Its Time To End The Union 

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 02:22 PM - Politics
Posted by Seven

Back in 1861 the southern states broke from the union and formed the CSA, the Confederate States of America, because 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 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, and we've been suffering for it ever since with an angry union of two vastly different cultures that disagree 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 because politicians don't care about the people who didn't vote for them, and made no promises to them during the election. 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 nothing is getting done because of it. 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 can 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 how 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 2nd 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.. 50 small countries, tied together by a treaty we call "The Constitution", and 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, and continued functioning as if they were 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, and Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Alaska, and other sparsely populated states that, 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, and so powerful that we threaten and invade other countries around the world with frightening regularity because we have 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, we can ALL finally live how we want to, and we already have the lines drawn on the map...

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