Saturday, November 12, 2016

Is it Time To End The Union?

Back in 1861, the southern states of the United States broke from the union and formed the CSA, the Confederate States of America. They did so because they felt that people from an entirely different culture and geographical location were passing laws and enacting changes that went against everything they stood for. Ideologies were localized to the point where, once our Civil War started, it was easy to draw up battle lines and there wasn't quite as much worry about divisive politics in the two new nations. It's been argued ever since that the northern states fought an "illegal war" to force the south back into the union that it was technically free to leave. This country has been suffering for it ever since with an angry union of two vastly different cultures that seem to disagree with each other on virtually everything. This nation is just too big and the problems we've always had are becoming unmanageable now that our population is well over 300 million.

The country is evenly split politically, and has been for quite some time, so every election cycle close to half the population, 160 million people, are unrepresented and disenfranchised. American politicians don't care about the people who didn't vote for them, and try to never make any promises to them during the elections. So, we get a revenge vote in the midterm elections that takes back a part of congress 2 years later and there's obstruction until the next election. Both sides do this. It's been going on for centuries now, and as a result, very little can ever be accomplished. Both sides are stifled and take turns oppressing each other and ending any initiatives and programs the other side enacts. The monetary cost of starting and ending programs is devastating, and the cost to people and businesses who begin to use new government services and rights, only to have them taken away again, is even more profound.

How long must we do this before we realize that we just aren't meant for each other? Again, we're in a situation where we have practically "foreign" voters from a quarter-planet away forcing laws on people who are fundamentally different. The bible belt should have no say in what happens on the west coast, and the west coast should have no say in how religious and conservative populations want to live. They are two vastly different cultures, and I feel it's time for each to govern themselves however they wish to be governed.

As it stands now, what we're looking at going forward is far worse than any issues an amicable split might cause. Donald Trump will do things the liberal states, millions of people residing in them, vehemently oppose. In response, these states will pass state-level laws to counter his federal laws and there will be a confrontation. Only this time it'll be conservatives against "states rights" because they're the ones controlling the Fed.

The outrage is real. For the second time in just 16 years a republican has been given the presidency by the electoral college after losing the popular vote. In fact, if you don't count George W. Bush's re-election, and I don't because it should have been Al Gore's re-election, a republican hasn't won the popular vote since 1988, but that doesn't seem to matter because this isn't a true country and doesn't function like one. Not like other ones in the world anyway. We're a union of states, or fifty small countries, tied together by a treaty we call "The Constitution." Further, each state has it's own individual government, house and senate, supreme court, education and agriculture departments, and it's own presidential election. Most colonies, and later territories, originally refused to join the union until the Bill of Rights was ratified and they had equal representation in the union as sovereign states. They hoped that this would allow them to continue to function as if they were still independent once they were in the union, hence all the redundant government on the state AND federal levels.

This ideology of the union valuing the states themselves more than the populations that live in them as a whole is causing problems today when California gets 2 senators, while Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Alaska, and other sparsely populated states who combined, are outnumbered by California voters, get 20 senators for an equal population. The electoral college reflects this old ideology, as well. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but was blown away in the electoral vote, which makes it obvious that people in rural states have greater representation than those in more populated areas.

This may have been necessary to form a union and get everyone on board originally, but it's a fatal flaw today as 40 million people in one state have to live with the will of people a world away from them. We've outgrown the structure originally written for 13 colonies. This nation has become too large. Further, its power is such that it threatens and invades  other countries around the world with frightening regularity because it possesses the combined power and resources of 50 nations. The rest of the world either hates or fears us, at this point, and we need to split this monopoly so everyone can be safer and happier. It's what's best for us all at this point. Further, it will allow us all to finally live how we want to, and it does not hurt that we already have the lines drawn up on the map.....

Editor's Note:

This idea that the United States is too internally diverse to hold up under its own weight is not a new concept. The glaring political contradictions that traverse state lines in this country are something that scholars and regular citizens alike have been mulling over since the nation's foundation. I wrote about it in an early RTC piece last year, which predicted that the 2016 election could produce a Civil War. In 2008, Ingor Panarin, a Russian political science and economics professor, predicted that the United States would split by 2010. The above map is a reference to the predicted split.

In 1789, the Founders glued together a union of diverse states with a Constitution that they argued would help to overcome the many regional differences that separated those states at the local levels. After this, the United States was held together by a series of compromises over slavery. From the language written into the original founding documents to the Compromise of 1850, the United States was held together by a thread, until in 1861, when that, now, hair thin string, finally burst. The Union was then restored by brute force.

Here is the problem, though. What the Founders did not outline in the Federalist Papers, the documents that they wrote to justify what was a treasonous act, as the Founders of the Constitution grossly overstepped their boundaries by creating an entirely new government to replace the previous Articles of Confederation government, is that the Constitution, despite the power that it gives the national government, was intentionally designed to highlight the regional differences that they knew would make radical shifts in the status quo difficult to implement.

The Constitution of the United States is not a Democratic Charter. It is a Corporate Charter. It was written by an elite class of citizens with the purpose of giving them the tools that they needed to control the flow of change, wealth, and power. The Articles of Confederation, as a document, threatened their ability to do this because it entrusted power in the hands of a popularly elected, term limited, People's Assembly. This country does not need to be broken up. It's foundational documents just need to be radically revised to adjust to the radical changes that technology is now allowing to outpace a dramatically outdated elitist security blanket. Things like the Electoral College, which was created intentionally to correct the mistakes of the people, need to go.

Americans need to get know each other better, and we need to remember that those who have served and died for this country, did not serve and die for their home state, their native city, or their local neighborhood. They put on their uniform, went to work, and served and died for a unified nation, the United States of America. The only things that truly divides us are geography, hoarded wealth, and corrupt elitists who profit on our ignorance and frustrations. These are things that can be overcome, and the place to start is with things like the Electoral College. Improved education would be a plus too. Many nations have come and gone throughout the years. One would like to believe that it is not yet our time to fade away into the pages of history.

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