The division, ever-present in the American culture, consciousness, and psyche has become undeniable and increasingly impossible to ignore. A new poll from BrightLineWatch has cast an unflinching, sobering light on the depths and breadth of the rift that widens between Americans on the left and right. According to the poll, approximately two-thirds of Republicans in the South and nearly half of the Democrats on the West Coast (w/Alaska & Hawaii) would favor the Division of the United States into “new regional union(s)”. Divorce seems inevitable, one way, or another.
Those two regions aren’t alone either, they’re just the most partisan and prominent. In the Inter-mountain/Southwest region 43% percent of Republicans would favor this arrangement and most intriguingly in the “Heartland” region (an amalgamation of the Northern Mid-West, Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley) 43% of Independents polled in favor… that’s just…Wow.
Here’s the kicker: Let’s take partisanship out of this shall we? (There are so few opportunities today to do so.) When you remove party alignment the numbers are downright frightening.
Over one-third of each region’s population favored creating a breakaway nation.
On the “Pacific” (w/Alaska & Hawaii) we see 39%, the “Mountain” region we find 32%, in “the South” it’s 44%, the “Heartland” clocked in at 30% and the “Northeast” polled at 34%.
Most disturbing datapoint I've seen in awhile: two-thirds of Southern Republicans now say the South should break away from the Union, up from 50 percent in January. https://t.co/IALe5x7HzF pic.twitter.com/OWx23L9pLc
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) July 14, 2021
Christopher Ingraham wrote on the Why Axis,
“Bright Line Watch cautions that these responses reflect “initial reactions by respondents about an issue that they are very unlikely to have considered carefully.” It probably makes sense to read these results more as statements of political identity (e.g., “I’m a proud Southerner and I don’t like Joe Biden!”) than as signs of actual intent.
Nevertheless, the sheer number of Americans — particularly Republicans and Independents in the South — willing to turn “blow the whole thing up” into a signal of partisan loyalty is troubling.”
Mainstream ‘Experts’ Are Stunned And Blindsided
Right Leaning Voices have Been Sounding The Alarm For Years
BrightLineWatch went on to stress that they had anticipated that political tempers might have cooled since the beginning of the Biden-Harris regime “not necessarily as a result of any great reconciliation but perhaps from sheer exhaustion after the relentless drama of Trump.” Which historian Heather Cox Richardson suggested that President Trump’s consistent position that the 2020 Election result was illegitimate would “diminish political ardor among Trump supporters” which she attempted to relate to the “waning popular support for secession in the Confederacy during the spring of 1861.” But here’s where her comparison falls apart: America-First Republicans and Trump-supporters at large are ideologically NOTHING like the secessionists of the Confederacy.
Putting aside for the moment: slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow laws, (which both modern and civil-war era Republicans universally reject and abhor): the Government of the Confederacy under Jefferson Davis had a MASSIVELY more powerful and independent President with powers that would make FDR blush. And while limited to a single 6-year term the office had broad-reaching budgetary powers reserved to Congress in the United States. The Confederate Constitution prohibited protective tariffs and their legislature was strictly throttled in by the Presidency, requiring a two-thirds vote in both houses for the passage of any appropriations not requested by the President.
James Davidson Hunter coined the Phrase “Culture Wars” in his 1991 book, Pat Buchanan foretold the struggle we’re seeing the culmination of today at the 1992 Republican National Convention when he said,
“There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one day be as was the Cold War itself.”
“The agenda [Bill] Clinton and [Hillary] Clinton would impose on America—abortion on demand, a litmus test for the Supreme Court, homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, women in combat units—that’s change, all right. But it is not the kind of change America wants. It is not the kind of change America needs. And it is not the kind of change we can tolerate in a nation that we still call God’s country.”
Bill O’Reilly, the prolific author, and talk host late of Fox News warned us of the escalating tensions between “Secular-Progressives” and “Traditionalists” in his 2006 book Culture Warrior. It is impossible to broach this topic without mention of Rush Hudson Limbaugh III‘s life-long battle for the soul of America, or the more recent but still contemporary crusade of Glenn Beck who has been shouting his alarm at the oncoming calamity since at least 2007.
Civil War? Peaceful Divorce? Or a Rebirth of Federalism?
It’s taken a long… long time for the mainstream pollsters and media to catch up to what millions of conservatives and libertarians have been preparing for, for decades: the differences have become irreconcilable. And while it may not ignite in a full-blown, shooting Civil War, a “peaceful divorce” as Jesse Kelly considered for The Federalist in 2018, or even some sort of enhanced Federalism allowing the states more home-rule and freedom to manage their own domestic and interstate affairs is conceivably possible.
For anyone that has discernment can see, many in the United States, no longer wish to be ‘United’ with those whose views are not merely in opposition to theirs but are openly and viciously hostile. With all the hallmarks we’ve seen before already happening, such as state-level nullification of Federal actions, and a series of reforms designed to reassert state control of the election system, something has to give.