The basic case was made in the first installment of this series that it has become time to call a Constitutional Convention by the States and restructure the US in a fundamental way so that there will be two new nations with sovereignty over their own affairs. This is viewed as a logical and more peaceful means to a long-term resolution of the polarization of the US that is so painfully evident today. It is proffered that those divides cannot and will not be joined by mutually acceptable values and goals. The separate visions of the country torment us and increase hostility by the opposing sides. We do want to take pride in our nation. No doubt of that. Buy many abhor the nation that promotes Obamacare, wants an aggressive and growing EPA and a Labor Dept. bent on crushing management at ever turn. The Right has no trust in such a government. There is in fact a lack of loyalty to that kind of government; it is viewed as the enemy more than fellow citizens. The vehemence of the Left is just as strong. Look only to the recent “Occupy” movement. They worship government as long as they can control it and the wealth and assets of the nation. Let them have their sway as long as it is in their own backyard and not ours. The Left definitely believes they would be better off without the Right. They view the Right as a burden they have to overcome and an impediment to all their goals. We don’t have to be at constant war with each other. There is a better way.
Yes, we share some nostalgic moments of mutual beliefs like the anthem at the football games and the flyover. But as soon as we discuss the size, scope and role of the Federal government we part and have been parting for decades. As that famous philosopher Yogi Berra observed our similarities are different. Yes, making this peaceful division will be difficult but does anyone believe it will prove more difficult than reconciling our Left and Right under current circumstances and political structure? The Left disdains and belittles the Right as yokels and obstacles to their goal for “progressive” government control of an ever-expanding role for Federal government in all aspect of one’s life literally from cradle to grave as has been their announced intention since FDR. The Right rebels at the notion of greater Federal government intervention into local government decisions and personal decisions from health care to environmental concerns.
Each would be much happier without the other.
The new nations would divide along geographic lines that are mostly self-evident. Each would preserve the basic Constitution as written with only minor adjustments. For example, and example only, the Right portion of the new America would probably adopt a balance budget amendment of some sort. The Left would not want that. Good, each would finally achieve their desires. The three branches of government would remain in tact for each nation and so would the Bill of Rights. So would virtually all the other amendments in all likelihood. At least in the new Right America, the 14th amendment might be modified a bit to more clearly define citizenship or maybe not. That is what is nice about this new structure a chance for each side to set its own future course and agenda. Each side would have its own divisions within. Every supporter of the Left does not agree with all the Left agenda. Bernie Sanders might be a bit too far left for some in New York. They can work out their differences as they see fit without concern for the views of those of the Right in “fly over” country. Likewise there will be disagreements on the Right about various issues. Rand Paul wouldn’t concur with the views of a Mitch McConnell on all matters. That is ok. Each side would be working with those who are much more closely aligned with their over view of the US than having to deal with those from the other side. The current path leads to tragic civil disorder and certain economic collapse. That is not hyperbole. What else can result when the two sides don’t want to work with each other and don’t even share common goals.
The world will not come to an end when this is done. Each side is confident in its vision of the future and they will be free to pursue it. Each will have a Federal government and states unless the Left decides to just eliminate them which many would love to do now anyway. Each would have its own economic agenda and tax policy. The judiciaries would reflect the will of both Left and Right in their respective new nations. That alone will be an enormous relief to both sides. Each would have its own military force but strong mutual defense treaties in all likelihood. Trade and commerce could flow freely between the new borders which would benefit both. But make no mistake you would be a citizen of one or the other so than the votes and political wishes of each new nation would reflect the will of its people and no other. Yes, there are many questions that come to mind on these matters just stated and more. The above and others will be addressed in later postings in detail. Those issues and “problems” can be resolved. After all we started from scratch in the late 18th century with none of the vast advantages we currently enjoy. That worked out pretty well for over two centuries. Each of the new nations can have a bright future due to the more harmonious political environment. Not a perfect one but more closely matching the wishes of its populace. The bonds of union are tattered because there two distinct and conflicting views for future growth and political action and the proper role of Federal government. This is not a call to rebellion but a call for a legal method to recognize the wishes of the people of both Left and Right and allow each to live in peace without the interference or obstruction of the other.
Buchanan to Lincoln “…if you are as happy on entering the White House as I on leaving, you are a very happy man indeed.” http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com