What Do You Think of Balkanizing the USA?
Northern California appears serious about forming its own State of Jefferson. They would presumably remain part of the USA, but not part of California. It’s not just Northern California, either. There was a previous move to create a State of Jefferson out of Northern California and Southern Oregon. That drive got as far as the county commissioners involved setting up roadblocks and checkpoints to prevent anyone entering their “state” without the proper authorization. Today, there is talk of Balkanization in Maryland, the upper peninsula of Michigan and Northern Colorado as well. In fact, if all the divisionist talk came to fruit, we would be the 61 States of America.
Some states would opt out of even being a part of the United States of America, preferring to create their own countries devoid of hated rules against polluting the air and water, and free to restrict voting rights to those that vote right. Texas has strong support for forming an independent country, as does Alaska under the Alaska Independence Party. The South is at it again, with generally the same borders the slave states tried to establish when their secession triggered the US Civil War. Vermont has an Independence movement. Oregon, Washington State and part of British Columbia would split away to form Cascadia. There is even a far left movement to create a Black Belt state called The Republic of New Afrika. And there are those in Puerto Rico that yearn for it to become a sovereign nation-state.
The common threat of the Axis Powers ended talk of secession at the outset of WWII and it’s taken 70 years to really get going again, but it’s certainly back. What do you think of ideas to Balkanize the USA?
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