by Patricia Lewis
(United States)

There’s an old saying that goes something like this: A good compromise satisfies nobody.

Trump’s win of the presidential election triggered a meltdown from the horrified left, which views the businessman with fear and loathing. Progressives cannot fathom having anyone but a liberal politician as leader of our nation and are attempting to convince the red states of their calm superiority with riots, assassination and rape threats, and other free-speech expressions of love and tolerance.

In observing the childish and destructive temper tantrums of the professional agitators currently being bussed around the nation to create anarchy, one thing has become very clear: We are a nation divided.

Left or right, each side wants to force the “other half” to do what it wants. As I see it, the only solution is to split America into two nations.

In the wake of Trump’s victory, some people might be surprised to learn I would advocate separation. But I don’t think it’s odd at all. The election underscores the extent of the divide in this country, and I don’t think Trump is a big enough man to heal it. No disrespect intended for Mr. Trump; I don’t think anyone is big enough to heal it.

The things cherished by conservatives – faith, family, hard work, traditional values, etc. – are mocked and ridiculed as antiquated nonsense only practiced by uneducated, gun-toting, knuckle-dragging troglodytes incapable of higher thoughts or logical discourse. Conservatives view liberals as idealistic idiots dangerously ignorant of both human nature and economics, but who don’t hesitate to impose leftist government tyranny against opposition.

The things cherished by progressives – diversity, social justice, income equality, feminism, humanism, socialism, etc. – are viewed as failed utopic ideals mandated by people incapable of studying history’s previous examples of failed utopias. Liberals view conservatives as nothing more than stupid heartless religious fanatics, corrupt greedy capitalists and gun-toting racists who specialize in exploiting, well, everyone.

Irreconcilable differences, folks. Big time.

A century and a half ago, Abraham Lincoln spent a lot of time, money and blood trying to unify a nation that approached irreconcilable differences. At the end of it, there were a lot of people who didn’t like what the North or South had become. For those who were disaffected, or who were bitterly disappointed by the forcible retention of the Union as a whole, there was a crucial pressure relief valve: They could migrate west and escape the system.

That option is no longer available. And once again, our country is approaching irreconcilable differences. Where is the pressure relief valve now?

If America split into two countries, each government could reflect the will of its own unified people. In Progressive Land, women could have all the unrestricted government-funded abortions they wish (no doubt they could defray the costs by selling body parts) or bear as many fatherless children as they want, subsidized by taxpayers. Nobody would have to work since everyone would receive a “universal basic income.” Private firearm ownership could be banned, which means crime would cease. All the unvetted Muslim refugees and illegal immigrants would be welcomed.

In Conservative Land, people would be judged by their actions and work ethic rather than by skin color. Hard work would be rewarded, rather than taxed and regulated out of existence. People would not be subsidized for irresponsible actions or behaviors. Professional victims would only exist if taxpayers aren’t burdened with their care. Schools and medical care would be private and allowed to compete with other schools or health-care providers to offer the best services.

However I doubt America will ever split. Why not? Two reasons.

One, inertia. Splitting a nation is clearly not something that can be done in an afternoon.

And two, realism. At some deep-down level, progressive leaders know their policies won’t hold up if they didn’t have a huge base of productive workers to tax. They know they can’t have more Takers than Makers. They know businesses and manufacturing would flee to an environment with less government regulation. They know they can’t continue to import illegal and/or unvetted immigrants who only immigrate to get bennies, without a working-class foundation to provide those bennies via high taxation.

Of course, there is one solution to America’s widespread differences no one – and I mean no one – chooses to remember: the Tenth Amendment, which says very simply: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

The main purpose of the Tenth Amendment was to allow states to compete with each other. If one state passed too many onerous laws or raised taxes too high, people could vote with their feet and leave for another, less restrictive state. If you didn’t like one state’s policies, morals, or ideological climate, you could move to another.

This was the pressure relief valve built into the Bill of Rights by our brilliant Founding Fathers. Unified by little more than minimal federal oversight in such matters as national protection, each state was meant to be its own little country with the ability to make its own decisions. Each state was meant to retain its own sovereignty and independence. A central government couldn’t force health care, public education, minimum wage, or any other imposition on individual states. That was unconstitutional.

But the federal government cleverly recognized that by ignoring the Tenth Amendment and imposing its will on all states, people would not be able to vote with their feet – they were stuck no matter where they went. So Washington, year after year, decade after decade, president after president, has grown bigger and more intrusive. It’s gotten to the point where we the people have entirely forgotten the purpose of government and now expect it to regulate our lives so we no longer have to think for ourselves.

“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government,” said Thomas Jefferson, “so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. … What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

(No wonder progressives loathe Thomas Jefferson. He and the other founders knew them for the criminals they are.)

I think we are past the point where the left and the right can unite under common values. You can’t fix stupid. Restore the Tenth Amendment. Give progressives their “safe” spaces (states). Make America great again.

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