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Can America Survive, Intact?

A correspondent asks this of Rod Dreher, asking if it would not be better for the country to divide into two or three smaller nations and each say goodbye forever to the others.

Dreher says the country can't survive, but it also can't split, because there are no easy lines of geographical division, so we're in for some violent, bad times ahead.

I never get this objection that there are no "easy" ways to divide the country. Of course there are. Hold a county-by-county referendum about which of the American successor states the people would like to affiliate with. Add in some rules about "islands" -- whether they'll be permitted, or if the new states will have to be contiguous, or if land will be conceded to another state to connect the "island" to the state it wants to belong to.

These things can be worked out. One of the weirdest things I hear people object to is the thought they'd have to move if the country divided.

Oh? You'll have to move? You mean, like you have to do when you're offered a better job than the one you have now? You mean you'll have to move like Americans used to do all the time -- sometimes even braving the Donner Pass?

If it's not important enough to move, then, like a job which is somewhat enticing but not so much better than your current one you decide not to move, then don't move. If you're like "Eh, I guess I'd rather live in the blue America but I guess it doesn't matter too much," then you don't really care either way, and you can just sit tight without kvetching about all the moving other people will have to do.

My belief on this is that if it is worth it to move to another state for a $10-15,000 salary increase, then it's worth it to have your own political destiny placed more securely in your own hands. If you're wigged out by the idea that you'll have to house-hunt and pack up a U-haul, well, what can I say -- stay in Blue America, son. Seems about your speed.

Another bizarre objection I've heard -- seriously -- is that no one will agree to this because people like "Blue America's" TV shows too much.

Um, we see tv shows from the BBC and even Canada. Do you really think that Hollywood won't allow its tv shows and movies to be broadcast in the Read American States? They put their stuff anywhere on the globe where there's a demand.

And, again, if the chance that your favorite Premium Cable TV Show won't be available on HBO Red, then what can I say? Stay in Blue America -- obviously, TV is most important to you, and you've found your true home.

Same thing with trade. The US and England almost immediately began trading with each other after two major wars. I think Blue America will have need of Red America's food, and I guess Red America will need Blue America's... FaceBook and iPhones, I guess.

So we'll -- get this -- just trade in services and goods, as we do now.


Another objection people have is that a Red America, without the (ahem) moderating influence of the intolerant, totalitarian fascist Blue America SJWs, would become too "extreme" and they wouldn't like to live under such a regime.

1, fine, stay in the Blue America, and 2, from what I've seen of the GOP, they are pretty damn liberal and I imagine many of their supporters are actually pretty liberal. So yeah, I expect a more conservative Red America, but not an extreme one.

As I've said before: I want out. I want done. I do not wish to live among these people any longer, and from their daily purges and witch-hunts, it's pretty clear to me they feel the same.

Unless they can coerce me into bending the knee-- which will not happen.

The idea that we can keep the country together just by forcing the Deplorables to be re-educated... well, that way lies tremendous bloodshed.

I don't expect this country to survive the increasingly violent divisions, and I believe a good divorce is much better than bitter, violent marriage.

I think it's time to start proposing this seriously.

Posted by: Ace at 06:28 PM




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1 Maybe not if you believe there is a second civil war

Posted by: Skip at August 11, 2017 06:29 PM (pPKG5)

2 I'll get the corgis

Posted by: Skip at August 11, 2017 06:29 PM (pPKG5)

3 Let the States secede.

"One nation, divisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 11, 2017 06:30 PM (5VlCp)

4 I think these things will take care of themselves when the world wide debt bubble pops.

And no, it won't be pretty. In fact, it will probably downright scary.

Posted by: blake at August 11, 2017 06:31 PM (qC1Sy)

5 Problem is, leftist jerks would stay in the conservative states simply to agitate, knowing they can flee at any point in the future.

It is the advantage leftist/communist DNA has over conservative and freedom oriented folk.

Posted by: Nick in Tallahassee at August 11, 2017 06:32 PM (a7FXx)

6 Leftism is imperialistic. And they are determined to be the Borg. Getting out of the grasp of the left could be a challenge.

Posted by: Northernlurker, who sometimes skulks and is now jobless and bored, so very bored at August 11, 2017 06:32 PM (hJrjt)

7 Problem with deviding is the Leftist hard states ( California, New York, Massachusetts ) could easily be separated but the purple states are hard as population is split so how do they go?

Posted by: Skip at August 11, 2017 06:32 PM (pPKG5)

8 Top ten again.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:32 PM (Jcg9Q)

9 We can survive only by killing the so-called "progressive" movement, which we're just beginning to do.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at August 11, 2017 06:33 PM (bIwZ6)

10 We won. They can leave to a country that supports their causes like Mexico or Guatemala.

Posted by: The Question at August 11, 2017 06:33 PM (7wyDO)

11 I think we can stay a republic and increase sates right somehow. Some kind of referendum that does not allow unelected judges to impose Tranny Bathrooms on states that don't want to participate in cultural suicide. A one time opt out to create special Judicial Exception Zones for some states.

Posted by: Max Power at August 11, 2017 06:34 PM (q177U)

12 I vote to go where the Facebook Fags aren't.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 06:34 PM (XFue2)

13 If Skip sails Guam over here they would have to be part of CA, because it won't fit through the Panama Canal

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 06:34 PM (2WITp)

14 It will not happen but CaliExit would actually help the rest of the country, Leftism is a cancer

Posted by: Skip at August 11, 2017 06:34 PM (pPKG5)

15 This is all fantasy. Grow up and deal with things like an adult.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at August 11, 2017 06:34 PM (7h4Fr)

16 I just want to be in a state where people know what they're talking about when it comes to Aerosmith.

Posted by: Robert is gonna be indignant about that all day at August 11, 2017 06:35 PM (mknWS)

17 The truckers could stop making deliveries into the Marxist controlled Urban areas.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 06:35 PM (XFue2)

18 We can survive only by killing the so-called "progressive" movement

Yes ... the movement .. um ... quite.

*shifty eyes*

Posted by: Grump928(C) at August 11, 2017 06:35 PM (LTHVh)

19 I think you'd have to do it at the state level. I can easily imagine an association of free southeastern states from Ga to Tx.

Posted by: Farmer Bob at August 11, 2017 06:36 PM (sqpGi)

20 If the dems would really be left to their own devices, we'd see horrible, Venezuela-like conditions in their zones in 3-2-1.

Would the conservative zones need Berlin Wall-type barriers to keep the lefties out when their zones go bottoms-up?

I wouldn't want those vermin contaminating the conservative zones, thank you very much.

Posted by: RondinellaMamma at August 11, 2017 06:36 PM (oQQwD)

21 "These things can be worked out. One of the weirdest things I hear people object to is the thought they'd have to move if the country divided."

It can't be worked out because the Prog scum want to rule us, and destroy us. They will accept nothing less.

"I don't expect this country to survive the increasingly violent divisions, and I believe a good divorce is much better than bitter, violent marriage.

I think it's time to start proposing this seriously."

This cannot be discussed honestly here without a discussion of violence, which is generally not allowed here.

The Left will not go away quietly, and there's only one way to dispose of them.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:36 PM (Jcg9Q)

22 The western Washington and Oregon militias are hidden in plain sight as sedated Bluestaters, armed and ready for the commanders from the eastern side of the state to invade.

We cut off their local supplies of pot, Priuses, and Astroglide, and they will immediately surrender.

Puget Sound will be a Red Western port city again.


Posted by: LeftCoast Dawg at August 11, 2017 06:36 PM (UsCnO)

23 Absolutely. Sooner the better. Unlike the last Civil War, I just can't see Nancy Pelosi & the intolerant left fighting a war to keep the adults in their union. We can sell the the oil they won't drill, the food they won't grow (because baitfish) and bill the hell outta them for overflight rights.

http://inthisdimension.com/2014/06/09/break-it-up/
http://inthisdimension.com/2014/08/27/red-v-blue-why-secession-makes-sense/

Posted by: Alexander Scipio at August 11, 2017 06:37 PM (j91wl)

24 Obvious solution?

Texas.

From sea to motherfucking shining goddamn sea.

Yeehaw.

Posted by: Robert at August 11, 2017 06:37 PM (mknWS)

25 It will not happen but CaliExit would actually help the rest of the country

This, just spin off a couple of states and things would start to right themselves.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at August 11, 2017 06:37 PM (LTHVh)

26 15 This is all fantasy. Grow up and deal with things like an adult.
Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at August 11, 2017 06:34 PM (7h4Fr)


You know what ...

... I assure you - if fate ever puts us at the same table ... you'll find me "adult" if nothing else.

Posted by: ScoggDog at August 11, 2017 06:37 PM (fiGNd)

27 *shifty eyes*
Posted by: Grump928(C) at August 11, 2017 06:35 PM (LTHVh)


Unplug your Google Listening Device so we can speak freely.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at August 11, 2017 06:37 PM (bIwZ6)

28 Nope.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at August 11, 2017 06:38 PM (89T5c)

29 We can't divide. In 20 years, "Blue America" will be a full scale three way battle between way-too-rich asshole communists, mexican druglords, and Sharia seekers. With nukes.

Fuck that noise, we need to make a stand and protect the Last Great Hope from the inside.

Posted by: Mega at August 11, 2017 06:38 PM (rv0Fo)

30 It would be as effective to imagine heaven on earth as to solve politico -cultural division by organizing by colors of counties. Just faithfully pretend everything is fine.

Posted by: RioBravo at August 11, 2017 06:38 PM (giT7q)

31 It will never be allowed to work: we want to be left alone to live our lives and the left wants to fvck with us, grind us down, and stand on our necks in triumph. That means the divide can't happen.

Posted by: An Observation at August 11, 2017 06:38 PM (X/BmP)

32 I think we can stay a republic and increase sates right somehow. Some kind of referendum that does not allow unelected judges to impose Tranny Bathrooms on states that don't want to participate in cultural suicide. A one time opt out to create special Judicial Exception Zones for some states.

Posted by: Max Power at August 11, 2017 06:34 PM (q177U)

You mean, like, say, referendums against gay marriage that are overruled by one Federal scum judge? Those referendums.

The Prog scum didn't allow states rights the past 8 years that didn't fit the narrative. They'll do it again when they're in power and yes, someday, they will re-ascend thanks to the worthless GOP.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:39 PM (Jcg9Q)

33 Who says the "deplorables" are the ones who will be re-educated?

Posted by: It's me donna at August 11, 2017 06:39 PM (O2RFr)

34 Back when they were laughing and calling the red states "Jesusland", I wrote a quick song called "I Want to Live in Jesusland".

It was all about how if it came down to it, I'm leaving (back then) True Blue Michigan (which I love) and moving to a country that soon would be blowing the ears back of the rotting blue states around it.

My prediction was that financial districts would grow in the more productive states and soon start sucking power out of the blue Reichstag.

Posted by: Axeman at August 11, 2017 06:39 PM (2mC6G)

35 If only people could come to some kind of social agreement. Codify it in some kinda written...codification thingy...

Posted by: Robert at August 11, 2017 06:39 PM (mknWS)

36 11
I think we can stay a republic and increase sates right somehow. Some
kind of referendum that does not allow unelected judges to impose Tranny
Bathrooms on states that don't want to participate in cultural suicide.
A one time opt out to create special Judicial Exception Zones for some
states.

Posted by: Max Power at August 11, 2017 06:34 PM (q177U)

-----------------------------------------

A good start would be to limit federal judges to federal cases. Course you would have to rescind the vast majority of federal laws. Could get messy.

Posted by: Javems at August 11, 2017 06:39 PM (yOqwj)

37 Point 1-
>Hold a county-by-county referendum

and when the democong cheat in close cases, and ignore the results when they loses? this is something they have a long history of doing

Point 1.5- Why should we abadon Americans in democong controlled enclaves, esp. those whose economic ability to move has already been sabotaged?

Point 2-
Why should any of these leeches get ANY of America's wealth? This is OUR country, we and OUR grandparents built it

Point 3- There is no punishment for the subversion and treason committed by the Left and the globalists in this scenario

Point 4-
Once the democong solidify their control of their own areas, how soon before they start encroaching on ours?

...
Humanity has a tradition of ignoring the hard choices only to take it in the shorts later down the road.

The right thing is usually the hard thing; staying on the right road after cleaning tings up is usually hard to do, as well...

...which is why we're in this mess to being with

Posted by: Grad School Fool at August 11, 2017 06:39 PM (swEzU)

38 I'm not really fearing a group whose theme song is "It's Raining Men".

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at August 11, 2017 06:40 PM (6Ll1u)

39 The west coast states can be one country. New England plus PA, OH, VA, IL, WI, IN, MD, DC and MN can be another. Everything else can be the third.

The problem is that leftists need us. They think we need them too, because they support government regulations telling us the ingredients that are found in our shampoo (yeah, I actually heard an expanded version of this argument once). Whatever, they're wrong about that but they cannot subsist without our tax dollars.

Posted by: CPT11A at August 11, 2017 06:40 PM (GIayb)

40 I think you'd have to do it at the state level. I can easily imagine an association of free southeastern states from Ga to Tx.

Posted by: Farmer Bob at August 11, 2017 06:36 PM (sqpGi)

You still have to either drive the scum out of the big cities, or perhaps wall them off so they can fight and fuck amongst themselves.

Otherwise you're playing endless Prog scum Whack-A-Mole.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:40 PM (Jcg9Q)

41 There'll inevitably be some worldwide cataclysmic event that'll bring us together. We're overdue.

Posted by: Very Undude at August 11, 2017 06:41 PM (2X7pN)

42 If you suck my dick and give me money, the climate will go back to reasonable temperatures.

Posted by: Al Gore at August 11, 2017 06:41 PM (/qEW2)

43 40. Helicopters. Helicopters everywhere.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. All Honor & Glory to Kekistan! at August 11, 2017 06:41 PM (fA1SL)

44 "This is all fantasy. Grow up and deal with things like an adult."

I can't see a likely scenario where we break up as a nation. It is a fantasy, and even if it did happen, wouldn't give the result that some people here wish for.

Neither is another civil war in the cards, either.

The tide has turned in a good way, and I expect that we'll be in a better place in ten years,

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 06:41 PM (+7/1f)

45 The Big One may solve part of this problem.

Posted by: Cascadia subduction zone at August 11, 2017 06:41 PM (2WITp)

46

It's time for #hickory.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- bolded because it's a good'un at August 11, 2017 06:42 PM (qyXjk)

47 My spouse and I were just talking abou this. He doesn't read politics, But he has become aware just by people he meets daily. the anger. He has been surprised by former friends response to Trump, And They buy the whole media b.s.

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 06:42 PM (FKrah)

48 Seriously, will never happen. We're not divided geographically. How can you separate the coasts from the inlands, the city from the country?

It will be, as Lincoln said, all one thing or all the other.

Right now, we're trending towards 'all progressive'. But I suspect blood will be shed in vast amounts before we get there.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:42 PM (3OIiX)

49 It will not happen but CaliExit would actually help the rest of the country

This, just spin off a couple of states and things would start to right themselves.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at August 11, 2017 06:37 PM (LTHVh)

No, don't give them the whole state.

Cut off Southern Kallyfornia, and keep the more conservative part for us.

Same with Seatlle, Portland, Shitcago, etc. Turn them into little city states who will be at our mercy. Keep the conservative areas in a United States of Decency.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:43 PM (Jcg9Q)

50 They would only screw it up worse than venezuela. we would have to go in and stabilize the country so economic refuges/ illegal aliens would not flood over the border... There is no escaping them

Posted by: E.T. at August 11, 2017 06:43 PM (P1GJy)

51 44. I admire your optimism. Other great nations, with far more in common among their peoples, and with significantly longer records ot stability, have fallen apart.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. All Honor & Glory to Kekistan! at August 11, 2017 06:43 PM (fA1SL)

52 Newest economic plan, do away with economies!


https://tinyurl.com/y73s84dx

Posted by: Javems at August 11, 2017 06:43 PM (yOqwj)

53 >>>>I don't expect this country to survive the increasingly violent divisions, and I believe a good divorce is much better than bitter, violent marriage


Why is divorce so expensive? Because it is so worth it.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 06:44 PM (ZTRlp)

54 I have been expecting a breakup into four countries for a long time. A hardcore blue country along the west coast, a moderate blue in the center, a hardcore conservative country in the south, and another hardcore blue alongh the north east.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at August 11, 2017 06:44 PM (mpXpK)

55 ignoramous, srs question, No heckle , But where do you see a roll back with the left , or even a give a little attitude?

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 06:44 PM (FKrah)

56 If you suck my dick and give me money, the climate will go back to reasonable temperatures.

Posted by: Al Gore at August 11, 2017 06:41 PM (/qEW2)
............

You have a dick? Are you sure? When was the last time you saw it?

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 06:44 PM (2WITp)

57 We can survive only by killing the so-called "progressive" movement

Yes ... the movement .. um ... quite.

*shifty eyes*
Posted by: Grump928(C) at August 11, 2017 06:35 PM (LTHVh)

Heh

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:44 PM (3OIiX)

58 I don't expect this country to survive the increasingly violent divisions, and I believe a good divorce is much better than bitter, violent marriage.

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If I may Monday morning quarterback the Civil War, it would have been better for everybody if the Feds had bought every slave at fair market value. Better in terms of both blood and money. I doubt that would have been politically viable. Perhaps we could seek some such solution now because, I agree, this cannot continue indefinitely. The biggest problem I see: who gets the debt?

Posted by: I'm Anonosaurus Wrecks and I approved this message at August 11, 2017 06:45 PM (Nwg0u)

59 42 If you suck my dick and give me money

I would definitely prefer not to do either, Al.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 11, 2017 06:45 PM (iVOAv)

60 Two States!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYn33aHNVy4

Posted by: oldschool pavement at August 11, 2017 06:45 PM (bS+V9)

61 @51 I'm aware that great nations and empires have an expiry date. But we're not close.

You wanna know why? Most of the rest of the World sucks more than we do.

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 06:45 PM (+7/1f)

62 I could not live in a Dem controlled area, I.e Urban Area. I have no idea how Right wingers and Conseravtives stay sane behind enemy lines.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 06:45 PM (XFue2)

63 They do not get to witch hunt, purge, destroy, and then blithely walk away. That ship has sailed.

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at August 11, 2017 06:45 PM (tbOMB)

64 The Blue-lag Archipelago.

Posted by: Toad-O at August 11, 2017 06:46 PM (cct0t)

65 I agree if the media weren't openly inciting violence and blood libeling everyone not on their plantation I would agree we can cool it down . But I don't see it with the media being fully into destroying half the country for legally voting.

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 06:46 PM (FKrah)

66 > It can't be worked out because the Prog scum want to rule us, and destroy us. They will accept nothing less.


This. If Blue and Red just wanted different things, a split might be possible, and the two countries could go their separate ways; but these days progs seem driven much less by a desire to create some Socialist utopia, and much more by a desire to punish their enemies.

Posted by: Cave Johnson at August 11, 2017 06:46 PM (x/Lj2)

67 There'll inevitably be some worldwide cataclysmic event that'll bring us together. We're overdue.

Posted by: Very Undude at August 11, 2017 06:41 PM (2X7pN)

Never again will I be united with the pathetic, worthless, progressive Democratic scum that have overrun this country.

If that "event" happens during the Trump administration, do you really think the Prog scum will unite with him? Surely you can't be that delusional. They probably want the Norks to win.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:46 PM (Jcg9Q)

68 Ace, I do not believe a peaceful division as you postulate is do-able. Millions would need to or desperately want to move for political, personal freedoms, and economic reasons.

If your company moves to what the shareholders believe are greener pastures, but those pastures don't have the right to keep and bear arms, and you want to be armed, then what? Move, or hope you can find a new, equivalent paying job where you are?

How does the economics stuff sort-out? Three nations with different labor rates, taxes, and costs of living (NY compared to Arkansas, for example), and vastly different natural resources, are going to set-up and operate some sort of mutual free-trade arrangement? Can be done, but not without a lot of start-up pains and then many, many unexpected consequences to sort-out as they come about.

I wish your wish could happen, but I'm extremely pessimistic.

Posted by: Gref at August 11, 2017 06:46 PM (AMIL/)

69 I see a lot of blue enclaves with a lot of population in a small land mass.

Having gone back and looked at last years voting map I don't see a lot of states with a blue totality.
Yes a donk controlled state govt but those have been getting fewer recently
We aren't getting out of this mess that easy,

Posted by: Ben Had at August 11, 2017 06:47 PM (JqbcQ)

70 The western Washington and Oregon militias are hidden in plain sight as sedated Bluestaters, armed and ready for the commanders from the eastern side of the state to invade.

We cut off their local supplies of pot, Priuses, and Astroglide, and they will immediately surrender.

Puget Sound will be a Red Western port city again.


Posted by: LeftCoast Dawg at August 11, 2017 06:36 PM (UsCnO)

I call dibs on the Astroglide.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:47 PM (3OIiX)

71 we had the greratest opportunity on earth in this nation. They are burying the us. the country . and sensibility.

and I believe purposefully.

as Syria, Europe. etc

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 06:47 PM (FKrah)

72 the last straw was/is the reaction of the Left to the ELECTION.

Elections have no meaning to the left so I just dont see the point anymore. It is subversion, sedition and deceit all the way as far as the eye can see. Hell, the current American 'media' is, no joke, the same as the old Sovet Union 'news'..

I'm out. Gladly.

Posted by: Malignantly aggrieved at August 11, 2017 06:48 PM (oBuXO)

73 They are parasitic, and believe with iron faith that that's what the red states are.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at August 11, 2017 06:48 PM (rnAwa)

74 The coasts would have to do without food and energy, and the rest would have to do without Hollywood movies, WaPo and the NYT. Sounds fair to me.

Posted by: Roy at August 11, 2017 06:48 PM (ABjxW)

75 It's about 7 years since I came to the conclusion that this is the best possible solution for what we face as a people. My mind hasn't changed since and I'm glad to see it brought up again.

The main reason I think it is the most viable option is that I wager it's the One 'solution' that could gain a Majority consensus from both sides.

They really do hate us and want us dead imo; and frankly after pay attention for 20 years now, I just want them to go away and leave us alone. Have a lot of thoughts on this.... yes we would build a wall, it would probably just be best to split it down the middle somewhere for equal-ish coast access, we would have to provide for continental defense but that's fine I don't want those pansies defending me anyway,....etc

Posted by: Some things change at August 11, 2017 06:48 PM (QpA8s)

76 >There'll inevitably be some worldwide cataclysmic event that'll bring us together. We're overdue.

Like 9/11?

This aint WOW, where the idiot writers come up with a "let's band together for the sake of continued gameplay" fantasy every expansion.

The Left is tyrannical.

You keep a boot on their necks, or eventually they put one on yours.

Posted by: Grad School Fool at August 11, 2017 06:49 PM (swEzU)

77 We simply wish to be left alone.

They wish to rule us.


The two are mutually exclusive.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at August 11, 2017 06:49 PM (6t8+a)

78 Ace:

"You mean you'll have to move like Americans used to do all the time -- sometimes even braving the Donner Pass?"

Actually, "Donner Pass" (as it is now called) was the preferred overland route to California because it was the LEAST dangerous way to go, the lowest-altitude pass through the Sierras. It only became infamous due to the 1846 blizzard that trapped the Donner Party (hence the pass's name) who famously resorted to cannibalism to survive. But that same blizzard in 1846 was WORSE in all the other parts of the Sierra -- even that year, the Donner Pass was STILL the safest way to go.

By now, as reflected by Ace's usage, the very phrase "Donner Pass" is like code phrase for danger, but it's ironic because in reality it should be a code phrase for the safest way to go.

Posted by: zombie at August 11, 2017 06:49 PM (DQ4Fv)

79 "Hold a county-by-county referendum"

Hold elections...or hold honest elections?

Posted by: The Gipper Lives at August 11, 2017 06:49 PM (Ndje9)

80 Can't we all just get along?

Posted by: Rodney Queen at August 11, 2017 06:49 PM (IqV8l)

81 Surely you can't be that delusional.

Maybe you're too young to remember how it was right after 9/11! It didn't last long but we were united. Same after Katrina, and Andrew. These events briefly brought us together.

Posted by: Very Undude at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (2X7pN)

82 Will our side suspend women's right to vote, unless they serve in the military, after the divorce? Because no society in history has survived "Wymynz rightz".

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (XFue2)

83 Middle America could use the liberal blue cities to store their garbage and waste. Just wall them off like Escape from New York.

Posted by: Roy at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (ABjxW)

84 62 I could not live in a Dem controlled area, I.e Urban Area. I have no idea how Right wingers and Conseravtives stay sane behind enemy lines.
Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 06:45 PM (XFue2)

I"ve asked that question for years and even in an ONT topic one night. California is the perfect example. Weather, geographical beauty ranks greater than moonbattery

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (ZTRlp)

85 we had the greratest opportunity on earth in this nation. They are burying the us. the country . and sensibility.

and I believe purposefully.

as Syria, Europe. etc

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 06:47 PM (FKrah)

Of course it's on purpose. That's why we can't live alongside them in peace.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (Jcg9Q)

86 Look, if we can't peacefully coexist under the pressure of social comity and law, how are we going to exist as neighbors when the progs echo chamber is fully armed and operational? Do you think Progafornia is going to let Colorado keep 'their' water?

You'll have a shooting war 5 years after the divorce and it will be uglier than if it had been a mass guerilla campaign of Red vs Blue conducted inside the country.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (3OIiX)

87 Democrats win the minority vote in 100% of the states.

Democrats haven't won the electoral vote of white America since 1964, and lose it in landslides.

So lets just give minorities their own states. All the diversity hiring would not be a problem ... "racist" whites would be completely out of their way. Hillary and the coastal elite wouldn't be able to treat them like house servants, white kids would have to become humble and learn to bus tables and do the "jobs Americans won't do".

Equality ...

http://www.motherjones.com/files/if-only-original630.png

Posted by: illiniwek at August 11, 2017 06:51 PM (7Ep0P)

88 it won't work just like east germany / west germany didnt work
or north korea / south korea

Posted by: votermom pimping great books! at August 11, 2017 06:51 PM (hMwEB)

89 I live in one of the bluest areas of one of the bluest states, and if sections of the nation do split? I'm not going anywhere.

See, the Red states would be relatively peaceful. It's the blue states - like mine - where there would be mass casualties. Because I'll be damned if I'm going to live under their jackboots and I'm not fucking moving.

I somewhat jokingly shout "Wolverines!!!"
But that's exactly what it would be.

Bring it.

Posted by: Bea Arthur's Dick at August 11, 2017 06:51 PM (jWe5r)

90 I look forward to the reactions from around the world about the eclipse, who fucking loves science?

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at August 11, 2017 06:51 PM (nUH7O)

91 Donner Pass was the summer route.

Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 06:51 PM (X9Eva)

92 Donner Pass is great and all, but it's no Rudolph Pass.

Posted by: garrett at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (pIZfS)

93 the sad thing about you feeling dividing the country up is necessary is, one of the chief points of having a federation of self-determining states was to avoid this eventuality.

Posted by: jason farnon at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (ghwJV)

94 81 Surely you can't be that delusional.

Maybe you're too young to remember how it was right after 9/11! It didn't last long but we were united. Same after Katrina, and Andrew. These events briefly brought us together.
Posted by: Very Undude at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (2X7pN)

It was all talk and no action. And I'm old enough to remember.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (ZTRlp)

95 They've been working on pulling together a communist revolution since the idea was conceived. The absolute only thing that keep them from it is that fact that we're armed.

Posted by: dagny at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (wZuWv)

96 If you have a active Facebook account within the past 3 years, then you can't vote.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (XFue2)

97 I think the comparisons to Venezuela are a bit out of place. Yes it is a comme thugocracy, but it isn't unique even in South America.

Maybe South Africa? Don"t get me wrong: apartheid was so horrible Kim du Toit waa revolted, and he's hardly a mincing liberal. But in just about every respect, they are weaker than they were thirty years ago. It will get worse.

And will be much worse in Blue America.

Posted by: trev006 at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (DeVCA)

98 I don't think a referendum by county will be granular enough. It think we'll need to do it by township, precinct, or even HOA. Nor do I think the option can be limited by blue, purple, mauve, and red. I think 16 color divisions will be needed. Probably in combination with 8 religious categories just to be complete.

Posted by: RioBravo at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (giT7q)

99 Joe Pass > Donner Pass

Posted by: garrett at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (pIZfS)

100 Ace:

"You mean you'll have to move like Americans used to do all the time -- sometimes even braving the Donner Pass?"

Actually, "Donner Pass" (as it is now called) was the preferred overland route to California because it was the LEAST dangerous way to go, the lowest-altitude pass through the Sierras. It only became infamous due to the 1846 blizzard that trapped the Donner Party (hence the pass's name) who famously resorted to cannibalism to survive. But that same blizzard in 1846 was WORSE in all the other parts of the Sierra -- even that year, the Donner Pass was STILL the safest way to go.

By now, as reflected by Ace's usage, the very phrase "Donner Pass" is like code phrase for danger, but it's ironic because in reality it should be a code phrase for the safest way to go.
Posted by: zombie at August 11, 2017 06:49 PM (DQ4Fv)

You're a pedantic nerd and we love you, Zombie.

STILL learning new things. Not a bad Friday at all.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (3OIiX)

101 I want to be in the green America -- the one where I can pursue money (happiness) and marijuana (bliss). I want my taxes low and the moral police non-existent.

Posted by: SFGoth at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (dZ756)

102 rolls eyes at pete.

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (FKrah)

103 There'll inevitably be some worldwide cataclysmic event that'll bring us together. We're overdue.
..........

Somehow I can't see coming together as the answer.
I'll stick with my Beanie Weenie, bottled water and bullets.

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (2WITp)

104 Since the logical outcome of Progressivism is One World Government, breaking up is not going to happen. Since any non progressive policy is literally touted as threatening to all life on Earth, breaking up will lead to war anyway.


There will be violence no matter what.

Posted by: McLurkerson at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (35/F6)

105 Maybe you're too young to remember how it was right after 9/11! It didn't last long but we were united. Same after Katrina, and Andrew. These events briefly brought us together.

Posted by: Very Undude at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (2X7pN)

I was 50 on 9/11. I could see up front the unity was a farce. It took less than a year to prove me right. Even I didn't think it would happen that quickly.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:53 PM (Jcg9Q)

106 The problem is the same one the European Union is having. You are only as secure as your borders, and we'd have Russia annexing the Ukrainians in New York State and China building more islands off the coast of California inside a decade, with liberals loudly declaring their peaceful resistance to these measures. Another problem would be what to do when the Democrat People's Republic of Blue America fails, as it inevitably does, and a flood of blue people washes south and west. That's what happened to Virginia. The blue people voted for high tax, pro-crime, pro-drug, anti-business, anti-family policies in DC and Maryland, bitched about the results, then fled en masse to Virginia to vote for the same thing all over again. They cannot be taught. They are immune to experiential learning.

Posted by: Sentry at August 11, 2017 06:53 PM (lbnrF)

107 I'd lose my job and maybe my career, but it would be worth it to give my kids a better life.

Posted by: Emperor of Icecream at August 11, 2017 06:53 PM (hx2TS)

108 I was 50 on 9/11.

Sorry, 40.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:53 PM (Jcg9Q)

109 and beer

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 06:54 PM (2WITp)

110 It can be reasonably argued that several states are presently in a state of rebellion against the Feds.
My own included (CA).

Posted by: navybrat at August 11, 2017 06:54 PM (w7KSn)

111 81 Surely you can't be that delusional.

Maybe you're too young to remember how it was right after 9/11! It didn't last long but we were united. Same after Katrina, and Andrew. These events briefly brought us together.
Posted by: Very Undude at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (2X7pN)



We were not united after Katrina. It was immediately George Bush and Cheney's fault that that corrupt Democrat governor of Louisiana and mayor of New Orleans didn't do what anyone with a brain would have done to evacuate. And it was evil Republicans fault for not giving them tons of money to increase the strength of the levies as well as siphon it off to their other graft projects.

Posted by: buzzion at August 11, 2017 06:54 PM (z/Ubi)

112 Donner Pass was never as bad a the myths have made it out to be. There was actually very little cannibalism.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at August 11, 2017 06:54 PM (mpXpK)

113 There'll inevitably be some worldwide cataclysmic event that'll bring us together. We're overdue.

If it doesn't, at least it does provide the "fog of war" to be able to off as many leftists as possible in a short amount of time.

Posted by: Roy at August 11, 2017 06:54 PM (ABjxW)

114 we came together for how long after 9-11. then it was the left. why they hate us, how bad we are . get over it, people die. don't look at the video , ignore it. we deserve it. In fact we elected a President that had those same idea how many years after?

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 06:54 PM (FKrah)

115 108 I was 50 on 9/11.

Sorry, 40.
Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:53 PM (Jcg9Q


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Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (ZTRlp)

116 Wait what re: tv shows and the like. Dude. I love my teevee more than pretty much anyone and that's literally never even occurred to me. Not only will there still be stuff available because Hollywood et al worships money above all but I'm pretty sure we can make our own teevee and what not. Sheesh people.


As far as moving, well, that's what you do. It may be impossible for me right now with my parents' health situation but such is life.

I don't want this situation but since the other side is determined to turn me into their hate object and since I decline, then so be it.

I'm thinking Galveston would be nice. I miss living by water. A lot.

Posted by: alexthechick - happy happy manatees at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (dEQP3)

117 Maybe you're too young to remember how it was right after 9/11! It didn't last long but we were united. Same after Katrina, and Andrew. These events briefly brought us together.


My democrat congressman, Jim Moran (D-drunk) went into the Capitol the moment they were allowed back in and lauded the muslims, insisting they not be blamed while the Pentagon in his district was still burning.


We were NOT united. The left was just mostly momentarily silent, like a dog caught chewing up the carpet.

Posted by: dagny at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (wZuWv)

118 It was all talk and no action. And I'm old enough to remembe

We went to war with Iraq with a majority of Amaerica's approval.

Posted by: Very Undude at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (2X7pN)

119 Even when we won, miraculously, in Nov 2016, we lost.

Elections have very few positive consequences if elections do not elect Dems or whore GOP Uni Party p*ssies.


Even Trump seems helpless to govern the Deep State bureaucrats.

If you cant govern your own employees how do you govern, period?

Posted by: Malignantly aggrieved at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (oBuXO)

120 They NEED us.
They cannot survive without us.

No, I'm not talking about food and water.
And no, they don't really need us to be their peasants, although it's convenient to have us.

They NEED us to be the despised Other, the bogeyman, the Emmanuel Goldstein for their Two-Minute Hate.

Without the object of hate, their whole worldview, their very reason for being, falls apart.

They can't let us go.



Posted by: Margarita DeVille at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (0jtPF)

121 "But where do you see a roll back with the left , "

Trump is a tool. The "movement" is bigger than he, and has only started. I date it back to the Tea Party. Politically, outside the federal government, it's already been happening at the state and muni level for much of the country.

The fight is with The Borg, much of which can't sustain itself financially. This includes many Blue States and many cities, which will go broke. This may take some time, but it's inevitable. Same for much of Academia.

If reforms happen -- Trump's already started -- many big companies will realize the long-term benefits of being back in the US. We can get back to sustained 3.5% to 4.0% GDP growth.

Right now, Trump is a Plurality President. But the Ds are on trajectory to fuck themselves. I expect Trump to run against everyone in 2018, including the GOPe, and get better control of the Senate and keep the House. By 2020, Trump will be a majority President.


Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (+7/1f)

122 I have no idea how all this might work out, but more ammo.

Posted by: Cloyd Freud, Unemployed at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (398bZ)

123 Problem is, leftist jerks would stay in the conservative states simply to agitate, knowing they can flee at any point in the future.

-
Or the reverse. Live and work in Big Red then retire to Big Blue for those sweet, sweet benefits. There would have to be mutually exclusive citizenship.

Posted by: I'm Anonosaurus Wrecks and I approved this message at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (Nwg0u)

124 Will our side suspend women's right to vote, unless they serve in the military, after the divorce? Because no society in history has survived "Wymynz rightz".

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (XFue2)

The overwhelming majority of women in the United States of Decency will be conservative.

Even though all women have some level of crazy, I see this as a good thing.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (Jcg9Q)

125 How about if we just give them California, Oregon, and Washington state; and we keep the rest?

That would give them more land area than they actually currently control, on a county-by-county basis.

Then every Democrat who wants to can move to the newly formed Californistan, and any that remain can bake their own gay wedding cakes.

Posted by: Pastafarian at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (sgHEm)

126 Part of the problem with this whole scenario: Conservatives keep waiting for the WHOLE NATION, AND presumably D.C., to give us their blessing to separate.

That won't happen. Too many egotistical assholes, mostly on the left, won't allow it.

Conservatives should truly flex their muscles by doing this *on their own.*

Create something called the "10-Year Movement." Announce on every conservative blog that we all need to move to certain spots of the country where freedom is still valued, and that every conservative is welcome. Evangelize; sell the concept and describe the process, so that people know exactly what we're trying to do, how we're going to do it, what they need to do to join us, and how much we'll help to make it as painless and easy as possible.

Raise money to help the people who can't afford to make the move. Find investors to help expand and maybe even create new neighborhoods, towns and even cities to move to within Red Nation. Help create jobs and job networks in the areas where conservatives want to go, so finding new employment in their new home won't be as difficult.

DC will never let official separation happen, but conservatives can *make* it happen on a practical level, without having to pass legislation or having to try to appeal to assholes who won't listen.

Posted by: qdpsteve at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (eMKNe)

127 112 Donner Pass was never as bad a the myths have made it out to be. There was actually very little cannibalism.
Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at August 11, 2017 06:54 PM (mpXpK)

As in very little pregnant

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (ZTRlp)

128 Are we seceding again?

Must be Friday.


Posted by: Mortimer - Finish Her! at August 11, 2017 06:56 PM (2tM1m)

129 Secession and war are bad juju. The old Confederacy is still under 'reconstruction'.
Eromero
Born and raised in South Carolina, Birthplace Of Secession.

Posted by: Eromero at August 11, 2017 06:56 PM (zLDYs)

130 Meanwhile, Google warns that the upcoming solar eclipse may cause GLOBAL WARMING!!!!! and to prevent this you should agree to CEDE CONTOL OF YOUR THERMOSTATS TO GOOGLE:

http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/ Nest-thermostats-to-save-power-during-Aug-21-11752172.php

The theory, as advanced by "Alphabet," the official corporate name of Google which also has a subsidiary which makes "smart" (i.e. Orwellian) thermostats:

-- The eclipse will decrease the amount of sun hitting the Earth

-- Hence, output from solar-power arrays will decrease

-- Hence, we'll have to BURN MORE EVIL FOSSIL FUELS to make up the missing power to the electric grid! Oh noes!!!

Solution? Click "OK" and let Google take total control of your thermostat, and they will TURN OFF YOUR AIR CONDITIONING DURING THE ECLIPSE so there is less demand on the grid, and thus less need to burn evil natural gas.

Is this all absurd virtue-signalling? Yes it is.

Will the impact of the eclipse on solar power generation be almost nil? Yes it will.

But Google never misses a chance to convince SJWs to hand over control to the Corporate Betters.

And the SJWs fall in line, like good little sheeplebots.

Posted by: zombie at August 11, 2017 06:56 PM (DQ4Fv)

131 Mine has always been a five or ten year plan where you divide the country geographically into two the best you can based on political leaning and then during that time businesses and people can relocate to the country they prefer if not already there. The relocation businesses that would pop up because of the need would take care of most of the problems. During this period the powers to be would negotiate the division of assets and treaties would be created. It gets me excited just thinking about it.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM (IDPbH)

132 With respect to the titular question: as an old Southern mechanic I used to know would say: "Not no; Hell no; fuck no."


"I don't expect this country to survive the increasingly violent
divisions, and I believe a good divorce is much better than bitter,
violent marriage."

Prepare to be somewhat disappointed, because we're gonna get a violent divorce.

Posted by: FaCubeItches at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM (rznWS)

133 Look, if we can't peacefully coexist under the pressure of social comity and law, how are we going to exist as neighbors when the progs echo chamber is fully armed and operational? Do you think Progafornia is going to let Colorado keep 'their' water?

You'll have a shooting war 5 years after the divorce and it will be uglier than if it had been a mass guerilla campaign of Red vs Blue conducted inside the country.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (3OIiX)

You take a couple divisions from Texas and go General Sherman on southern Kallyfornia.

Problem solved.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM (Jcg9Q)

134 Why would you give these people one square inch of this country? It's the cities that are the problem. Split up and redistrict cities, encourage jobs in the suburbs, dilute their power using laws on the national level as much as possible.

Posted by: notsothoreau at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM (JKNZq)

135 Let's see......
Since 1900 these assholes are gone:
1) The Russian Empire
2) The Jap Empire
3) The German Empire
4) The British Empire
5) The USSR
6) Nazi Germany
7) Fascist Italy
Franco's Spain
9) Red China (now just a gangster run country)
10) The Warsaw Pact
11) Ted Kennedy
12) Detroit

Lots of room left for us and a few others on the list.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM (5VlCp)

136 I was in Galveston this Jan. It was nice, I could see living there.

I'd miss my mountains though.

Damn it, I'd rather fight to keep WA in the Union that scuttle off, even to Texas.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM (3OIiX)

137 "I have no idea how Right wingers and Conseravtives stay sane behind enemy lines."

It's actually liberating, in a way. We get to say, "Fuck it. What do we have to lose?" before it gets really, really messy.

Posted by: Bea Arthur's Dick at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM (jWe5r)

138 Those advocating for creating states out of the coasts need to remember that outside of the cities (read islands) even the blue states are largely red. I'm not talking about Hawaii, obviously.

Posted by: James Brown at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM (LAe3v)

139 City States.

Those are the Blue concentrations anyway. cut them out of the rest of the state...typically Red.
They get one Representative and no senator...kinda like DC.



Posted by: Diogenes at August 11, 2017 06:58 PM (0tfLf)

140 118 It was all talk and no action. And I'm old enough to remembe

We went to war with Iraq with a majority of Amaerica's approval.
Posted by: Very Undude at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (2X7pN)

The 30 day war was not in a response to what was happening in America. It was a response to Kuwait being invaded by Iraq.

The 2nd Iraq war was a result of Bush drawing a red line in the sand and unlike Obama pulling the trigger.

And your spell check isn't working, it is Americans

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 06:58 PM (ZTRlp)

141 If you have a active Facebook account within the past 3 years, then you can't vote.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 06:52 PM (XFue2)
............

Very insightful. That would exclude every member of my family who voted for Obama.

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 06:58 PM (2WITp)

142 138
Those advocating for creating states out of the coasts need to remember
that outside of the cities (read islands) even the blue states are
largely red. I'm not talking about Hawaii, obviously.


Posted by: James Brown


James is surprisingly erudite and perceptive.

Posted by: pep at August 11, 2017 06:58 PM (LAe3v)

143 142
138

Those advocating for creating states out of the coasts need to remember

that outside of the cities (read islands) even the blue states are

largely red. I'm not talking about Hawaii, obviously.




Posted by: James Brown

James is surprisingly erudite and perceptive.


Posted by: pep


Especially given the whole "dead" thing.

Posted by: pep at August 11, 2017 06:59 PM (LAe3v)

144 The country will break in two in the near future. Mexico is expanding to take over the entire SW. So national divorce now or allowing the invaders to seize a huge portion of the country later.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 06:59 PM (XFue2)

145 Look, if we can't peacefully coexist under the pressure of social comity and law, how are we going to exist as neighbors when the progs echo chamber is fully armed and operational? Do you think Progafornia is going to let Colorado keep 'their' water?

You'll have a shooting war 5 years after the divorce and it will be uglier than if it had been a mass guerilla campaign of Red vs Blue conducted inside the country.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:50 PM (3OIiX)

You take a couple divisions from Texas and go General Sherman on southern Kallyfornia.

Problem solved.
Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM (Jcg9Q)

Not saying it couldn't happen or wouldn't work. But you're looking a pretty heavy casualties, mass destruction and unless you're VERY generous with necktie parties, even after you've won, the idiots who left in the first place are STILL there.

Be easier and less bloody to deal with them now. But of course, that's illegal.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:59 PM (3OIiX)

146 136 I was in Galveston this Jan. It was nice, I could see living there.

I'd miss my mountains though.

Damn it, I'd rather fight to keep WA in the Union that scuttle off, even to Texas.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM


Agreed Mark.
The Seattle to Olympia I-5 corridor of Marxists aren't nearly as powerful as they make themselves out to be.
That said, I'm really considering moving over to the east side...more sun.

Posted by: Diogenes at August 11, 2017 07:00 PM (0tfLf)

147 It's going to look like the breakup of Yugoslavia, and no, I don't think it can be avoided at this point.

Posted by: rickl at August 11, 2017 07:00 PM (sdi6R)

148 If you ask the "blue" splitters what a devolution of the nation would be like they think it would be great. I then ask have they heard of the partition of India? Nope. And I ask how did it turn out for Pakistan and Bangladesh?

Posted by: Lester at August 11, 2017 07:00 PM (LfJIn)

149 108 I was 50 on 9/11.

Sorry, 40.
Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 06:53 PM (Jcg9Q


29

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (ZTRlp)

Dang, forgot.

*pours another drink*

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 07:00 PM (Jcg9Q)

150 This reminds me of the Great Secession of November 2016.

Or was it November 2012. Or 2008.

1996?

Anyway, it was Great!


Posted by: Mortimer - Finish Her! at August 11, 2017 07:00 PM (2wRtc)

151 And let's not forget that people's viewpoints are not carved in stone. The county I want to move to in WA state used to vote Dem. Then the environmental nutcases killed off the local jobs. They went for Trump last election. Your boundaries won't prevent you from having to deal with the Lefties.

Posted by: notsothoreau at August 11, 2017 07:00 PM (JKNZq)

152 Anyway, heading home after work.

I'll check in on the thread later.

Stay safe and awesome you magnificent bastards/princesses.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 07:01 PM (3OIiX)

153 My belief on this is that if it is worth it to move to another state for a $10-15,000 salary increase, then it's worth it to have your own political destiny placed more securely in your own hands

Ace sounds as if (I may be misreading him) the morons/ettes need consider only themselves when thinking about moving to a red state or out of a blue one. It's one thing for singles, childless couples, or empty-nesters without caregiving responsibilities for elderly parents to decide to move, but it's a lot more complicated for people with family obligations of various types (like the spouse's job, the kids' schools, the elderly parent's doctor) to pack up and go. My mother is gone now, but when I remember what she was like in the last stages of Alzheimer's, I would have found moving just about impossible. YMMV.

Posted by: Basement Cat at August 11, 2017 07:01 PM (3C9q2)

154 Duh. You can't squat without bending the knee. Both of them, actually.

Posted by: Gym Brah at August 11, 2017 07:01 PM (SOasJ)

155 "...and I guess Red America will need Blue America's... FaceBook and iPhones, I guess."

Until the wind stops, or darkness falls. Then BluMerica will need them some of that sweet electricity, won't they?

Posted by: Ray Van Dune at August 11, 2017 07:01 PM (4hIeD)

156 Where was that soccer team from in South America? The ones that ate people, when the plane crashed?

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at August 11, 2017 07:01 PM (nUH7O)

157 The left will not allow a split because that divests them of control.

Will your HOA allow you to opt out and be free to paint your house a tacky color? No, and neither will the left ever permit Utah to ban gay marriage or Texas to ban abortion. The left is not "live and let live" - you will be made to conform.

Posted by: wooga at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (WaVQv)

158 It doesn't matter that the cities are blue and the rest is mostly red. It's the population that counts and not the acres.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (IDPbH)

159 Diogenes,

If you don't need to work, check out Pacific county. They have two building inspectors for the entire county. Much prettier than the east side.

Posted by: notsothoreau at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (JKNZq)

160 I was listening to Hannity the other day on the ride home. This middle class guy called up and advocated for a national day of strike, which I've been waiting for this going Galt moment since 2008. Anyway, Hannity, the follower that he is, said that he could not endorse or support an organized national strike day. What a fag.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (XFue2)

161 Meanwhile, Google warns that the upcoming solar eclipse may cause GLOBAL WARMING!!!!! and to prevent this you should agree to CEDE CONTOL OF YOUR THERMOSTATS TO GOOGLE:


Evidently, the idea of having lots of cheap electricity has never occurred to these people.

The Prog/Ctrl-left wants scarcity. Conservatives want abundance.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (bIwZ6)

162 Remember the Partition between India and Pakistan?

Good times, good times.

Posted by: zombie at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (DQ4Fv)

163 Posted by: qdpsteve at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (eMKNe

I want to keep California. It has the best weather.

Posted by: CaliGirl at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (Ri/rl)

164 Where was that soccer team from in South America? The ones that ate people, when the plane crashed?
===

Peruvia

Posted by: Mortimer - Finish Her! at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (2wRtc)

165 There was actually very little cannibalism.
..........

Who you callin' little, bro?

Posted by: pygmy cannibals at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (2WITp)

166 Ignoramous, thank you for that response, Yes He is out tool, and I hope He perseveres, But we can't even get thoe on our side to do an assist against the borg, even our blogs are divided and can't wait to chew on Trumps heels . So even if Business comes back, Who 's HR will run them?
I would think slamming, aggresievly shitting on Half the country , for Trying to pull in the reins. That have been screaming about the fiscal insanity, The shoving every damned law down our throats , Even when we Vote no.

How is this going to change ? All those in power are For themselves , They can split once what they wanted becomes unsustainable, the rest of us have been stuck holding the pot of garbage.

with the population of the younger coming out like little drones of the asses that have been blowing us up.

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 07:03 PM (FKrah)

167 I would definitely prefer not to do either, Al.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke


LOL. I f*cking hate that idiot. I can say that because I'm not a Christian. Christianity sounds like torture. How can you love Al Gore? Or Hillary? Hate is the only answer.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at August 11, 2017 07:03 PM (/qEW2)

168 There is no civil war coming. If there is one, it will be brief. No one on the left is willing to put themselves on the line. The right is.

Posted by: Chants at August 11, 2017 07:03 PM (l41lT)

169 Most of the advocacy for splitting is done by people who can't deal with any differing opinion or win at the ballot box.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at August 11, 2017 07:03 PM (dueIV)

170 The Blue Marxist Areas will turn into the "dead zone" behind the wall in the movie Doomsday within a year.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 07:04 PM (XFue2)

171 > It's the population that counts and not the acres.

It's populations that can easily be cut off from food supplies vs. populations that cannot.

Another reason not to compromise with them on anything

Posted by: Grad School Fool at August 11, 2017 07:04 PM (swEzU)

172 A journalist published this in 2008:
The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart.
So even a journalist can see trend-lines. It took him 4 years to write this, and it is becoming more true each year.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at August 11, 2017 07:04 PM (hyuyC)

173
Psych!

Posted by: SMOD at August 11, 2017 07:04 PM (2wRtc)

174 >>> There was actually very little cannibalism

There was very little cannibalism in the British Navy.
Very little cannibalism and very little sodomy.

Posted by: wooga at August 11, 2017 07:05 PM (WaVQv)

175 No. We'll get ripped off every which way in the deal and then they'll come back for more and continue harassing us in a million different ways. The parasite must be killed.

Posted by: AMartel at August 11, 2017 07:05 PM (WWgnZ)

176 >>>There'll inevitably be some worldwide cataclysmic event that'll bring us together. We're overdue.

This is prescient. Time and time again, we brace for an attack we see approaching in front of us, and something else unexpectedly blindsides us from the side.

Posted by: Max Power at August 11, 2017 07:05 PM (q177U)

177 "I have no idea how Right wingers and Conseravtives stay sane behind enemy lines."

It's actually liberating, in a way. We get to say, "Fuck it. What do we have to lose?" before it gets really, really messy.


Posted by: Bea Arthur's Dick at August 11, 2017 06:57 PM (jWe5r)

Problem is, when the SHTF, you're going first.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 07:05 PM (Jcg9Q)

178 You nailed it Ace. I often wonder when America became a place where arcane excuses are a good enough reason to avoid doing something.

It seems like a lot of people would rather gin up an excuse than do something difficult and profit as a result.

Posted by: Huh? at August 11, 2017 07:05 PM (cOANc)

179 anyway I do agree although I would prefer we split, they won't do it.
They hate borders remember, and They give anything that isn't theirs away to preferred peoples.

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (FKrah)

180 >>>I want to keep California. It has the best weather

Orange County and San Diego might go red.

Posted by: wooga at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (WaVQv)

181 169 Most of the advocacy for splitting is done by people who can't deal with any differing opinion or win at the ballot box.
Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at August 11, 2017 07:03 PM (dueIV)

Says the resident contrarian.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (IDPbH)

182 159 Diogenes,

If you don't need to work, check out Pacific county. They have two building inspectors for the entire county. Much prettier than the east side.

Posted by: notsothoreau at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM


Good hunting too as I recall.

Posted by: Diogenes at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (0tfLf)

183 29
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM
~~~~~

We were all 29. Still are.

Posted by: IrishEi at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (HiDrR)

184 171
> It's the population that counts and not the acres.

It's populations that can easily be cut off from food supplies vs. populations that cannot.

Another reason not to compromise with them on anything


Posted by: Grad School Fool


Beat me to it.

Posted by: pep at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (LAe3v)

185 Donner Pass is nice, always do x-c skiing there, snow permitting, and did a nice show-shoe hike this past February (Castle Peaks trail).

Eromero - did you buy the H ampersand K?

National division - de jure, formal, physical - ain't happening. A sorting is already going on, and that's probably about the limit of it.


Posted by: rhomboid at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (QDnY+)

186 I think people are tired of being treated and regarded as subhuman seravnts and slaves of the permimant State.

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (XFue2)

187 Remember the Partition between India and Pakistan?

Good times, good times.
Posted by: zombie at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (DQ4Fv)


That was religious, too.

West Pakistan = Pakistan;
East Pakistan = Bangladesh.

West Coast and the Northeast?

Posted by: filbert at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (s5o+q)

188 So Ace, when are you moving out of NYC?

Or is this all just talk to rile up comments?

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (+7/1f)

189 Remember the Partition between India and Pakistan?

Good times, good times.
Posted by: zombie at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (DQ4Fv)
-------------------------------

And add to that pleasantness consider the later split of Pakistan and the fact that India contains the second largest Muslim population of any country (would be third without the Paki split).

Posted by: RioBravo at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (giT7q)

190 So, why would we give up any territory let alone pretty much the entire east and west coasts? If I and my extended family and friends have to leave our blue areas are the red areas going to provide us with equal or better housing and jobs? How about the business owners in blue areas, do they just walk away from their businesses?

This is never going to happen. If this country breaks up it won't be peacefully.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (/tuJf)

191 Not saying it couldn't happen or wouldn't work. But you're looking a pretty heavy casualties, mass destruction and unless you're VERY generous with necktie parties, even after you've won, the idiots who left in the first place are STILL there.

Be easier and less bloody to deal with them now. But of course, that's illegal.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards at August 11, 2017 06:59 PM (3OIiX)

Totally agree they should be dealt with now.

Mainly because yes, there's gonna be heavy casualties.

We should be fighting this war, not our children and grandchildren.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (Jcg9Q)

192 BSG, we just won t the ballot box, and What are they attemptiong to do?

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (FKrah)

193 Looks like the libtards are taking up rent-free residence between your ears. Come to Texas. The knuckleheads are fewer and further between. So are the towns.

Posted by: Robert17 at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (19WHj)

194 CaliGirl, I agree. :-)

Unfortunately our state may be lost for quite some time.

Posted by: qdpsteve at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (eMKNe)

195 There was very little cannibalism in the British Navy.
Very little cannibalism and very little sodomy.
Posted by: wooga at August 11, 2017 07:05 PM (WaVQv)


But the rum and the lash!

Especially the rum.

Posted by: filbert at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (s5o+q)

196 Where was that soccer team from in South America? The ones that ate people, when the plane crashed?

Those were rugby players. Rugby players eat their dead.

Soccer players were Crocs, have lace on both their shorts, and their panties, and only drink drinks that come with paper umbrellas.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (SOasJ)

197 Don't keep discounting Cali. There are reports of millions of fraudulent voter registrations in the big cities like LA, SF, SD etc. That blue majority may not be as big or even real as we think. Trump just needs to get some cleansing of the corrupt voting system in order. Yah, the leftists here will fight it all the way but it is not necessarily the slam dunk it seems. I am sure there are other cities, probably many, in the country like this.

Posted by: keena at August 11, 2017 07:08 PM (RiTnx)

198 183 29
Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM
~~~~~

We were all 29. Still are.
Posted by: IrishEi at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (HiDrR)

Yes indeed

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 07:08 PM (ZTRlp)

199 Where was that soccer team from in South America? The ones that ate people, when the plane crashed?

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at August 11, 2017 07:01 PM (nUH7O)
.......

It was an Uruguayan aircraft and rugby team who ran out of toothpaste.

Posted by: pygmy cannibals at August 11, 2017 07:08 PM (2WITp)

200 Posted by: Duncanthrax at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (SOasJ)


Spews last sip of coffee of the day. Dammit

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 07:08 PM (ZTRlp)

201 Some of my optimism is from having lived in NYC long enough to see that turnarounds are possible, and often inevitable, even when it's easy to doubt.

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:09 PM (+7/1f)

202 They don't get CA or anything else. They should be glad they are allowed to leave in peace.

Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:09 PM (X9Eva)

203 anyway, I would wish we could reason with them, say ok we disagree the next election changes course again.. But They don't do that.
They use all Their tools media , schools, to undermine any cohesive structure or idea that the country needs to survive intact.

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 07:09 PM (FKrah)

204 As the bumper sticker says; 'Don't California, my Texas'

Posted by: micky at August 11, 2017 07:10 PM (sbAet)

205 Top of the 1st, Red Sox get 2 run homer!

Posted by: bosox fan at August 11, 2017 07:10 PM (Pby3z)

206 Those were rugby players. Rugby players eat their dead.

Soccer players were Crocs, have lace on both their shorts, and their panties, and only drink drinks that come with paper umbrellas.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at August 11, 2017 07:07 PM (SOasJ)
..........

and get tattoos all over and pose for underwear ads

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 07:10 PM (2WITp)

207


Down to the Bottom
~ Dorothy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obR-9gfmkQY

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at August 11, 2017 07:10 PM (fceHP)

208 184 171
> It's the population that counts and not the acres.

It's populations that can easily be cut off from food supplies vs. populations that cannot.

Another reason not to compromise with them on anything


Posted by: Grad School Fool

Beat me to it.
Posted by: pep at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (LAe3v)

My point was referring to the status quo.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:11 PM (IDPbH)

209 >>>Or is this all just talk to rile up comments?

Sacre Bleu! Prepare to get a glove to the face!

Posted by: Max Power at August 11, 2017 07:11 PM (q177U)

210 Top of the 1st, Red Sox get 2 run homer!

Now there's a thought: Red Sox fans in one part of the country, Yankees fans in another, fans of NL teams get the rest.

Posted by: Basement Cat at August 11, 2017 07:11 PM (3C9q2)

211 I'm thinking of geographic division as a problem. Consider the Clinton/Trump election map by counties. There is a sea of red with islands of blue. Denver/Boulder would be surrounded by sanity. If a Blue Meanie wanted to go to a gay orgy in San Francisco, he'd have to go through or over Homophobialand. There could be free and tariffs. Also, I there would be a nuke gap. Jesusland would have far more nuclear weapons than NYC.

Posted by: I'm Anonosaurus Wrecks and I approved this message at August 11, 2017 07:11 PM (Nwg0u)

212 Why are you so worried about having to live with THEM?

They should be much more worried about having to live with ME.

Posted by: Pleistocene Megafauna at August 11, 2017 07:12 PM (GdgAM)

213 "Another objection people have is that a Red America, without the (ahem) moderating influence of the intolerant, totalitarian fascist Blue America SJWs, would become too "extreme" and they wouldn't like to live under such a regime."

These are the "conservatives" that ruined the country.

Imagine a game of tug-of-war where half of your side thinks the flag being in the middle is the ideal state, and then only slightly pulls on the rope so that the flag cannot go past it: the flag's always going to end up on the opposing side, and in fact will keep moving to the opposing side, because those people are afraid the others on their team are pulling too hard. That's who those people are.

Many of us adopt the extreme position to counter the extreme position of the left, not because we actually desire the extreme position.

Posted by: JSchuler at August 11, 2017 07:12 PM (YsGL+)

214 The real tragic part of the Donner Party story is how close they were to freedom, and didn't quite realize it, so they foolishly tried to wait it out until the snow melted. If they had just said "Screw it -- we're plunging ahead anyway!" they could have trudged through the snow to lower elevation and snowless safety in about four or five days. Six at the most. And in fact they could have done that at any point during the winter.

Instead, they made an epic blunder in decision-making, not realizing that it was downhill all the way from where they were, and thought it was safer to just stay put (for what they thought would bee a couple weeks) until the snow melted. Ooops. Didn't melt for five MONTHS. And then they ran out of food, and were too weak to continue without it.

If you look at a map today, or drive Highway 80, you wonder how in the world they could be trapped and snowbound so close to civilization. These days, in a car, it takes 90 minutes to get below the snow line from Donner Pass.

Even back then, with showshoes, it wouldn't have been that difficult.

Posted by: zombie at August 11, 2017 07:12 PM (DQ4Fv)

215 Sorry, what is going to power blue states iphones etc?

Posted by: dagny at August 11, 2017 07:12 PM (wZuWv)

216 >>>>> "I have no idea how Right wingers and Conseravtives stay sane behind enemy lines."

~~~~~

It sucks, big time.

I would move in a heartbeat, but I don't want to move away from my kids. They're young and have good jobs, and the oldest just bought a house nearby.

Too many of my friends moved south once they became empty-nesters, believing that the kids would visit them for vacations, holidays, etc. Doesn't happen very often. Young families are very busy and generally don't have much extra cash. And sure, they can come up and visit the kids, but they're working and the younguns are in school. Stinks all around.

Posted by: IrishEi at August 11, 2017 07:13 PM (HiDrR)

217 Atlanta would burn if GA separated.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at August 11, 2017 07:13 PM (PUmDY)

218

Kid Rock - Po-Dunk [Official Video]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KnAzpi4avo

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at August 11, 2017 07:13 PM (fceHP)

219 "Most of the advocacy for splitting is done by people who can't deal with any differing opinion or win at the ballot box."

Having recently won at the ballot box kind of crushes this assertion.

Posted by: Huh? at August 11, 2017 07:14 PM (cOANc)

220 They don't get CA or anything else. They should be glad they are allowed to leave in peace.

Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:09 PM (X9Eva)

1) go back to your little blue shitholes and live quietly while the grownups fix the problems;

2) get put down like a rabid animal

Pick one.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 07:14 PM (Jcg9Q)

221 Sorry, what is going to power blue states iphones etc?

Posted by: dagny at August 11, 2017 07:12 PM (wZuWv)
............

Easy, they just plug them in their EV... oh wait.

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 07:15 PM (2WITp)

222 208
184 171

>My point was referring to the status quo.

I'm not intending to be an asshole, but it sounds that way. mea culpa

It is the status quo that is the problem; the years of subversion, pollution, infection, and infestation

That has to be cleansed, or things get worse. there is no stability in the status quo.


Posted by: Grad School Fool at August 11, 2017 07:15 PM (swEzU)

223 You're thinking about this as a 2-dimensional problem.

Ancient Astronaut theorists believe that humanity will divert into sky dwellers, land people, CHUDs, and Texans.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at August 11, 2017 07:15 PM (a9ov1)

224
Almost all the major ports are in blue states.

Posted by: Deplorable Male Logic at August 11, 2017 07:15 PM (lKyWE)

225 If you look at the blue and the red areas the blues would have the cities and the reds would have land, oil, crops, manufacturing, mining.

Reds wouldn't have Harvard they would have A&M.

Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:15 PM (X9Eva)

226 one only needs to kill a few of them, mes amis; only a whiff of grapeshot is needed


pour encourager les Autres...

Posted by: Napoleon Bonaparte--fat, feisty, and Corsican at August 11, 2017 07:15 PM (ihtYN)

227 LOL. I f*cking hate that idiot. I can say that because I'm not a Christian. Christianity sounds like torture. How can you love Al Gore? Or Hillary? Hate is the only answer.

I'm Christian and fucking hate him too. It's OK to hate evil. IMHO, that's what it's for.

BTW, Christianity isn't torture, not by a long shot. I can out-drink, out-smoke, out-cuss, and out-shoot most anyone I know. I've been playing music in biker bars for 25 years and can tell you dirty jokes that'll curl you hair. Ask any Moron here.

Don't let the Progda caricature of Christians fool you. There are more like me out there.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at August 11, 2017 07:16 PM (bIwZ6)

228 157 The left will not allow a split because that divests them of control.

Will your HOA allow you to opt out and be free to paint your house a tacky color? No, and neither will the left ever permit Utah to ban gay marriage or Texas to ban abortion. The left is not "live and let live" - you will be made to conform.
Posted by: wooga at August 11, 2017 07:02 PM (WaVQv)

Yup. 1000x

Posted by: josephistan at August 11, 2017 07:16 PM (ANIFC)

229 Or the reverse. Live and work in Big Red then retire to Big Blue for those sweet, sweet benefits. There would have to be mutually exclusive citizenship.

Posted by: I'm Anonosaurus Wrecks and I approved this message at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (Nwg0u)
---
Even better. If you were down on your luck in one of the red states, how could they deny you if you walked across the blue border and demanded to be put up.

I mean that's their whole thing these days: the compassion of borderless states.

Posted by: Axeman at August 11, 2017 07:16 PM (2mC6G)

230 184 171
> It's the population that counts and not the acres.

It's populations that can easily be cut off from food supplies vs. populations that cannot.

Another reason not to compromise with them on anything


Posted by: Grad School Fool

Beat me to it.
Posted by: pep at August 11, 2017 07:06 PM (LAe3v)

And energy. And transportation. And dependence on all the above.

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at August 11, 2017 07:16 PM (tbOMB)

231 Too serious for a Friday evening. Have a good one 'rons & 'ettes

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 07:16 PM (ZTRlp)

232 Now there's a thought: Red Sox fans in one part of the country, Yankees fans in another, fans of NL teams get the rest.
Posted by: Basement Cat

I like that.
8-)

Posted by: bosox fan at August 11, 2017 07:16 PM (Pby3z)

233 >>Atlanta would burn if GA separated.

Nobody ever said there wouldn't be benefits.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 11, 2017 07:16 PM (/tuJf)

234 There is no way any divorce with the left can be amicable. They will want the best parts of the country and give us the shit left over if they're feeling generous (like Detroit).

Posted by: Gaylord Farkemall at August 11, 2017 07:17 PM (+dsLj)

235 You know the Dodgers are doing pretty good? Right?

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at August 11, 2017 07:17 PM (nUH7O)

236 I don't see the current unpleasantness becoming more violent, either.

A few tiny actually physical violent incidents? Sure. (mobs attacking Trump supporters, stuff like that) Racist nutcases/BLM types attacking cops? Sure. But generalized or widespread violence? Seriously? Not a chance.

This has been discussed here the HQ many many many times. Those foreseeing violence just keep asserting it as a certainty, without any convincing arguments that it is so.

So far, hasn't happened. Yes, it is an uglier, less free, less constitutional, less American America, by the day (consider the jaw-dropping hecklers' veto, with connivance from the institutions, on American university campuses, or the crude and open racism that is now simply the norm for racist-authoritarian public figures and elected officials).



Posted by: rhomboid at August 11, 2017 07:17 PM (QDnY+)

237 Pro tip:
Never go camping with Uruguayan rugby players.

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 07:17 PM (2WITp)

238 blue states get the DH

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 11, 2017 07:17 PM (vChNs)

239 There I am, Ms Blue America!!!

Posted by: Chelsei Manning at August 11, 2017 07:17 PM (a9ov1)

240 224
Almost all the major ports are in blue states.
Posted by: Deplorable Male Logic at August 11, 2017 07:15 PM (lKyWE)

For now.

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at August 11, 2017 07:17 PM (tbOMB)

241 Divorce is fine. Spousal murder is also fine and, on some days, preferable.

It's funny. I remember the days when I was courting a ban talking like Ace is, now. Maybe in another two years he'll be a reactionary calling for blood.

Posted by: Apostate at August 11, 2017 07:17 PM (I4XwS)

242 Soccer players would have come with referees carrying cards to tell who could be eaten or not.

Posted by: Skip at August 11, 2017 07:18 PM (pPKG5)

243 Why if we got rid of the sjws we find ourselves in a fascist nightmare...like America of 1988.

Oh noes!!!! Who can stand such horror?!?!

Posted by: 18-1 at August 11, 2017 07:18 PM (aZq03)

244 Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at August 11, 2017 07:03 PM (/qEW2)

Listen, I'm no expert on the love thingThere are people I've hated (I've gotten over it mostly because I figured "They know not what they do" and years have gone by) and that is due to the Holy Spirit, not to anything within my self. But Hillary hasn't harmed me personally and neither has Al Gore. I don't like their politics and find them reprehensible as to personality ,but their change is a matter of conversion and I am not responsible for that. I can just pray it happens. Al Gore is off my radar but Hillary seems like a deeply unhappy person who really would be happier if she welcomed the Holy spirit into her life.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 11, 2017 07:18 PM (iVOAv)

245 We were not united after Katrina. It was immediately George Bush and Cheney's fault that that corrupt Democrat governor of Louisiana and mayor of New Orleans didn't do what anyone with a brain would have done to evacuate.
Posted by: buzzion at August 11, 2017 06:54 PM (z/Ubi)


Oh man, Mayor Ray Nagin! I remember watching a post-Katrina press conference with him. My jaw dropped to the floor. Nothing but foul-mouthed ranting and a Stepin Fetchit whiny routine about why the Feds didn't come down to "hep us po black people".

Posted by: JuJuBee at August 11, 2017 07:18 PM (2NqXo)

246 Can America Survive, Intact?
Yes.

A small faction of leftists have control over the media, education and the Ivy League. The bulk of their followers are misguided and misinformed. The left's leadership is strong and hard core, while most of the opposition's leadership is soft and not ideological.

But the opposition's rank and file are strong and committed to America and her ideals. They are hungry for a leader and in PDT they found one.

The question is Trump strong and smart enough to lead the core from the heart of the enemies stronghold, where he is constantly assailed from every direction?

Posted by: Locke Common at August 11, 2017 07:19 PM (t4+vp)

247 Can America survive as a nation? We could. But we won't. We were gifted a great blessing. And we decided to spit in the face of the one who gave us this blessed gift. Moving doesn't solve that. Because wherever you go, there you are.

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:19 PM (lwiT4)

248 The biggest problem with dividing the nation is that the left hates us and thinks of us as evil.

They will never accept us as a wrong think allowing nation next door and will continue their cold civil war till we either surrender or the war turns hot. I do not think a second American Civil War will be decided with out a nuclear exchange.

Posted by: Big V at August 11, 2017 07:19 PM (qnAGA)

249 blue states get the DH

They can also have Kaepernick and ESPN.

Posted by: Basement Cat at August 11, 2017 07:19 PM (3C9q2)

250 RE: Create something called the "10-Year Movement." Announce on every conservative blog that we all need to move to certain spots of the country where freedom is still valued, and that every conservative is welcome. Evangelize; sell the concept and describe the process, so that people know exactly what we're trying to do, how we're going to do it, what they need to do to join us, and how much we'll help to make it as painless and easy as possible.

Libertarians tried this in NH: the Free Staters.

Posted by: squeakywheel at August 11, 2017 07:19 PM (Y/UW5)

251 "Those foreseeing violence just keep asserting it as a certainty, without any convincing arguments that it is so."

100% agree. And the national divorce thing.

It's just shit to stir up comments.

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:19 PM (+7/1f)

252 Why are you so worried about having to live with THEM?

They should be much more worried about having to live with ME.
Posted by: Pleistocene Megafauna at August 11, 2017 07:12 PM (GdgAM)
---
Kind of reminds me of something I've said....

Posted by: Rorschach at August 11, 2017 07:19 PM (2mC6G)

253 @135

Off the top of my head, there was also Czechoslovakia and whatever Bosnia morphed into.

Posted by: Russtovich at August 11, 2017 07:20 PM (CiA3v)

254 233, simmer down Ulysses.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at August 11, 2017 07:20 PM (PUmDY)

255 Jacksonville ( which is almost all of Duval County) is as red as......red wine


them boys at CSX love to lay track and move freight on the rails. Ship ya whatever ya need

Posted by: Arthur Wellesley at August 11, 2017 07:20 PM (ihtYN)

256 Almost all the major ports are in blue states.Posted by: Deplorable Male Logic at August 11, 2017 07:15 PM (lKyWE)
Well, yeah, that's why they're blue states. Port>population>urban>service industry>immigrant/migrant>parasite>blue

Posted by: dagny at August 11, 2017 07:20 PM (wZuWv)

257
You know the Dodgers are doing pretty good? Right?
Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at August 11, 2017 07:17 PM (nUH7O)


I'll say.They've already won 81 games and it's only August.

Posted by: Deplorable Male Logic at August 11, 2017 07:20 PM (lKyWE)

258 As per last thread NY congressman ( Kathleen Rice) calling Dana Loesch and the NRA a domestic security threat.
As I often say show me a Leftist and I'll show you someone wantinb the gulags to open up.

Posted by: Skip at August 11, 2017 07:20 PM (pPKG5)

259 After building my business niche here over the last 25 years I'm not moving anywhere. It's not like I can just start over somewhere else.

Posted by: freaked at August 11, 2017 07:21 PM (BO/km)

260 "A few tiny actually physical violent incidents? Sure. (mobs attacking Trump supporters, stuff like that) Racist nutcases/BLM types attacking cops? Sure. But generalized or widespread violence? Seriously? Not a chance."

Had someone suggested that mob assaults, police assassinations, and race riots would become so routine that a conservative would write them off as no big deal in, oh, 2008 or so, you would likely have laughed.

In 2008, no one talked seriously about civil war. In 2012, only the crazies and prescient (like me) did. Now it's routine, too.

And you assert that there is no convincing argument things will get worse?

Posted by: Apostate at August 11, 2017 07:22 PM (I4XwS)

261 I want to be a woman. How can I painlessly chop off my testicles? And this stupid f*cking penis. I HAVE A RIGHT TO A VAGINA!

Posted by: Al Gore at August 11, 2017 07:22 PM (/qEW2)

262 If there is not going to be a peaceful division or a civil war, you might as well reconcile yourself of the fact that we will continue down the road to socialism and cultural liberalism. The photo of Bradley Manning isn't just a one off in regard to the unstoppable train we're on.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:22 PM (IDPbH)

263 So, are there any red states where it doesn't snow? Because age-related body changes make cold, snowy weather intolerable.
I'm not sure Florida would count as a red state.

Posted by: Another Bob at August 11, 2017 07:22 PM (lydb7)

264 The easier way is FEDERALISM. States self-rule on most issues.

If we could just get back to that, there'd be no need to secede.

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 11, 2017 07:22 PM (vChNs)

265 This is stupid. No, the country can't be split up. Yes there are 50 states and sometimes it seems as though we're headed for a break-up anyway. Hell, sometimes it feels like we are already split-up. But we have bases and airfields and missile silos spread out all over and they are being manned by soldiers from all over the 50 states. There are "blue" voters in Red states and (plenty of) red voters living in Blue states and people have family living all over. Even large states like California ( lol) and Texas couldn't make it on their own and would have to form alliances with other individual states or what's left of the USA. And the military bases in those states don't belong to to those states.
It would cause more problems and solve nothing.

Posted by: j at August 11, 2017 07:22 PM (7uYFy)

266 Secession has a lot of good things in it for Libtards too!

They can elect Barack Mugabe to be their leader.

They can avoid military service but demand that heshes and shehes can get reassignment surgery while serving.

They can invent Ponzi scheme retirement plans where you pay in a small amount and reap huge monthly payouts.

They can have illegal invaders vote in their elections.

Oh wait.......never mind.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 11, 2017 07:23 PM (5VlCp)

267 >Those foreseeing violence just keep asserting it as a certainty,

It was a certainty to those people who were attacked.

Is it OK that the law is violated as long as it only happens to other folks?

No. We shouldn't tolerate it, and we should make sure that the people that funded it, organized, and supported it are punished for it.

Ostrich Effect...let's quit proving it.

Posted by: Grad School Fool at August 11, 2017 07:23 PM (swEzU)

268 Since we're neighbors let's not be friends.

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 07:23 PM (2WITp)

269 "Had someone suggested that mob assaults, police assassinations, and race riots would become so routine that a conservative would write them off as no big deal in, oh, 2008 or so, you would likely have laughed."

I was young, but remember the 1960s into the 1970s. Shit was far worse. 1968 alone, FFS.

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:24 PM (+7/1f)

270 I do wish everybody would quit talking about "red" and "blue" states. You remember that was concocted by the media, right? Why let the enemy define the terms of debate?

The Commies are the Reds and always have been.

Posted by: rickl at August 11, 2017 07:24 PM (sdi6R)

271 239 There I am, Ms Blue America!!!
Posted by: Chelsei Manning at August 11, 2017 07:17 PM (a9ov1)


I say we settle this with a tranny fight. Left Chelsea Manning versus Right Caitlyn Jenner.

Posted by: wooga at August 11, 2017 07:24 PM (WaVQv)

272 Well isn't that something? You can actually hike much of the route of the Sandakan (Borneo) death marches. Tour group guides them. Thousands of Australian POWs fell victim to this particular bit of Imperial Japanese military idiocy and evil.
Wonder if there are leeches on the route. The leeches in the Danum Valley rainforest, close to the death march route, were annoying.

Posted by: rhomboid at August 11, 2017 07:25 PM (QDnY+)

273 >>>BSG, we just won t the ballot box, and What are they attemptiong to do?

We're punching each other in the face.

Posted by: Banana Splits Guy at August 11, 2017 07:25 PM (dueIV)

274 Good fences make shitty neighbors stay off your property.

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 07:25 PM (2WITp)

275 I think the problem is, I know what a leftist would say if I told them "I'll die before I bend the knee"

They want us dead. I don't know how that gets handled without violence.

Posted by: Huh? at August 11, 2017 07:25 PM (cOANc)

276 >I was young, but remember the 1960s into the 1970s. Shit was far worse. 1968 alone, FFS.

and because we tolerated those traitors instead of stomping them good, they went into government, media, and academia, and created the problems we have today

Posted by: Grad School Fool at August 11, 2017 07:26 PM (swEzU)

277 If division did take place FL would be surrounded.
If division did take place many Floridians would repatriate to their home states.

Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:26 PM (X9Eva)

278 I am not taking another bar exam.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at August 11, 2017 07:27 PM (PUmDY)

279 "I do wish everybody would quit talking about "red" and "blue" states."

FFS, are states like OH and WI and MN in or out in this fantasy split-up.

States like IL, CA and CT will go broke. That's when the schadenfreude kicks in,

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:27 PM (+7/1f)

280

Tucker brought this up recently when talking to a California exit idiot. The look on his face, like he never thought of a civil war before.

What makes the left in California think the rest of the US would give up the West Coast (and its agricultural bounties) so easily?

This is what happened in Canada. Quebec won't legitimately separate, but they have tried and the referendum always fails. Although once it came very close. I think by 1%. But they are too afraid to actually do it, so they force the "roc" rest of the country into doing their bidding with the "threat" of separating. They enjoy the highest of federal monies. That is why the ROC hates them so much.

Most of the ROC wants them to separate. But they wouldn't survive economically and they know it.

I'm not sure what separating out the US states would do.

I would much rather get the people back together, and slam the Ruling Class back to the Middle Ages.

I don't know how though. But, when you talk to many liberals (if you do not discuss politics), some can be decent human beings. We are all being snookered and used. But I may be very naive about the new generations of kids growing up completely unhinged and unknowing of any facts, and living on emotions. I blame the parents here. And universities. Public schools.

Okay, enough yacking. Time to watch Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Why not?

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at August 11, 2017 07:28 PM (fceHP)

281 I was young, but remember the 1960s into the 1970s. Shit was far worse. 1968 alone, FFS.
Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:24 PM (+7/1f)

Left wing terror groups openly assassinating judges; Black Panthers gunning down cops; Puerto Rican terror groups bombing all over NYC; the fucking SLA; rampant bank robberies were innocents were taken hostage or shot;
I was a kid but I remember it well. "Gimme Shelter" was written about this shit.

Posted by: j at August 11, 2017 07:28 PM (7uYFy)

282 ...and even Canada.
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Thanks for the shout-out, eh!

Posted by: Corner Gas at August 11, 2017 07:28 PM (mJ8mX)

283 Shit was far worse. 1968 alone, FFS.

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:24 PM (+7/1f)
============================

Do you think so? I remember it being bad, but I don't remember it being so pervasive. Heck, girls still had to wear dresses to school.

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:28 PM (lwiT4)

284 Can our country survive?

Watch this 5 second clip then decide.

https://tinyurl.com/yc4zmxfo

Posted by: I'm Anonosaurus Wrecks and I approved this message at August 11, 2017 07:28 PM (Nwg0u)

285 "We're punching each other in the face"

With all due respect, this is bullshit.

Posted by: Huh? at August 11, 2017 07:28 PM (cOANc)

286 These two countries would end up being all of present-day rural America and all of present-day urban America, with some exceptions to this general rule scattered around.

No, bad idea. Nice mental exercise, though -- but no.

Posted by: FireHorse at August 11, 2017 07:28 PM (zkGZ8)

287 273. 'We're punching each other in the face.'
**
To every thing, there is a season....

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. All Honor & Glory to Kekistan! at August 11, 2017 07:29 PM (fA1SL)

288 You cannot love your brother across the world if you do not love your neighbor across the street.

hahahahahahaha! oh, I crack myself up.

Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 07:29 PM (2WITp)

289 Our situation will be resolved by the inevitability of reality catching up with the would-be socialist blue states. They are facing bankruptcy from profligate contract with public sector unions. All that they control, media, academia, entertainment, are all being undermined by technology obliterating their control of the culture. What we need to do is clearly articulate why our philosophies are infinitely superior to the progressive/socialist ideas that inevitably bankrupt governments and create Detroit, Venezuela, and the USSR.

Posted by: IanDeal at August 11, 2017 07:29 PM (qcIL3)

290 @135
Off the top of my head, there was also Czechoslovakia and whatever Bosnia morphed into.
Posted by: Russtovich at August 11, 2017 07:20 PM (CiA3v)

Yup....Thanks Russ! My apologies to the Czechs.



Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 11, 2017 07:29 PM (5VlCp)

291 Left wing terror groups openly assassinating
judges; Black Panthers gunning down cops; Puerto Rican terror groups
bombing all over NYC; the fucking SLA; rampant bank robberies were
innocents were taken hostage or shot;

I was a kid but I remember it well. "Gimme Shelter" was written about this shit.

Posted by: j at August 11, 2017 07:28 PM (7uYFy)=======================================

Yes, but that was definitely out of the mainstream and almost universally condemned. It wasn't celebrated.

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:29 PM (lwiT4)

292 Listen, I'm no expert on the love thingThere are people I've hated (I've gotten over it mostly because I figured "They know not what they do" and years have gone by) and that is due to the Holy Spirit, not to anything within my self. But Hillary hasn't harmed me personally and neither has Al Gore. I don't like their politics and find them reprehensible as to personality ,but their change is a matter of conversion and I am not responsible for that. I can just pray it happens. Al Gore is off my radar but Hillary seems like a deeply unhappy person who really would be happier if she welcomed the Holy spirit into her life.
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 11, 2017 07:18 PM (iVOAv)
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It's an equivocation. I've known a number of wise Christians who tell me "Love is not a feeling". It's not. I love Al Gore because Christ loved me. I love Hillary Clinton because Christ loved me.

I don't have to trust them--I DO not. I don't have to believe that they want what's good for me.

If you want to hate, then it seems to me that you want the emotional rush liberals have poisoned their politics with. I'm not going to waste my time with investing emotions I don't have to invest.

But I've noticed over the years that I've enjoyed learning to split closely-associated things by true differences. And I do the same here.

Posted by: Axeman at August 11, 2017 07:29 PM (2mC6G)

293 I don't know how though. But, when you talk to many liberals (if you do not discuss politics), some can be decent human beings.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at August 11, 2017 07:28 PM (fceHP)

You cannot be a decent human being and support the babykillers and transgender freak show.

You might "act" nice, but in reality you are pathetic, worthless, evil scum. You are my enemy. There is no other path anymore.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 07:30 PM (Jcg9Q)

294 To hell with that shit, we didn't let the Japanese or demcrat rebels steal parts of our country before, the fucktard lefty idiots Do Not get to do so now. If you are willing to appease the criminal left by giving them bits of our country, you deserve peace less than they do.

Posted by: JoshO at August 11, 2017 07:30 PM (qG7Of)

295 "This is stupid. No, the country can't be split up."

To claim this about a country that 1) has actually split up, and 2) only exists because it split from another parent country really is stupid.

"60s and 70s were worse."

Yes. Which is itself evidence that things can get worse from here, as well as recover. The thing is, those lunatics from back then who caused all that trouble? They're in charge now, and using their power and authority to work toward the literal destruction of old America they always fantasized about.

Posted by: Apostate at August 11, 2017 07:31 PM (I4XwS)

296 >What we need to do is clearly articulate why our philosophies are
infinitely superior to the progressive/socialist ideas that inevitably
bankrupt governments and create Detroit, Venezuela, and the USSR.

Humans don't respond to rationality, or there wouldn't be leftist shitholes to begin with.

Humans respond to emotion and/or force.

We used force to create a fairly rational system 200 hundred years ago, and emotions have been ripping it apart gradually since then

Posted by: Grad School Fool at August 11, 2017 07:31 PM (swEzU)

297 Left wing terror groups openly assassinating
judges; Black Panthers gunning down cops; Puerto Rican terror groups
bombing all over NYC; the fucking SLA; rampant bank robberies were
innocents were taken hostage or shot;

I was a kid but I remember it well. "Gimme Shelter" was written about this shit.

Posted by: j at August 11, 2017 07:28 PM (7uYFy)=======================================

Yes, but that was definitely out of the mainstream and almost universally condemned. It wasn't celebrated.



Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:29 PM (lwiT4)

Most of your average Democrats and Republicans still had the same overall goals.

And when there was an issue overseas, everybody was united.

That America is long since dead.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 07:31 PM (Jcg9Q)

298 It was far worse in 1968. The Vietnam War went sideways with the Tet Offensive in February, after Khe Sanh in January (use of tactical nukes was considered).

Eugene McCarthy (Bernie Sanders) mobilized the young and took out a sitting President, LBJ, who declined to run. RFK jumped into the race, opportunistically. Humphrey ran as LBJ's surrogate.

MLK got shot in April, and race riots followed.

Students rebellions hit colleges all over the world.

RFK fought it out with Humphrey and McCarthy, and then declared victory in a speech at a California hotel after he won that state's primary. He didn't get past the kitchen.

There were riots at the Democratic convention in Chicago. Mayor Daley told his cops to break hippie's heads. Humphrey emerged with the nomination.

Nixon ran as the alternative for the Silent Majority with a Secret Plan to end the Vietnam War. Humphrey couldn't get separation from LBJ and the War, before election day and lost. If he had had another month he might have won.

Keith Richards wrote Gimme Shelter.

The year ended with a grace note, as Apollo 8 circled the Moon. The Astronauts read from Genesis as Man saw an Earthrise for the first time.

So 1968 was a fucked up year.

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:32 PM (+7/1f)

299 OK, civil war is just around the corner.

There, does that feel better?

Even though it has no basis?

No ostrich here, just callin' 'em as I see 'em.

I don't see widespread violence, I don't see anything approaching a civil war. I see lots of the awful degradation continuing, some being pushed back just a bit, and people either moving states or continuing their adapt/and become alienated routine where they live.

Nor will there be any de jure division of the country along ideological lines.


Posted by: rhomboid at August 11, 2017 07:32 PM (QDnY+)

300 I do not wish to live among these people any longer, and from their daily purges and witch-hunts

I feel the same way, bro. I used to fancy myself a fairly tolerant person but the perpetually aggrieved and offended have sapped me.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at August 11, 2017 07:32 PM (Tyii7)

301 If you want to hate, then it seems to me that you want the emotional rush liberals have poisoned their politics with. I'm not going to waste my time with investing emotions I don't have to invest.

I don't want to hate them and I don't. Hillary irritates me, but Christ want both she and Al Gore to be filled with the Holy Spirit and saved. People claim that hate gives them energy. I find it just depletes me.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 11, 2017 07:32 PM (iVOAv)

302 I will fuck you all up. I will not allow you to destroy the planet.

Posted by: Al Gore at August 11, 2017 07:32 PM (/qEW2)

303 The Commies are the Reds and always have been.

Posted by: rickl
________

Just look at how bad Ecuador has become since Dave Concepcion took power.

Posted by: FireHorse at August 11, 2017 07:33 PM (zkGZ8)

304 "Almost universally condemned". . . Son, we don't do that here.

Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:33 PM (X9Eva)

305 If we divide into two countries, how long before we get to declare war on them? And maybe take over Mexico and Canada while we're at it? Are there rules about stuff like this?

Posted by: Haley's Buttery Bicsuit at August 11, 2017 07:34 PM (Skx5n)

306 I will fuck you all up.

Sorry, Al. Don't we discuss this before? ;^) I don't want to love you sexually in any way.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 11, 2017 07:34 PM (iVOAv)

307 I see lots of the awful degradation continuing

Yeah, that sounds just awesome. You're good with that?

Posted by: Notorious BFD at August 11, 2017 07:34 PM (Tyii7)

308 **clears throat, nods to trumpet player, keyboardist, and Dat Face Soldier, on accordion. Catchy Balkan polka music begins**

REMOVE AVOCADO. REMOVE FILTHY AVOCADO FROM THE PREMISES.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. All Honor & Glory to Kekistan! at August 11, 2017 07:34 PM (fA1SL)

309 JS, Fagen has been covering Shakedown Street on his current tour. He is here on Wednesday.

Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at August 11, 2017 07:34 PM (PUmDY)

310 >So 1968 was a fucked up year.

2016 - BLM murders cops and gets invited to the White House by a president that used race slurs against white folks

2016 was worse, because we didnt deal with the problem in the 60s

Posted by: Grad School Fool at August 11, 2017 07:35 PM (swEzU)

311 I don't see widespread violence, I don't see anything approaching a civil war. I see lots of the awful degradation continuing, some being pushed back just a bit, and people either moving states or continuing their adapt/and become alienated routine where they live.

And you're ok with that?

That's part of the problem.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 07:35 PM (Jcg9Q)

312 I think the basic situation is this:

It has to get much worse before "serious" politicians start talking about a national divorce.

The left believes we are evil and need to be at best re-educated and enserfed, at worse outright killed. They also believe our wrong thoughts are all that is stopping Utopia.

The left therefore will continue to make things worse any chance they get.

And we will, within a generation, have separation...or war. The one caveat is a charismatic, really moderate, Democrat that could lead the left back from the brink...which I believe to be seriously unlikely.


Posted by: 18-1 at August 11, 2017 07:35 PM (aZq03)

313 RFK was killed by a Palistinian. It was the first Muslim terrorist act on American soil.

Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:35 PM (X9Eva)

314 How about if we just give them California, Oregon, and Washington state; and we keep the rest?



That would give them more land area than they actually currently control, on a county-by-county basis.



Then every Democrat who wants to can move to the newly formed
Californistan, and any that remain can bake their own gay wedding cakes.


We would need to keep either San Diego or Seattle. We need a Pacific port. Geographically, I'd prefer Seattle because I wouldn't want to have the entire Mexican border be abutting Red America, but everything else is in San Diego's favor. The population is more conservative than Seattle, and we have the naval facilities for our Pacific fleet. Can't count on Pearl, you know Hawaii would go blue.

Posted by: Weirddave at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (0otiP)

315 293
You might "act" nice, but in reality you are pathetic, worthless, evil scum. You are my enemy. There is no other path anymore.
Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 07:30 PM (Jcg9Q)


As I've said before, after the 2008 and 2012 elections I went to the supermarket and realized that half the people I saw would have no problem with the government killing me and giving them my stuff.

That's what they voted for, whether they knew it or not.

Posted by: rickl at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (sdi6R)

316 >>Do you think so? I remember it being bad, but I don't remember it being so pervasive. Heck, girls still had to wear dresses to school.

On the other hand, race riots and burning cities were a pretty common occurrence. Not to mention the bombings. Weather Underground, Black Panthers, assorted other crazies weren't just stories back then, they were blowing stuff up.

Today's left is much softer. We have transgenders and pussy hats and other weirdness. Not nearly as violent. When I was in jr high in NJ, our high school was shut down repeatedly for race fights including knife fights. And this wasn't Newark.

Yea, it was at least as pervasive. It never goes away, it just gets beaten back.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (/tuJf)

317 288 You cannot love your brother across the world if you do not love your neighbor across the street.

hahahahahahaha! oh, I crack myself up.
Posted by: wth at August 11, 2017 07:29 PM (2WITp)

I would love to love the neighbor across the street, but her husband would shoot me and Mrs. Mis Hum would probably do the same.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (ZTRlp)

318 313 RFK was killed by a Palistinian. It was the first Muslim terrorist act on American soil.
Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:35 PM (X9Eva)

Don't think he was Muslim.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (IDPbH)

319 "Most of your average Democrats and Republicans still had the same overall goals.
And when there was an issue overseas, everybody was united.
That America is long since dead."

This is frighteningly historical inaccurate. As a nation we more divided from 1968 to 1975 than at any time since the Civil War.

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:37 PM (+7/1f)

320 Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (ZTRlp

LOL

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 11, 2017 07:37 PM (iVOAv)

321 As I've said before, after the 2008 and 2012 elections I went to the supermarket and realized that half the people I saw would have no problem with the government killing me and giving them my stuff.

That's what they voted for, whether they knew it or not.

Posted by: rickl at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (sdi6R)

Yeah I remember you saying that.

Sadly, I must go there now myself and cross paths with some urban degenerates.

Later folks.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 07:37 PM (Jcg9Q)

322 This monumental shift would involve an awful lot of planning from the GOP.

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:38 PM (lwiT4)

323 And maybe take over Mexico and Canada while we're at it? Are there rules about stuff like this?

---

I was wondering how long it would be until Mexico conquered California

Posted by: Buzzsaw90 at August 11, 2017 07:38 PM (vChNs)

324 As a practical matter, there is too much physical infrastructure integration between states, let alone counties.

But moreover, the Left exists to destroy. They define themselves as being in opposition to what the axiomatically declare to be evil... and the good isn't supposed let evil exist.

Even with a split, the Left will continue to fundamentally transform us. They will not live and let live. The ideology must be eradicated.

Posted by: The Political Hat at August 11, 2017 07:38 PM (vBeA5)

325 218; just saw that yesterday.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at August 11, 2017 07:38 PM (KP5rU)

326 This is frighteningly historical inaccurate. As a nation we more divided from 1968 to 1975 than at any time since the Civil War.

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:37 PM (+7/1f)

I thought of that after I wrote it, but still 7 years out of 150 since CW1 is still a pretty small portion.

Posted by: Country Boy at August 11, 2017 07:38 PM (Jcg9Q)

327 You cannot love your brother across the world if you do not love your neighbor across the street.


How do you feel about your neighbor across the street? The guy across the street just moved in and I haven't had a chance to talk to him yet.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at August 11, 2017 07:38 PM (iVOAv)

328 As I've said before, after the 2008 and 2012 elections I went to the
supermarket and realized that half the people I saw would have no
problem with the government killing me and giving them my stuff.

___
I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody

Posted by: barack Obama at August 11, 2017 07:39 PM (aZq03)

329 219 "Most of the advocacy for splitting is done by people who can't deal with any differing opinion or win at the ballot box."

Having recently won at the ballot box kind of crushes this assertion.
Posted by: Huh? at August 11, 2017 07:14 PM (cOANc)

Forget it, he's rolling.

Posted by: Insomniac at August 11, 2017 07:39 PM (0mRoj)

330 In the year 2525, I'll be not alive.

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at August 11, 2017 07:39 PM (6Ll1u)

331 States like IL, CA and CT will go broke. That's when the schadenfreude kicks in,

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:27 PM (+7/1f)


Will go broke? Illinois is long past will

Posted by: TheQuietMan at August 11, 2017 07:39 PM (auHtY)

332 Rhomboid @ 185---- H n' K--------
The insane list price for the H-ampersand-K P30 S Model in 9mm was was 999.99 at Gander, which was bought by Camping World and is going out of business and re-opening as Gander Outdoors. Anyway, the discount price was 600.00, which I deemed reasonable for quality. In addition, with proof of purchase, H n' K will give you 4 extra mags, which normally go for $40 plus per. And I already had a belt slide that fits it. Have not taken it to the range yet.

Posted by: Eromero at August 11, 2017 07:39 PM (zLDYs)

333 Posted by: JackStraw at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (/tuJf)

Was that guy wearing a pussyhat when he tried to assassinate all those Republican softball players?

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:39 PM (IDPbH)

334 his is frighteningly historical inaccurate. As a nation we more divided from 1968 to 1975 than at any time since the Civil War.

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:37 PM (+7/1f)
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I gotta say, I just don't see it that way. That was a fringe movement. This present monster has engulfed half the country.

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:40 PM (lwiT4)

335 If we divide into two countries, how long before we get to declare war on them? And maybe take over Mexico and Canada while we're at it? Are there rules about stuff like this?

Posted by: Haley's Buttery Bicsuit
________

Canada's red/blue divide make two strong alliances with corresponding red/blue American areas. Alberta and Saskatchewan align with Montana and the Dakotas, whereas British Columbia becomes a de facto extension of California-Oregon-Washington. Etc.

Except for Quebec. They stay out of all of this and don't align with either side. As a result, they come out on top.

Which is why Ace learned French.

Open your eyes, people! Ace is agitating for this because he stands to gain the most!!

Posted by: FireHorse at August 11, 2017 07:40 PM (zkGZ8)

336 This is frighteningly historical inaccurate. As a nation we more
divided from 1968 to 1975 than at any time since the Civil War.
***
I'm not sure that's true.

If there had been no draft, what would the 60s have looked like?

Union citizens hated the draft in the Civil War as well...

Posted by: 18-1 at August 11, 2017 07:40 PM (aZq03)

337 >Even with a split, the Left will continue to fundamentally transform us.
They will not live and let live. The ideology must be eradicated.

KA-CHING

You can't eradicate it, but you can beat it down and keep it locked in the closet where it wont do any harm

There are always going to be enough do-gooders and rent-seekers that look to leftism as their road to Utopia

Posted by: Grad School Fool at August 11, 2017 07:40 PM (swEzU)

338 "Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing."

Posted by: Huh? at August 11, 2017 07:41 PM (cOANc)

339 Just look at how bad Ecuador has become since Dave Concepcion took power.

Posted by: FireHorse at August 11, 2017 07:33 PM (zkGZ




Didn't he play for the Cincinnati Reds in the 70s?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at August 11, 2017 07:41 PM (auHtY)

340 Don't think he was Muslim.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (IDPbH)
*****************************

Sirhan Sirhan was a Palestinian and he killed RFK because of his political position toward so called Palestine.

Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:41 PM (X9Eva)

341 I was in college during the above mentioned period. I never felt as if I were going to be killed, raped, shunned, threatened. I never had to take some stupid SJW class from some dope professor. I hd black friends. I had Iranian friends. I was happy. It seemed happy to me.

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:42 PM (lwiT4)

342 grammie hit the nail on the head.
While the 602 were bad Most of the population were still responsible adults.

Now the children have taken over.
Those same children that caused the murder and mayhem of the 60s

and they have raised more bots as they went,. throught universities, media etc.

Its the same mentality but there are many More of Them
and they have irs, epa, intelligence services..etc

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 07:43 PM (FKrah)

343 295
The thing is, those lunatics from back then who caused all that trouble? They're in charge now, and using their power and authority to work toward the literal destruction of old America they always fantasized about.
Posted by: Apostate at August 11, 2017 07:31 PM (I4XwS)


Back in the 60s and 70s it was student radicals who chanted "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Western Civ has got to go!" They were a tiny but vocal minority.

Now it's official policy of college administrators and professors not to teach about Western Civilization, or to teach it only as systematic White oppression.

Posted by: rickl at August 11, 2017 07:43 PM (sdi6R)

344 340 Don't think he was Muslim.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (IDPbH)
*****************************

Sirhan Sirhan was a Palestinian and he killed RFK because of his political position toward so called Palestine.
Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:41 PM (X9Eva)

Just think of what may have been has any of the Kopecknes stood up for the honor of Mary Jo.

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 07:43 PM (ZTRlp)

345 I am no f***ing part of the problem. And where does one come up with the ridiculous idea that "I'm OK with that".

Describing what I see - in pretty graphic terms, and negative ones - is all I'm doing.


Posted by: rhomboid at August 11, 2017 07:43 PM (QDnY+)

346 319 "Most of your average Democrats and Republicans still had the same overall goals.
And when there was an issue overseas, everybody was united.
That America is long since dead."

This is frighteningly historical inaccurate. As a nation we more divided from 1968 to 1975 than at any time since the Civil War.
Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:37 PM (+7/1f)

I used to share that opinion but not anymore. The divisions are revealed beyond just violence.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:44 PM (IDPbH)

347 I gotta say, I just don't see it that way. That was a fringe movement. This present monster has engulfed half the country.
====

I've been hoping that the present monster is not as big or bad as it looks, because of the magnifying effect of the internet, or something.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at August 11, 2017 07:44 PM (PXbkt)

348 I can think of a few dozen major cities I can live without. If only Trump had a friend with enough nuclear weapons....

Posted by: BillC at August 11, 2017 07:44 PM (HqPBH)

349
oh Christ Almighty, I told you before all we have to do is become 1/10th the "activists" the Left are and get in the Republican Shits' faces

Those Tea Party rallies WORKED.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- bolded because it's a good'un at August 11, 2017 07:44 PM (qyXjk)

350 I'm not really fearing a group whose theme song is "It's Raining Men".
Posted by: Tinfoilbaby



We have 200 million guns and 8 trillion rounds of ammo.
They can't figure which bathroom to use.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 11, 2017 07:45 PM (U76Nz)

351 278 I am not taking another bar exam.
Posted by: Cosmic Charlie at August 11, 2017 07:27 PM (PUmDY)

*fistbump*

Death first.

Posted by: Insomniac at August 11, 2017 07:45 PM (0mRoj)

352 All I know is that the factory that builds the F-15, F-16, F-18, F-35 is located in Ft Worth Texas...

Cruz 2018
Republic of Tejas

Posted by: Curtis LeMay at August 11, 2017 07:45 PM (DpOmP)

353 Plus, I'm increasingly fond of Guam - which I didn't even know was ours until, like, yesterday. Let's trade it for Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Posted by: Haley's Buttery Bicsuit at August 11, 2017 07:46 PM (Skx5n)

354 West Coast can have itself. Northeast can have itself. South and Midwest can be well-served by the Gulf and the Mississippi River. We pay tariff to ship to the West Coast if we want that access. Minnesota - well, f*ck them, they can join Canada.

Plenty of land, water, and infrastructure. California, New York, and Texas each act as a main driver of industry. Louisiana - you'll be part of Texas now because someone needs to take care of that Port of New Orleans. Virginia - you have 24 hours to decide, and NOT ONE SECOND MORE.

Posted by: Dude at August 11, 2017 07:46 PM (Cmhox)

355 I think God is ok if you hate Al Gore.

I believe it is why He allows Al Gore to exist.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 11, 2017 07:46 PM (5VlCp)

356 anyway, have a lovely evening, I hope for answers by tomorrow . ( I keed)

nite all.

Posted by: willow at August 11, 2017 07:46 PM (FKrah)

357 Goodnite willow - see you tomorrow.

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:47 PM (lwiT4)

358 In a lot of ways, this is a version of the conversation currently raging among AnCap and hard libertarian thinkers.

Physical removal, they call it. It is an alternative to civil war.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. All Honor & Glory to Kekistan! at August 11, 2017 07:47 PM (fA1SL)

359

340 Don't think he was Muslim.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (IDPbH)
*****************************

Sirhan Sirhan was a Palestinian and he killed RFK because of his political position toward so called Palestine.
Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:41 PM (X9Eva)

Yes but he wasn't Muslim.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:47 PM (IDPbH)

360
But keep talking and pipe-dreaming about secession and civil wars.

Let's just skip the easy stuff like going to the offices of R's and D's and disrupting their sorry asses until they cry uncle.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- bolded because it's a good'un at August 11, 2017 07:47 PM (qyXjk)

361 Back in the 60s and 70s it was student radicals who chanted "Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Western Civ has got to go!" They were a tiny but vocal minority.

Now it's official policy of college administrators and professors not to teach about Western Civilization, or to teach it only as systematic White oppression.
Posted by: rickl at August 11, 2017 07:43 PM (sdi6R)



Ding... Ding... Ding...


We have a winner...

Posted by: Kingman Brewster at August 11, 2017 07:47 PM (DpOmP)

362 >>Was that guy wearing a pussyhat when he tried to assassinate all those Republican softball players?

That was one incident. There are always incidents of violence. But to pretend that it is as overall violent today as it was in the late 60s and early 70s or the country is more divided is silly. Its not.

Our media has become more openly activist and that goes a long way towards shaping opinion but it is not worse today than it was then. Not even close.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 11, 2017 07:49 PM (/tuJf)

363 Secession to save chattel slavery=bad
Secession w/o to save chattel slavery=July 4, 1776

Posted by: Ruth at August 11, 2017 07:49 PM (loZXu)

364 Shit was far worse. 1968 alone, FFS.

Posted by: Ignoramus at August 11, 2017 07:24 PM (+7/1f)
============================

Do you think so? I remember it being bad, but I don't remember it being so pervasive. Heck, girls still had to wear dresses to school.
Posted by: grammie winger


Yes.1967 and 1968. Race riots, draft and anti-war riots, people getting killed in the street. The SDS and Weathermen were growing in street power, as were the Black Panthers.

Nobody could have seen 1968 from 1960, just 8 years before. Ike was just finishing 8 years of his presidency.

And from 1968, nobody could have seen 1976 and then 1980, when Reagan was elected.

Times change. We are at a watershed moment (again) in America. As someone else said, we will likely become one thing or another.

Lastly, a civil war, or civil separation? The police organs of the Nation (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc) are watching for trouble, and would stomp on a lot of nascent, start up separatist movements. It will likely be completely out in the open (like the CalExit movement) or take us all by complete surprise. I don't know how people can actually organize without the Federal Gov. knowing about it.

Posted by: Bozo Conservative....outlaw in America at August 11, 2017 07:49 PM (S6Pax)

365 Yes but he wasn't Muslim.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:47 PM (IDPbH)
=================================

His family was Greek Orthodox and they sent him to Lutheran school.

I think I may have spotted the problem

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:49 PM (lwiT4)

366 359

340 Don't think he was Muslim.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:36 PM (IDPbH)
*****************************

Sirhan Sirhan was a Palestinian and he killed RFK because of his political position toward so called Palestine.
Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 07:41 PM (X9Eva)

Yes but he wasn't Muslim.
Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:47 PM (IDPbH)

Don't assassins had to have three names, or at least a middle initial? I thought it was a requirement. James Earl Ray, Lee Harvey Oswald, John F. Hinkley...

Posted by: Insomniac at August 11, 2017 07:50 PM (0mRoj)

367 "Let's just skip the easy stuff like going to the offices of R's and D's and disrupting their sorry asses until they cry uncle. "

Some would call your optimism naivety.

Posted by: Huh? at August 11, 2017 07:50 PM (cOANc)

368 365 Yes but he wasn't Muslim.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:47 PM (IDPbH)
=================================

His family was Greek Orthodox and they sent him to Lutheran school.

I think I may have spotted the problem
Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:49 PM (lwiT4

JELLO SALAD

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at August 11, 2017 07:50 PM (ZTRlp)

369 As a young kid, I watched the killing of RFK live , Rosie helped .

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at August 11, 2017 07:50 PM (6Ll1u)

370 It's actually easier than you think. Remember that the Left gifted us with a takeover of public schools. We get federal standards for schools. Why not use it? Demand civics classes and American History (without Zinn). Impose standards on school textbooks, that lean Right not Left. Whip universities back in line, like cutting off student aid until they use their endowments. We could make major changes for the future of this country, if we had the will to use the tools in the way the Left does.

Posted by: notsothoreau at August 11, 2017 07:51 PM (JKNZq)

371 365 Yes but he wasn't Muslim.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:47 PM (IDPbH)
=================================

His family was Greek Orthodox and they sent him to Lutheran school.

I think I may have spotted the problem
Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:49 PM (lwiT4)

All those Jello molds stirred up a murderous rage.

Posted by: Insomniac at August 11, 2017 07:51 PM (0mRoj)

372 "352 All I know is that the factory that builds the F-15, F-16, F-18, F-35 is located in Ft Worth Texas...

Cruz 2018
Republic of Tejas " The f-35 boondoggle is made in tx, those other actually working proven war machine are built in St Louis and always have been, man Texans are almost as dumb as Californians, kinda like new Yorkers except mostly likable

Posted by: JoshO at August 11, 2017 07:51 PM (qG7Of)

373 Jack Sock is right.

Sirhan Sirhan was more like a Gavrilo Princep. Princep didn't give a rat's fart about the filioque formula or about the Essential Unity Of Allah. He wanted a Bosnia freed from Austria (and shackled to Serbia).

Likewise, Sirhan was Christian, sort of, but mostly just wanted a Judenrein Palestine.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at August 11, 2017 07:51 PM (6FqZa)

374 ***Louisiana - you'll be part of Texas now

"We'll take the Ninjas and the Kinks but we don't want the Cajuns!"

Posted by: Dave at Buffalo Roam at August 11, 2017 07:52 PM (ma/0a)

375 Plus, I'm increasingly fond of Guam

That's fine but you must be under two hundred pounds to go there safely.

Posted by: Hank Johnson at August 11, 2017 07:52 PM (Tyii7)

376 It's time for Trump to plant The Tree of Liberty on the Capitol Mall...

Posted by: Thomas Jefferson at August 11, 2017 07:52 PM (DpOmP)

377 Sorry, John W. Hinckley

Posted by: Insomniac at August 11, 2017 07:52 PM (0mRoj)

378 Yes.1967 and 1968. Race riots, draft and anti-war riots, people
getting killed in the street. The SDS and Weathermen were growing in
street power, as were the Black Panthers.
====================


Agreed. But was any of that excused? Was any of that celebrated or cheered on by Americans? Did the MFM cover for them night after night after night? Were they held up in a place of honor?


No. Americans were a much more sensible people then.

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:52 PM (lwiT4)

379 Posted by: JackStraw at August 11, 2017 07:49 PM (/tuJ

The 99% of the violence in the 60's was all about race.

Posted by: Jack Straw at August 11, 2017 07:52 PM (IDPbH)

380 Blue America would never survive. They produce nothing but hatred, and hatred needs an outlet.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at August 11, 2017 07:52 PM (Co0uP)

381 Grammie,

I think the 1968 high school experience was a bit different in the California Bay Area, where I was. We started the move away from dresses about that time.

Posted by: notsothoreau at August 11, 2017 07:53 PM (JKNZq)

382 Soothsayer- I agree and we are going to have a chance to do that very thing shortly.

The Freedom caucus has filed a discharge petition to repeal ocare with no amendments. Needs 218 votes to pass. No Donks needed.

Now will be the time to chew your representatives ass like a pit bull and the vote will be there for all to see.

Posted by: Ben Had at August 11, 2017 07:53 PM (JqbcQ)

383 No. No, no, no, no and no.

Not on my watch. If this country could survive a civil war it can survive its current crazy. Which is still words mostly.

To break the country up is skipping all the middle steps...like people using the rights they have in the current system. Which many don't b/c....hell if I know.

I hoped Damore would be a flashpoint, and he has. Even more than I imagined possible. And I see pushback in other areas too. Finally.

We are citizens who relatives fought and died for this country. Real blood and souls lost. If I can't deal with the current mess & jackwagons, and do my duty as a citizen, then I should be ashamed of myself.

But no. Not breaking up, not dividing, not letting some progressive narrative break apart the country. Not on my watch. Not by my hand.

ahem. drops the mic....


Posted by: Gorilla Guru at August 11, 2017 07:53 PM (w+ODn)

384 Where does that Mormon school get all their fat football players? I want that place in our new country, too.

Posted by: Haley's Buttery Bicsuit at August 11, 2017 07:54 PM (Skx5n)

385 Sirhan Sirhan was a Rosicrucian. He was Palestinian and killed RFK because of his support of Israel. His diary was full of anti Semitic stuff.

The Blind Sheikh claimed that he was one of theirs though.

Posted by: blaster at August 11, 2017 07:54 PM (c7mrF)

386 The absolute best aspect of a breakup is that Washington, DC would cease business as a tyrannical power. It might reconstitute as two other federal capitals, but DC would die.

And therein lies the real irony of this leftist fantasy of Calexit: federalism. Real, no shit federalism would address almost every concern of the left (and right for that matter).

Imagine that Washington DC ONLY handled what it constitutionally should. It would have very little political power since that power would reside in the states. Each state would be free to fly its freak flag as much as it wanted (looking at you, California).

Want unbridled socialism? Go for it , Vermont, but don't expect, say, Oklahoma to underwrite your little experiment in equality. You're on your own.

Louisiana wants legal prostitution? Fine. Iowa wants to legalize smoking dope? That's really up to Iowa. Washington, DC can fuck all.

Of course, when the left gets power, they feel the need to inflict their destructive ideas and policies on EVERYONE whether they like it or not.

As Ace has said: Every knee shall be made to bend. It's not about the knee; it's not about the bending.

It's about the making.

The left caused this.

Posted by: Blutarski-esque 0.0 at August 11, 2017 07:55 PM (Y6JzV)

387 Posted by: Insomniac at August 11, 2017 07:50 PM (0mRoj)

His friends called him Sirhan Sirhan Sirhan.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:55 PM (IDPbH)

388 I just think you forget that most people don't worry much about who's running the govenment. That was the left's fatal mistake, in a way--Obamacare forced everyone to pay attention, and vote the bad guys out (which they did, and are still doing) .
The left lost an election; to the vast majority of people a civil war is not even on the radar.

Posted by: artemis at August 11, 2017 07:55 PM (AwPyG)

389 We started the move away from dresses about that time.

Posted by: notsothoreau at August 11, 2017 07:53 PM (JKNZq)
=================================

I finally got to wear jeans to school my last year of high school, but only on Fridays.

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:55 PM (lwiT4)

390 All due respect Ace, but do you travel in the world outside your basement? I'm a fucking libertarian/conservative in true blue MA and have no trouble living peacefully with my neighbors. We disagree about politics, policy, and Trump but somehow manage to live our lives, side by side, without violence or threats of same.

Step out of your hidey hole and interact with some real people. Ignore the click bait and loud mouth SJWs and Alt-Right dbs.

Posted by: steve walsh at August 11, 2017 07:55 PM (clx/U)

391 His friends called him Sirhan Sirhan Sirhan.
====

And his pronouns were xirhan/xirhan.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at August 11, 2017 07:56 PM (PXbkt)

392 I was in college during the above mentioned period. I never felt as if I were going to be killed, raped, shunned, threatened. I never had to take some stupid SJW class from some dope professor. I hd black friends. I had Iranian friends. I was happy. It seemed happy to me.
Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:42 PM (lwiT4)

Yup.....GW is correct. I once, many moons ago, had some Nation of Islam types in my employ. I would talk with them and they would explain their position on hating whitey and how blah blah blah. I would tell them as a child of God you can't think like that and that if they didn't get back to work their black asses would be joining the Nation of Unemployed. They laughed, I laughed and we went back to work and hating on each other. But no violence, not even close.

Today? Forget it.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at August 11, 2017 07:56 PM (5VlCp)

393
If we chose 1 D and 1 R each day to call and harangue, we could change things.

Imagine millions of us acting in coordinated efforts....

But let's instead fantasize about secession.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- bolded because it's a good'un at August 11, 2017 07:56 PM (qyXjk)

394 Ace--wouldn't it be easier for those of us on the right to locate Galt's Gulch and move there?

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at August 11, 2017 07:57 PM (TdMsT)

395 Biggest problem is the exit fee. Who is going to be stuck with the bill? There is $60,000 of national debt per person, and about ten or twenty times that in unfunded mandates. Add to that the fact that only about a third of the population works and no area will be able to buy its way out because it brings the day of reckoning forward to the present.

But ultimately, a version of that may be what happens. The government will become strapped enough for cash that it will let people buy their own emancipation. You can have all of these government "services" or you can pay us a fee and we will leave you be. Sound absurd? Don't think that it can happen? Then what do you call Obamacare?

Posted by: Thatch at August 11, 2017 07:57 PM (GxTZq)

396 All those Jello molds stirred up a murderous rage.
--------
Copper poisoning!

Posted by: the aluminum industry at August 11, 2017 07:57 PM (mJ8mX)

397 As Ace has said: Every knee shall be made to bend. It's not about the knee; it's not about the bending.

It's about the making.

The left caused this.
Posted by: Blutarski-esque



I have said here before, I'll never make the camps. But I'm not taking the trip to hell alone. At least one is coming with me.

Posted by: rickb223 at August 11, 2017 07:57 PM (U76Nz)

398
The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease

In politics, it's: The Squeaky Wheel Makes Politicians Shit Bricks

Posted by: Soothsayer -- bolded because it's a good'un at August 11, 2017 07:58 PM (qyXjk)

399 His friends called him Sirhan Sirhan Sirhan.

Posted by: Jack Sock at August 11, 2017 07:55 PM (IDPbH)


His favorite band is Duran Duran

Posted by: TheQuietMan at August 11, 2017 07:58 PM (auHtY)

400 394. Why? They'll just follow us there.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine. All Honor & Glory to Kekistan! at August 11, 2017 07:58 PM (fA1SL)

401 ICE-T NOOD

Posted by: Skip at August 11, 2017 07:58 PM (pPKG5)

402 Okay, late but....

1st, I agree that secession/"divorce" is preferable to the present hellhole.

2nd, if we're going to do it, though, we need to revise the constitution and put safeguards in place to prevent infestation by leftists. See Kurt Schlichter's suggestion of full citizenship being tied to military service, or something similar.

3rd, we ought to be laying the groundwork for this now. If you live in a blue state, move to a red area within it or to a red state. (I'm in Missouri so I can talk, but still.) Start talking up the possibility. Cut contact with leftist individuals and organizations as much as possible.

But I agree with the people up top that this is going to involve violence at some point, and we should be prepared for that.

Posted by: T at August 11, 2017 07:58 PM (Vgw1E)

403 381 Grammie,

I think the 1968 high school experience was a bit different in the California Bay Area, where I was. We started the move away from dresses about that time.
Posted by: notsothoreau at August 11, 2017 07:53 PM (JKNZq)

My sister graduated in 71 I think. She had to wear dresses. Small town California.

Posted by: CaliGirl at August 11, 2017 07:58 PM (Ri/rl)

404 Actually, I think people would be surprised how many "leftists" and rich Democrats would choose to live in a Red America, if the country divided. Illegal immigrants, refugees, and, sorry, criminals of all types will most likely gravitate towards the Blue America. Red America will be safer, better schools, jobs probably more plentiful. And, at some point, Blue America, with all their welfare programs and handouts, will run out of money. Look how all these Democrats are now moving to places like Texas, which are Republican run.

Posted by: sydney jane at August 11, 2017 07:59 PM (Ak/B3)

405 As long as we control the Mississippi River basin, the remainder of the country can be jettisoned.

Posted by: BubblePuppy7 at August 11, 2017 08:00 PM (QwQ7i)

406 The thing about the violence in 1968 and thereabouts was that it was concentrated in some cities and universities. Most people in the suburbs and rural areas were completely untouched by it, and only saw it on the news.

Posted by: rickl at August 11, 2017 08:01 PM (sdi6R)

407 It won't work because we'll just end up subsidizing their failed state just enough to prevent a refugee crisis.

Posted by: weew at August 11, 2017 08:01 PM (XDbRa)

408 >>The 99% of the violence in the 60's was all about race.

Just not true. FLAN alone did over a hundred bombings on the mainland US never mind PR, in the 70s and it had nothing to do with race.

Did you miss the Vietnam War protests? Hell, all anti-war protests? They led the foundation for today's lefty political and academic classes.

I don't know where you lived or what you were doing in the late 60s and 70s but I lived in blue areas where protests actually happened and it I still do and it was definitely more violent then and it wasn't all racial.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 11, 2017 08:02 PM (/tuJf)

409 Step out of your hidey hole and interact with some real people.

Spot on! By the way, are your dues current?

Posted by: The Life Coaches Association at August 11, 2017 08:04 PM (Tyii7)

410 "If we chose 1 D and 1 R each day to call and harangue, we could change things.

Imagine millions of us acting in coordinated efforts....

But let's instead fantasize about secession."

In the history of the country, secession has actually happened, while the elites have never, no matter the incentive, given a shit about the people.

So save the condescension when you talk about fantasies, thanks.

Posted by: Huh? at August 11, 2017 08:04 PM (cOANc)

411 >>>Step out of your hidey hole and interact with some real people. Ignore the click bait and loud mouth SJWs and Alt-Right dbs.
Posted by: steve walsh at August 11, 2017 07:55 PM (clx/U)


I don't know what world you're living in, but everything I've seen and heard since November testifies to the exact opposite of what you're claiming. My mother rarely pays attention to news and politics, but even she commented this spring that the atmosphere is more on-edge than she's ever seen. Maybe you should do some research yourself.

Posted by: T at August 11, 2017 08:05 PM (Vgw1E)

412 394. Why? They'll just follow us there

/ thread

Posted by: Huh? at August 11, 2017 08:05 PM (cOANc)

413 At the risk of having people come down on me like a ton of bricks...it is not just the left responsible for this. It is the left & the right.

Which forefather, or whomever, said people get the government they deserve?

I've been watching the unraveling for over 16 years...that's around where I peg it. And there's plenty of crow to eat on both sides. There's a lot of blame to go around.

But let's just fix it. I'm so disgusted. And hungry. I really need some food.

Posted by: Gorilla Guru at August 11, 2017 08:07 PM (w+ODn)

414 No. Americans were a much more sensible people then.

Posted by: grammie winger - I want to be a paperback writer at August 11, 2017 07:52 PM (lwiT4)

Absolutely.
The Panthers and Ayers were not hailed as social heroes they went to jail. Bill Ayers didn't go to prison because he was a little rich boy. SDS took trips to the jailhouse also.

There were no marches in the street for their honor.

Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 08:11 PM (X9Eva)

415 ...depends entirely on what the question means. Geopolitically, maybe, but America is dead these many years.

Posted by: doug at August 11, 2017 08:11 PM (HlhEB)

416 Thread dried up like a damned prune.

Posted by: The Life Coaches Association at August 11, 2017 08:13 PM (Tyii7)

417 I don't know where you lived or what you were doing in the late 60s and 70s but I lived in blue areas where protests actually happened and it I still do and it was definitely more violent then and it wasn't all racial.

Posted by: JackStraw at August 11, 2017 08:02 PM (/tuJf)
****************************

Exactly, in the 60s it was terrible in some isolated blue areas, in the rest of the nation it was quite normal. Today, terrible is everywhere.

Posted by: gNewt at August 11, 2017 08:13 PM (X9Eva)

418 122 I have no idea how all this might work out, but more ammo.
Posted by: Cloyd Freud, Unemployed at August 11, 2017 06:55 PM (398bZ)

Palmetto State Armory has a pretty good price on 420 round cans of Lake City 5.56x45, plus a $20/can rebate from Federal, and free shipping on two cans or more.

FWIW, received my order today...

Posted by: Bacon Jeff at August 11, 2017 08:36 PM (3JQ/p)

419 The problem is that the political class won't hear of it. You think they're opposed to Trump? You ain't seen nothing yet.

Posted by: George LeS at August 11, 2017 08:50 PM (+TcCF)

420 Ctrl-left will never allow flyover country/counties to separate. Those socialist parasites need something to feed on to survive.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at August 11, 2017 08:57 PM (P/kVC)

421
Forget breaking apart. The progs aren't going to go away no matter WHAT is conceded.

Better they be crushed and the country return to the blueprint that allowed us to flourish.

Long ago, I swore an oath (many of you here swore the same one) with no expiration date.

It's time to fulfill that oath.

With whatever means it entails. I love this country and am willing to give my all for it.

Old I may be but there is one more good rodeo left in me and the country's survival is worth it.

Posted by: irongrampa at August 11, 2017 09:00 PM (S/hVx)

422 ...and lose superpower status and world influence? no thanks. I like being an imperialist (and I'm not kidding).

Posted by: SGTYork at August 11, 2017 09:11 PM (ITvKk)

423 States/Territories voted themselves into the Union; they can vote themselves out again.

Posted by: Mary at August 11, 2017 09:11 PM (2ly7u)

424 I think we can divorce but cohabitate.

People should be able to decide if they want to be citizens of the USA-A or USA-B

Citizens of USA-A would get free healthcare, free college, free pensions, and a guaranteed minimum wage. But they would have to pay the taxes necessary to support these programs.

Citizens of USA-B would have to arrange all of these things privately, but taxes will be much lower, and the government would pretty much leave them alone.

Somethings like roads or infrastructure we have to be shared, but these things could be worked out government to government.

There's no reason for anybody to move. My neighbor can be a citizen of USA-A, and as long as he doesn't bother me, I don't care.

Posted by: Gridlock at August 11, 2017 09:30 PM (N+zBw)

425 So what's to stop liberal losers from shifting into Red America and then just starting their agitation there?

Seventy five years is not a long time in the lifetime of a country--ours, yes, as we're young, but I mean with the future ahead and leftists just having finally achieved (in this scenario) a chunk of what they want. OK they want more, so they continue patiently dividing in the now-smaller country they seek to take over. Do we then face losing a big chunk of THAT smaller country in less than a century?

Within less time in the future than our nation has already existed, they will have stolen the entire thing for themselves, and the last portion might not even be that difficult for them because we'll have shrunk so much in population and defense capabilities it'll be a cakewalk for them.

And, Ace, that "GOP is really liberal" angle you mention--you're right, as we here in Alaska saw (and have seen before) with Lisa Murkowski (and other states have seen it). I'm not convinced that will help us in the way you think it will, but rather just enable a speedier capitulation.

I joke a lot about California getting TFO, but in reality I say f*** them, let them feel the squeeze. Enact laws that dictate filming movies in the US (so they have to pay higher taxes), continue on the path of keeping money from sanctuary cities, make them and other states pay their own BS marketplace costs even though it will lead them down the tubes to construct their own idiotic one-payer systems, punish states that try to dictate to others what they can and cannot do.

Alaska fought to be a state against that very same BS, forced to dodge roadblocks because our existence as a state got in the way of Washington State's smooth operations and pocket-lining. I actually wasn't alive when this was being fought out, but today I'll be damed if I'll give up one red inch of Alaskan land.

Apart from that, all of this is my country, not just Alaska, and while I finished my four years already, the commitment was for all of it, and is for a lifetime, so I have no plans to allow anyone to easily destroy my beautiful country, not by direct attack, not by infiltration, not by piecemeal grabs. And none of our ancestors or brothers and sisters died so we could simply hand it all over to those who will complete the destruction, who don't give a sh** about the real meaning of liberty, and who dance on the graves of those who fell for them.

This country is not without flaws, but it is also beautiful and filled with amazing people who have done and can do more to make a better life than any other country on the planet, and there is no way in heaven or hell I will give up what God gifted to me and the rest of Americans, the luckiest people on the planet.

Posted by: Lisl at August 11, 2017 09:37 PM (OAB5z)

426 "... .and lose superpower status and world influence? no thanks. I like being an imperialist (and I'm not kidding)."

Totally with you.

Posted by: Lisl at August 11, 2017 09:39 PM (OAB5z)

427 Again, a simple DOS attack on the EBT system and every Blue City State would be in flames inside of 2 weeks. Food riots that would make Ferguson look like a picnic.

Like Sparta, the Left is hamstrung by an enslaved urban population. 3rd generation welfare brats who have never known anything other than government cheese. That's "their" money, by God, and "whitey.will pay" for the interruption in EBT. If you think they go crazy looting sneakers and wide screen TVs, wait until they are litterally starving. I predict 30% mortatlity amount the SJWs as the angry mobs expand into the elite parts of the cities.

Two weeks tops. Every Blue City State in flames. Then we talk about divorce. For bonus points, cut off the water to California.

Posted by: Fen at August 11, 2017 09:39 PM (LWzfR)

428 I'll be back home in Texas. You guys are all welcome to come, but only if Ace verified your identity.

Posted by: Fen at August 11, 2017 09:45 PM (LWzfR)

429 What's the first step of Divide and Conquer again? I'm having a brain freeze...

Posted by: hoodaticus at August 11, 2017 09:51 PM (vitRc)

430
ace,

Divorce sounds hunky dory to me.
But I believe the real objection such a divorce would face is that Blue Amerika would refuse to let go its power over us Red bumpkins.

Besides, what massive chunk of the seaboard would Blue Amerika shrug and say, "Yeah, they can have that."?
I don't see it.

Assholes like John McCain and Lindsey Grahamnasty would likely insist on a military solution to such proposals.


Posted by: Cold Civil War at August 11, 2017 09:54 PM (Z2PYk)

431 I'd be happy to move for the opportunity to live with limited government freedom and liberty.

However, I've recently become alarmed to see just how many 'conservatives' think government programs (retirement / healthcare) are necessary and desirable.

So I would not be interested in moving just to find myself in the same place a few years down the road.

Posted by: lily at August 11, 2017 10:23 PM (5Rl8X)

432 America is already divided: New England and Every Other Place.

Posted by: Hit by Irony at August 11, 2017 10:56 PM (0Jeuy)

433 I propose the following:a ballot with all 50 states listed on it. "Choose one state to throw out of the Union. You may vote for the last state you claimed residency in." Whoever gets the most votes gets voted out. CA would get the boot, i guarantee it and that's 70% of the problems gone. Blue CA, who voted to leave, would then turn into Mad Max. Red CA, who also voted to leave for totally different reasons, would hold their ground until the fires went out. Cut Jerry Brown's carcass down from the tree where the residents of Compton hanged him, re write CA's constitution, then apply to rejoin the Union.

Posted by: hurricane567 at August 11, 2017 11:44 PM (9rz0Q)

434 A Calexit would solve most our problems, 55 electoral college votes for Dems gone.

We should be on the inside of that pushing it. At the very leadt, get .CA to split into 4-5 states to liberate the remaining Americans.

Posted by: Fen at August 12, 2017 12:11 AM (LWzfR)

435 We have major military installations on both coasts that we can't cede to the Left. If the entire west coast separates, plus Hawaii, we'd be hard pressed to support any military obligations in the Pacific (assuming there would be any after the split. Maybe we'd be too internally-focused to care.).

Posted by: Anonymous at August 12, 2017 12:48 AM (v5uOx)

436 There may be a silver lining to a separation. After separation, if the Lefties keep trying to undermine the Red nation, that could be seen as an act of war, and we would then be justified in invading them. That state-on-state, Westphalian thing.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 12, 2017 12:53 AM (v5uOx)

437 If you really want to return power to the states vice the federal government, repeal the 17th Amendment and let the states determine how to select their senators. The senate was supposed to represent the states, while the House represents the people.

The popular election of senators now allows their allegiance to parties at the national level. Repeal of the 17 Amendment breaks that.

If a senator goes against state sentiment (e.g., McCain), the governor can reel him in, or even replace him.

And if we now have 33 states in Republican hands, that would translate to 66 Republican senators. Who says we couldn't get sh*t done now?

Posted by: Anonymous at August 12, 2017 12:59 AM (v5uOx)

438 So if we do this can we then legally hunt hippies for sport?

Posted by: Max at August 12, 2017 01:07 AM (tWkhJ)

439 Yes, repealing the 17th Amendment is vital, regardless of what else is done. Note that the 17th was one of the earliest "progressive reforms" of the Constitution. It turned out to be a giant step towards a centralized national government.

Posted by: rickl at August 12, 2017 01:37 AM (sdi6R)

440 Delusional.

God created North America to conquer the world.

North America is the world's best and most immune engine of capital creation. The Mississippi drainage basin and intracoastal waterway are easy access to the largest chunk of arable land on Earth, Atlantic to the Rockies, Montana to Alabama. Shipping goods by water is 15 times cheaper than shipping by land, even today. This engine of free capital is secured by tundra to the north, desert to the south, a 3000 mile wide moat to the east, and a 13000 mile wide moat to the west.

An engine of empire so potent will not be amicably split into castrated pieces just because the current generations are having temper tantrums.

As was the case when Cavaliers faced Roundheads, when Loyalists faced Patriots, and when Johnny Reb faced Billy Yank, one side will see its dreams crushed and the other side will ride its ideals to immanentization.

The engine of empire will march on.

Posted by: DJohn1 at August 12, 2017 01:56 AM (9R/JQ)

441 Avoiding a Bloody Civil War:

Barack Obama, head of the Resistance, and President Donald J. Trump stand on a Mississippi River bank and flip a coin (and not one of those Hillary coins). Heads gets East of the River, Tails west. Already blue Hawaii goes to Barry. DJT gets Alaska.

Then comes what historians will call the Great Sorting. A time of choosing. A great multi-directional migration forming two nation states.

Moments after the coin toss:

DJT: You know the first thing I'm going to do is build a Wall, right? A Big, Beautiful Wall, and you're going to pay for it.
Obama: OH SHIT

Posted by: Sojourner at August 12, 2017 02:13 AM (+l9uX)

442 Humanity doesn't avoid wars.

Humanity fights wars.

I don't know how events will play out in CONUS; maybe overt civil war, maybe Weimar style street militias fighting it out until "The Party" comes to power. But one side will be crushed, the other victorious.

God's own engine of world conquest will not be dismembered because a few generations have a temper tantrum.

Posted by: DJohn1 at August 12, 2017 02:21 AM (9R/JQ)

443 439 Yes, repealing the 17th Amendment is vital, regardless of what else is done. Note that the 17th was one of the earliest "progressive reforms" of the Constitution. It turned out to be a giant step towards a centralized national government.
Posted by: rickl at August 12, 2017 01:37 AM (sdi6R)

I don't see a repeal of the 17th Amendment doing much at this point. You'll just go from popularly elected Senators bringing home the bacon to state legislator elected Senators bringing home the bacon (and under orders to do so from state governments to make up state government shortfalls.

Hence I am neither for nor against, and it's not the panacea some advocates think it is. (If the 17th Amendment was repealed, no way in hell Ted Cruz gets elected to the Senate, not with that repulsive gang of statists in the Texas Legislature.)

Posted by: CatchThirtyThr33 at August 12, 2017 04:06 AM (SlDR3)

444 Let me get this straight.

We lose elections, and we get to live under every insane law, regulation, court decision, and whim the left can come up with, because shut up whiner.

We win, and they get to ignore it. They rule the states they control as if the election never happened, and- not satisfied- they then demand the country be broken up as well, to suit them better.

I say the Hell with these people. Let them live under sanity for while and maybe they'll begin to understand why government should be limited. Failing that, fuck off, vermin. Go to Venezuela where your true home really is.

But in any case don't pretend any national divorce will be peaceful. Expect conservatives to be cleansed from any leftist-controlled area, violently, and expect leftists in red states to demand to be left alone to live and agitate for their vile brand of crazy. They won't.

That's the starting point. Because people are people, it will go down hill from there, quickly and bloodily. Leftists and Americans don't like each other any more, which is why this topic is at hand.

Interesting times, as the saying goes.

Posted by: Xennady at August 12, 2017 04:06 AM (kjjqn)

445 Ace is correct, those saying there are no natural boundaries....who cares?

But once divorce happens, both sides renounce the ability to travel freely in the other side and are subject to whatever immigration laws that country has. And we put up a border wall immediately. I don't want all their progressive immigrants coming back to civilization when their communism wet dreams end exactly how everyone told them it would and it becomes Lord of the Flies.

Posted by: Chuck Finley at August 12, 2017 11:56 AM (Zaak5)

446 Anyone for the "Snow Crash" scenario?

Posted by: Abelard Lindsey at August 12, 2017 12:39 PM (SWqdf)

447 446 Anyone for the "Snow Crash" scenario?

Posted by: Abelard Lindsey at August 12, 2017 12:39 PM (SWqdf)

================

I haven't heard of that book by Neal Stephenson, but it's now on my reading list -- thanks.

I've been waiting for hyperinflation in America for 30 years. I suppose one day I'll be right; have to believe it will happen within the next 30 years at this rate.

Some sharp folks over at ZeroHedge explain that we haven't seen it here yet because we've exported it to other (mostly third-world) nations. Also the fact that the US Dollar is still the world's reserve currency, and once that goes ...

I suspect those reasons as well as some of it being hidden in the various debt bubbles here like the stock market along with the numerous debt bubbles in virtually every other country on the planet.

Posted by: ShainS at August 12, 2017 02:29 PM (ZcAbN)

448 We are not destroying the Republic in order to save it. Try and you will start a three-way civil war.

Going back to the old Federal model would do most of what you want, along with overturning unConstitutional decisions like Obergefell and Reynolds vs Sims.

Posted by: Phil Ossiferz Stone at August 12, 2017 02:46 PM (TlVL7)

449 A two (2) state solution for America is easy.
Do this county by county, based on the 2016 presidential election results.
Those counties that voted for Trump would stay in the United States of America, USA.
Those counties that voted for Hillary would become part of the new Soviet States of America, SSA.
This is a natural solution because
1. it would satisfy the conservatives who believe in the US Constitution, the rule of law, freedom, and free market economics.
2. it would satisfy the Marxist/communists/socialists who want to live in a communist utopia, much like Chicago or NYC.
So, for instance, California would be split in two: the coastal areas would be in the SSA, while the inland areas, including the food growing Central Valley, would remain in the USA.
Similar situations would evolve in Illinois, Michigan, and New York.
The end result would be that all the people that work growing food, for instance, would be in the USA.
Religious folks could freely practice their religions, live in harmony with their families, and be productive.
Many urban manufacturing areas would be in the SSA.
Liberals could finally adopt big government as the basic social unit and get rid of families, much like they already have done in most big cities.
This is a win/win situation!


Posted by: TomJohnson at August 12, 2017 04:27 PM (uNXCo)

450 I live in a suburb of Seattle.

I like where I live.

Election to decide?

Eff that shit. I have no problem killing the leftist bastards until the right becomes the majority.

BTW, Trump got 7% in Seattle.

I'll be busy, apparently.


Posted by: LeftCoast Dawg at August 12, 2017 05:56 PM (UsCnO)

451 So we separate? So what? Do you think they will let you stay in your red state unmolested? Of course not. They will start to agitate to move the window leftward in your red state, just like they did in formerly red America.

Do you really think we will be able to have a nice, neat, binary separation, because the population is a nice, neat binary mix of "liberals" and "conservatives"?

I think not.

Fifty years after this separation you talk about, it will start up all over again.

Which is why I say I want only one thing.

We win.

They lose.

Posted by: Taco Shack at August 12, 2017 06:19 PM (C+qQ0)

452 Let me just say that I am very glad texas has their own power grid.

Posted by: Dude1394 at August 12, 2017 07:48 PM (b91ZC)

453 Seroiusly too much time on people's hands if ideas like this are gaining traction. Time to issue shovels and get busy digging the Transcontinental Hyperloop as we already have the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China

Posted by: Oldfogey at August 12, 2017 09:09 PM (Co0D0)

454
I would just like to note how the window of acceptable discourse has shifted. A few years ago mentioning the possibility of this was bounds for the banhammer of Endor coming down.

Thank you for keeping current with the feeling across our country.

Posted by: Glacier at August 12, 2017 10:01 PM (mzTVj)

455 I think that turning point was Ace's Para Bellum piece. He's smarter and wiser than me, and he's honest with himself. So I knew it was just a matter of time before he moved closer to me.

I don't expect him to embrace my violent solutions though. I admit it may be a mix of Marine indoctrination coupled with some psychosis. For example, If some SJW in HR destroyed my future over a good faith memo critiquing diversity programs, I'd destroy her future too, starting with her kids. More as an object lesson for other SJWs than for revenge.

But in the current place and time, that attitude marks me as "mad" and is not allowed in this establishment! It's also why the wife won't let me have super powers or a Monster Truck or WMDs. Sigb. So I'll behave and just sit back and add names to the list as I do recon and game theory ops for when the walls all eventually come tumbling down.

Posted by: Fen at August 13, 2017 08:08 AM (DjaiU)

456 The Muslims are going to slaughter the willfly "blue" blue staters. It's us vs. Muzzies within another generation.

Posted by: pawn at August 13, 2017 02:28 PM (18iGF)

457 Or would could just have the country follow the 10th Ammendment, and states could make their own laws about welfare, healthcare etc and the fed gov could stay out of it.

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