it formal?
If New York and California want to stay in various forms of lockdown forever, assuring that their populaces remain under government control with all activities monitored by their governors and legislatures, not to mention myriad unelected officials issuing diktats on who knows what, have at it.
If they want to exist without national borders in a country where anyone, of any age, illegal immigrants, felons, rapists, and drug and human traffickers can enter, vote, and avail themselves of all the free services their taxpayers provide—a pox on those gullible idiots who stood in line legally—they should be able to do that. Personally, I’ve always wanted to vote in France. (I even speak reasonable French. Better than John Kerry anyway.)
If they want to ban every book, or even burn them, from Dr. Seuss to Dr. Ruth to Fyodor Dostoevsky, it should be their privilege. (They might want to pay special attention to Fyodor’s “The Possessed.” It’s about the “woke” of his time, and it’s not complimentary.) Ray Bradbury’s dead. He won’t know.
And they should be able to cancel anybody they want … from the social media, mass media, sports, the arts, the universities, government, the sciences … even your plumber and electrician. (The blue staters wouldn’t be that stupid, would they?) All corporations should be politically correct. No Coca-Cola without signing a diversity pledge in blood. Big Tech über alles (it already is).
As they say, it’s a free country (not). If that’s what they wish, they should have it—on their side of the line. The Bill of Rights … phtooey! It’s so 18th century. Cancel anyone … as long they’re able to leave the country. IT would be mean to make the canceled stay there. Even the Soviets finally did that. And our blues should want them to go anyway. (We’ll take them.)
And if they want to enact a multitrillion-dollar boondoggle and pay-off to the teachers’ unions that keep kids out of school, bankrolling every squandered pension plan while pretending it’s all COVID relief (yeah, right), they should go at it, as long as it stays within their borders.
The same goes for this proto-fascistic legislation guaranteeing a one-party state known as H.R. 1 they are flogging now under the eye-rolling moniker of the For the People Act of 2021. If the blue-staters want mandatory mail-in voting for all, even if their bible, The New York Times, only a few years ago deemed such voting possibly the most vulnerable to corruption of all electoral systems, why not?
They should go for that, too. Ballot-harvesting is a great way to make some spare cash. And you can do it at night. In fact, that’s generally the best time to do it. So it’s all jake with us, mail-in-voting and the rest of the H.R. 1 totalitarian garbage, but keep it on your side only, please.
Changing women’s sports forever by allowing transgendered women (6-foot-10 men) to play forward on the Wellesley women’s basketball team is also fine, as long as they stick within their national borders. Ruin women’s sports all you want. Just don’t tell Serena. But no international competition allowed, certainly not on our side of the line.
And speaking of the sexes, the blues can have as many as they wish, all with their own bathrooms (labeled or not). As is well-known, we in the red states are educationally retarded and as yet can only count as high as two pairs when it comes to chromosomes (XX and XY). Let us know when you can find more.
As you can see, potentially, there is a lot of agreement here if the red and blue states decide to split up. People, in general, will be happier on one side or the other.
More importantly, a collegial separation would avoid a civil war in which millions could die. Nobody wants that. (I hope.)
Of course, there will be difficulties as well. Many red people live in blue states and vice versa. But this could be sorted out, again collegially, with trades. Transportation over long distances between physically disconnected states could even be solved. (Elon Musk has some good ideas for underground shuttles.)
But when it comes to governorships, I think we reds will stick with the status quo. The blues can have Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom. We’ll keep Ron DeSantis and Kristi Noem.
On the lighter side, vacations could be an issue. For a while, the hostility level may be too high for mutual visitations. Speaking for myself, I can live without Martha’s Vineyard in the short run. I’ll opt for Singapore, where I’m told the street food is terrific. (Didn’t you see “Crazy Rich Asians”?)
After a bit, however, things will iron out. They always do. After all, the Israelis are now visiting Abu Dhabi in droves. Why wouldn’t Floridians want to visit New Jersey? (Er … scratch that.)
The most perilous issues would be foreign policy and defense. The blue staters are likely to do crazy stuff that would endanger us all—like rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, which essentially hands atomic weapons to the mullahs, or, worse, allowing themselves to be bribed and manipulated by the Chinese communists in ways that would turn the world over to them. (That’s what the election was about, really.)
And given how Barack Obama infiltrated the military over eight years with personnel of his viewpoint at or near at the highest levels, a large portion of our fighting force, despite Donald Trump’s efforts to curtail and correct this, might as well be social justice warriors whose idea of national defense would be disrupting controversial speakers at Berkeley. This isn’t easily divided up.
So maybe the two-state solution—here and probably in the Middle East as well—isn’t so hot. Maybe the red states, even with its heavily armed citizenry, wouldn’t have much of a national defense outside their own territory, a prescription for global disaster since the blue states, by themselves, can’t be trusted to be vigilant against communism, particularly the Chinese Communist Party.
Too bad. It looked good for a bit. But solving our current American dilemma isn’t so simple as formally dividing our already divided country.
What to do? The real fight is just beginning. Republican state legislatures and governorships must take the lead as never before. Some of them seem prepared. Others not. All of us must put pressure on them constantly to resist the ways of our increasingly left-leaning and morally confused federal government.
We must do this as never before in our lives. There’s no other choice.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on Parler as @rogerlsimon.
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.