An interesting thought on the inevitable collapse of the USA
As I’m sure you know by now, you can obviously count me among the people who have come to understand that the disintegration of the United States (and with it, the West) is unavoidable at this point. In actuality, I believe we crossed that particular Rubicon back around 1992 with the election of BillyJeff Clinton (not that I had any particular fondness for Poppy Bush). As history shows most such breakups tend to be quite sudden and often rather violent; I expect the breakup of the USA to be among the more energetic of this variety.
As for timing? I figure we have another 8-10 years – if Donnie TwoScoops manages to get The Steal reversed, that buys us another 4-5. So on the inside we’re looking at 2028, best case we’re looking at 2035.
However, when doing some searching on what other people were thinking about with regard to timing (and the number that keeps coming-up is 2033), I came across an archived piece from Vox Day that references an article from Fred Reed, both of which were published in early-2015 – clearly I was not the only person thinking such thoughts over the last decade or so.
From Reed’s piece (remember, he’s writing in early-2015)…
The country is not a happy place. Today it is more consciously and resentfully divided, politically, regionally, racially and by sex and class than perhaps ever before. The rich prosper and the middle class sink. Three major racial blocs eye each other with fear and hostility. The hard left controls the media and government against the desires of much of the country, enforcing social engineering that is deeply disliked. Feminists make war on men, and destroy the schools and universities. Washington is widely loathed. Rules, laws, and regulations never voted on grow ever more burdensome and intrusive. Many quietly want out.
So for all of you who are wetting your pants about the division and angst during The Age Of Trump? Yeah, you’re pretty much admitting that you think Ancient History began with the drop of the iPhone 8.
But right-off in the second paragraph in the piece is where it gets very interesting for me. Reed posits a method of breakup I had honestly never considered before (emphasis mine in all instances)…
A breakup will not come by armed secession. We tried that, with poor results. It will come, if it does, by gradual degrees, by inadvertence, by quietly ignoring the central government, by incremental defiance. This has begun. Whether it will continue remains to be seen.
Reed then goes on to explain how several states had already by early-2015 utterly ignored the Feds’ ban on weed and legalized Marijuana, while the Feds did absolutely nothing whatsoever to stop it. Weed is still, technically, illegal under Federal law but in all honesty, who gets busted for “possession” anymore? Unless you’re falling under “intent to sell” you really don’t need to even be in one of the now dozens of states where the Wacky Tobaccy is legal to safely smoke yourself into your next bout of the munchies.
And of course, this has expanded during The Age Of Trump, where we’ve seen several very large states loudly ignore Washington when it comes to immigration and law-enforcement policies.
Thus, the idea of a “peaceful” breakup, which was utterly novel one to my mind, started to take shape. Reed helpfully provided some more context which was heavily quoted by Vox…
What can Washington do if states and regions simply go their own way? If large numbsr (sic) of people stop paying income taxes, say? One tax evader can be arrested. Fifty thousand cannot. A problem for the feds is that if a state’s police decline to enforce federal laws, the feds have to do it themselves, and they don’t have the manpower. Passive resistance is hard to prosecute, gradualism offers scant pretext, rising generations seem less concerned about immigration than their elders, and a forcible response from Washington would entail frightful political risks.
Tell me this doesn’t describe how CA, OR, WA, NY, etc. have handled Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration over the last 4-years quite perfectly.
In the past the rock-solid unity of the United States existed because people wanted it. The foundation was a largely uniform white, Christian, European culture which no one thought about because there was no reason to think about it. Minorities were minor enough that they had to conform to the dominant culture. People shared ideas of morality, education, crime, music, religion, dress, manners, and patriotism.
That unity is gone forever. … Who likes Washington today?
If Soros’ meat-puppet is inaugurated as planned on the 20th of next January, you can be certain that at least 60-million, typically heavily-armed, supporters of Donald J Trump will never, ever accept the results of what they will (with good reason) believe was a fraudulent election – full disclosure, count me among them. Many (Most?) will determine that the politics of the USA are irreparably broken and will start pushing their localities to distance themselves from The Swamp.
And clearly, anyone alive the last 4-years knows there is no way in hell the crazies on the lunatic Left will abide 4-more years of the Bad Bad OrangeMan Who Is Bad.
So it got me to thinking how this might look. Let’s say Rapey McKiddieGroper is POTUS on the 21st of January and launches Nationwide Lockdown, The Sequel to “tame” the KungFlu. His minions are already talking about “a temporary, 6-week, full lockdown” in January/February (and if we allow The Steal to work, we deserve to get it, good and hard).
What happens when one, let’s speculate larger state – and my bet would be on Florida – tells Gropey to go fuck himself with a rusty chainsaw and refuses to shut down their state? Does Biden’s Teleprompter bring the pain down? How do they even do that? What would that even look like?
Lots of Florida is filled with crazy people (Florida Man ain’t just a meme, you know) who are pretty fucking heavily armed. Is Prezzy Kneepads’ seat-warmer going to really start-off his brief tenure as POTUS from what will obviously be the weakest position since, maybe, Rutherford B. Hayes, by sending-in the National Guard against American citizens? In fucking Florida?
And that’s before considering precisely how many of said guardsmen would even follow that order, starting with The Brass.
The bigger question to my mind however is, how many other states join Florida in flipping-off DC? What happens if the entire Mountain West (think, the Mountain time zone minus Colorado, which is hopelessly Californicated) forms an alliance with Florida and stays open? Could that set-off a cascade of (I’m guessing primarily) Red states that stay open while (I’m guessing primarily) Blue states follow their brain-dead leader?
And how about the rest of the South? How many of them join in? (By the by can we really call GA and NC – with all the recent immigrants and transplants – part of the South?)
As Reed points out, Texas will soon have more in common with CA and Mexico than with the rest of America – what happens then?
Then there’s the Peoples’ Republics of New England, who pretty much hate everybody else – which is just fine because pretty much everybody hates The Peoples’ Republics of New England as well – so how do they manage?
It is a fascinating thought exercise though, to contemplate that the inevitable demise of the USA may just slowly de facto happen – sort of like how the Soviet Union finally collapsed without a shot being fired. At some point damn-near everyone could just start ignoring Washington, and there doesn’t seem to me to be either the stomach or even the ability in the decrepit cesspool that is DC to do anything about it.