Partisanship and Divisiveness are Not the Problem

Grievances between different factions in the US are profound.  Their goals do not align. Their ideas about how governance can achieve those goals are incompatible.

It’s become clear that keeping these factions under one president, one Supreme Court, and one government for the long term would require the kind of oppression that is only found in authoritarian states. This is true with or without a civil war. It will be true before and after a second civil war, unless one side is completely eliminated.

US society is divided by ideology (Right, Left, Libertarian, etc), ethnicity, culture, religion, lifestyle, urban/rural economies, traditional values/new morality, etc.

Calling for unity in the US isn’t working. It won’t work.

A statesmen acts in the present to shape the future for the common good.  Statesmen will work to move the conversation in a healthy direction.  We should be inspiring people to think in terms of a divide that is healthy and sustainable.  Most divisions in US society are not healthy because people from both sides of such a division have to share neighborhoods and employers.  

A division between red states and blue states can be sustained without violence if these states become separate countries. They would no longer compete for control of Washington DC.  People don’t have to share a neighborhood or an employer with people from other states.

We should stop calling for unity in the US.  Maybe even calling for unity within a state is a bit premature because after states secede, there will be people who voluntarily migrate in or out.  Also, border states should allow certain counties to split off to join a neighboring country that suits their values.

No matter what happens, this continent will not, in this century, have a state that is 100% of one ethnicity.  Even ideologically, most women lean Left and most men lean Right. Since most people want a mate, and 96% are heterosexual, even a red state must allow the presence of wives who lean Left.

A difficulty in getting along between California and Oklahoma is a territorial division that can be resolved by drawing a national border on the map. We can let them be in separate countries.

A difficulty in getting along between between ethnicities is something that can’t be completely resolved territorially by drawing borders. There are inter-ethnic marriages, multi-ethnic employers, multi-ethnic churches, and multi-ethnic communities.  

Territorial divisions are the only kind of division that can defuse the tension in this empire we call the US.

Let’s de-emphasize our complaints about “the Left” and let’s start complaining about “the blue states.”  Yes, it is less precise, but blue states are a group of people that we actually can be rid of.  Let’s start framing our problems and talking about our problems in a way that lends itself to a solution.  Blue states are a problem for the red states that can be solved.

Partisanship and divisiveness are not our problem.  Our problem is the kind of divisiveness that makes it hard for a community to remain functional.  Territorial divisiveness is the one kind of divisiveness that doesn’t do that.

It’s tempting to say that “we can’t live with the Left.”  But the elements of the Left that we can’t live with are exactly the individuals who would move out of state when a red state secedes.  Conservatives can easily outvote the Left in a true red state, so actually we can live with those who remain in the state after secession.  We discussed this more completely in an earlier essay here:

2 thoughts on “Partisanship and Divisiveness are Not the Problem

  1. Agree generally with map. However a bit too gerrymanderish in places. Particularly the alley from Savannah to Atlanta. Have a personal interest as do not want to end up on the wrong side of the fence as live just below Richmond Hill which is just below Savannah. These areas are extremely conservative and ready to fight–particularly as Ft STewart is in that corridor and many vets retire here. Don’t throw us over the fence.

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