- Posted January 20, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The Divided States of America
There is a post in the MeadowBlog (MSNBC) titled
'GOP is shrinking daily before our eyes' by Steve Benen. It really hits the nail on the head.
From prominent Republicans to Independents and Democrats, the word is, that the Republican Party is dysfunctional. I am a Democrat now, but I was once, long ago a Republican, then Independent.
I have long realized that a party(GOP)cannot maintain its identity, power and appeal, unless its principles and methods are reasonable. If a party gives in to extremists, it becomes smaller and smaller by virtue of abandonment. That is the case now and it has been for a time.
Then again, if the Republican Party is unwilling, or unable to reform itself, so be it, but then the USA is not united. Not being united (seemingly) on any issue, weakens us as a country. Perhaps we have such irreconcilable differences that we should not be one country. The extremists are at work as we speak to have some Red states secede from the Union. A friend of mine, to whom I had mentioned this about Texas, said: “So what? Go ahead.”
In fact, I propose that we “separate” into two countries, each structured on their interpretation of the Constitution. There should be no more argument about who is more patriotic, whose values are more important, whose religion is true, etc…
Sarah Palin was called by some the Real American Woman. This is the same person who gave speeches even as governor of Alaska to the Alaskan Independence Party. Her husband was a member of that party and she joined him in his activities. That party stands for gaining independence from the Union. Why would Sarah, the real American cater to them? Beats me.
Sometimes separation is the best solution. While we argue, the world evolves, many are puzzled as to the substance of our arguments, wonder about our sanity and can no longer look upon us for example and leadership. Is this what we want?
The Soviet Union fell apart mostly because it was not a real union. It was a big fake. They had a one-party system and had brutal methods of silencing any opposition. Had they been really united, they would have resolved their differences and perhaps make democracy work for them.(They claimed, they had a democracy.)
Under communism two nations, the Checks and Slovaks were forced to be one nation. After the fall of communism, those two decided to separate. They called it a velvet revolution, because it happened peacefully and they remained friendly to each other. I applaud them.
So, what are we waiting for? We just need to do the logistics for a velvet revolution. Maybe, just maybe, this is the only thing we will be able to agree upon.