Well… I put in a pit thread talking about dividing the country up into two seperate pieces. But now I read about a better idea.
here’s the link:
Now, I don’t necessarily see this as a way to get political power, but I think that it would be a good idea in general for us to be able to live in a country.
Basically, to me, it has become apparent that we liberals are outnumbered in the US. There’s no way we are going to get our way through too much political action. But I am not from a Blue state, but I’ll more to one and take sides if this happens.
The Democrats should simply give up any effort to push their agenda on the federal level and go to a specific “State’s rights” policiy with low taxes and a heavily reduced Federal government.
My dear republicans. I don’t hate you, but it becomes painfully apparent that we are not getting along well. I suggest we have a higher degree of independence within the USA. I mean do you really care that gay marriage occurs in California if it is outlawed in Alabama? I know I sure as hell wouldn’t care what they did in the red states. So why don’t we just agree to live and let live and see who benefits in the end. What do we need to be the same nation for in the first place? Defense and economic reasons, I imagine. That’s the only ones that I can fathom. Do you really care if a person takes someones guns away in Rhode Island if you can have assault weapons in Mississippi? This whole govern from the center thing has worked pretty well for a while, but since winner-take-all politics has happend with GWB and it has us torn apart.
Why did we want Kerry to win? So we can feel the good effects of his policies on our lives. Why did the Republicans want Bush to win? I don’t think it was so the people in New York would become more conservative and be forced to live more conservatively. You are concerned about its effect on you.
We will probably never split up as a nation, but we should realize that we are so politicized, and if George Bush doesn’t do something to unite us, and if he continues on his current policies then we will need to take drastic steps.
Here’s how I propose it to happen, and I don’t know if these things are legal in the constitution, however.
First the democrats need to push a “state’s rights” platform on the national level.
Push a tax-cut platform that also includes the requirement of any kind of transfer payment of any kind. No more pork to the big companies. Welfare of the people will be take care of by the states.
Smaller democratic states could merge to form larger ones. Sure, this would probably cost us political power in the Senate, but who cares? We will be getting a lot more votes on the national level if we only have the policy of destroying the federal government. Obviously there would need to be security that would have to get paid for. But… don’t you think that people would would require lower taxes when they saw directly how much the military costs? It would probably lower the military budget and the bureaucracy when one see exactly what it takes to keep it running.
Nationally democrats will push state’s rights, and on the state level there can be the typical social-welfare systems that will be much more effective due to smaller size and the added benefit of having more control. I tend to think that the bigger the state is the worse the system of social welfare is. Look at the larger European states like Germany. That doesn’t work so well, but the Scandinavian countries have had success. We could leave guns, gay-marriage, almost any policy that we want a state-controlled matter.
Perhaps we are moving in this direction anyway with the blue states allowing gay marriage and the red states banning it.
So why don’t we realize that there are some things that we need to be united on and some things that we can leave to the others. It is a great idea, I think and it really addresses a lot of the problems that we have. Honesly, Republicans, imagine if Kerry had won? How would you have felt? It would be horrible, wouldn’t it? There are some things that we need to be united on, and others that we should quit trying to control nationally. Republicans should stop trying to push a lot of their agenda on us, just because its somethign that they want for themselves. Democrats can stop trying to take the red-state guns.
What about the minorities, you may ask. I mean political miorities. What about the Republicans in NY, MA, and wherever else? Well, they can either move or try to affect the state through their own local governments. By keeping the source of power closer to the people it becomes much more efficient.
What would be the point of a President then? Hopefully it would be much less important. National security would be important. That’s what I’d like to see now, because I am convinced that our differences are just too great to continue on in this way, especially if GWB’s next term is anything like his first.
But this would be a good idea for democrats, I think to get power back. Completely change the national party platform. What republican is going to object to cutting taxes and welfare reform? I can imagine it now… We NEED the government to be big. We need corprate welfare. Ha! The welfare of the people should be up to the state that they are in, so blue states can quit subsidizing the red-states whose only thanks is to get them into wars they don’t like and give out their tax money in the form of corporate welfare. The Republicans couldn’t actually make a case that blue states are obligated to paying the red states, now could they?
What is the end goal? I don’t know. Maybe the red states will realize where the real power of America lies. If that is in the blue states, then maybe they’ll be a little more respectful of our needs. Maybe the red states won’t need us? Fine, great! Maybe we could move towards more independence. Sure it will suck for the liberals in Mississippi (me) and the conservatives in MA, but I’m willing to relocate. I’m willing to pay higher taxes
What about things like the FCC? That’s a tough one. Blue-states would probably rather have less stringent policies reguarding content, and red-states more stringent. Maybe we could find a comprimise somewhere there that would allow each state to have more power over federal matters like that.
I know there has to be some libertarians that like this idea as well, right? But mainly I like it because it is very decietful I mean if the democrats could manage to be united on this front, then we could really throw the Republicans for a loop!