American Decline

Sorry, but a national split up just won’t work

This author inadvertently explains why conventional “federalism” or “states’ rights” are not sufficient, and why a more radical approach is needed.

By New York Post

Is it time for a national divorce? The idea has understandably gained steam — though it can’t possibly work and shouldn’t.

In 2018, conservative Jesse Kelly argued that “our political disagreements have become a powder keg” and we should redraw the map. He wasn’t wrong. In fact, things have gotten worse in the three years since, which is why left-leaning comedienne Sarah Silverman recently touted the idea, too.

Fact is, we’re at each other’s throats over every issue. I admit that after nearly 19 months of looking longingly at the sanity of red states in their response to the pandemic and sadly at my 5-year-old masked and required to be socially distanced from friends during school recess outdoors here in New York, I have myself fantasized about a national divorce.

But it’s a fantasy that could never work, even in the short term, much less the long. Say we could bloodlessly divide the states. And, for shorthand, consider a Donald Trump voter as someone opposed to COVID-restriction mania (my own top issue right now), while a Joe Biden voter wants kindergartners to double-mask.


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