Secession Is the Best Way Forward for the United States

Since Barack Obama was re-elected President secession fever seems to have gripped the United States. It is, obviously, strongest in the 'red states' that didn't vote for Obama and in the Southern US (the states that tried to succeed in 1861).

I personally believe that the United States, or the geographic area which contains it and the people who live there, would have been better off if the south had been allowed to go their own way then. The Northern states would definitely be better off, socially and economically. The Southern states would likely be governed by the decedents of former slaves, the native American would likely have gotten a better deal and Mexico likely would have retained its real estate in the South West.

I also, believe, and hope that the United States is smart enough to let those states go if they try to succeed again. Currently the "blue states" financially subsidize the "red states" and the almost 50/50 divide in the US on virtually every issue is preventing the US from moving forward in any substantial way. Chuck Thompson, author of "Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession argues, after numerous interviews that the divide is likely to be permanent:
When there were Republicans and Democrats fighting it out in the ’80s during the Reagan years, there was the famed Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan give-and-take. This is how politics works; it’s the art of compromise. The ruling power says to the opposition, “We won the election, so we’re going to get these big things. Don’t give us too much trouble and we’ll work with you. We realize you have a constituency. Let us get our big things through without a lot of hassle, and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of on some level.” That’s sort of how it has worked for the most part. In the South, it’s different, because there is no such thing as compromise. If it’s God’s law that is driving you — if God says gay marriage is an abomination, if God says abortion is an abomination — then you simply can’t compromise. That’s not in your DNA if you really believe that. That’s where I think a lot of the dysfunction of our political process comes into play.

Although not always as pronounced as it is now, the North / South divide has been in place since the American Civil War ended. On virtually every issue, from taxation to abortion, civil rights, education, the military and unions there has always been a divide between North and South.

A division now doesn't need to be as acrimonious as it was in 1861. There is no need to divide friends and families. Agreements could be put in place to allow free travel and trade between the North and the South. Agreements could be made to allow Northern citizens to move south and vice versa for a period of time. Agreements could be put in place to work together on certain existing military agreements and for the division of other commitments including debt.

On both sides of the new border issues like abortion, gun control, gay marriage, health care, taxation, labour rights, the social safety net, the size of the military, education (including the teaching of science and evolution), immigration, the separation of church and state, campaign finance reform, business regulation, energy policy, greenhouse gas reduction and others would be decided with a strong consensus almost immediately. Then, with the permanent division among the electorate eased each side would be free to move in whatever direction it chose rapidly and with a united public behind it.

The US Declaration of Independence started with the words
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

The founding fathers, for whom Americans have such reverence, knew that there were times when it became "necessary" for old political allegiances to end. From the time their original constitution was drafted, until 1861 states had the right to leave the union. It is somewhat ironic that it was the fledgling Republican party that made the change that currently holds the United States together, to the detriment of both sides.
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