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Here’s an idea I could get behind. In fact, I already did in a blog I wrote Aug. 3, 2020, titled “Let’s call a truce today to avoid war.”
As of January 2020, a new Rassmussen survey found a quarter of all Americans support the idea of splitting red and blue states into separate countries.
The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted Jan. 7 to 9 during the days immediately following protests taking place in Washington, D.C.
Our nation’s founders envisioned that people who have different viewpoints based on their heritage, faith and other demographics would likely live in close proximity to others who share their views and lifestyle. That’s why the founders gave all power to the states in the Constitution, except for those expressly granted to the federal government, like the ability to declare war and print money.
The founders rationalized that local governments were closer to its citizens and, therefore, able to pass laws and administrate policies that were more aligned with what citizens in those states valued most.
However, in the 21st century, the trend is to impose a single nationwide federal policy for nearly every issue. Any state that dares to depart from the federally-ordained policy risks being dragged into court and threatened with the removal of federal funding.
When I was growing up, a state could impose its own rules and people in Wisconsin would just shake their heads saying, “Well, that’s the way they choose to do.” Today, it seems whatever is imposed in California is often applied to people of all faiths, races, sexes, etc., in all 50 states.
If we could just go back to the original plan and give states the right to determine their own laws and policies, I suspect it would go a long way toward lowering the ideological temperature of the nation. But, without that, then I guess our only hope is to divide the states to prevent a war.