by Shelt Garner
I hate violence, but it’s growing more and more clear that MAGA is hellbent on destroying American democracy and forcing Blue States to “bend a knee” to their autocratic plans. As such, this is a very extreme situation and Blues have to stop deluding themselves into thinking “hope” is going to do them any good. Trump is above the law and always will be. And, ultimately, he will will cheat to become POTUS again, probably via the bogus “Independent Legislature” concept that SCOTUS is inevitably going to validate between now and 2024.
So, what does all of this mean?
It means that there is no other choice for Blue States but to begin to make preparations for secession. It brings me no joy to propose this, but I don’t see any other solution. The very dynamic that led slaves states to attempt to leave the Union in 1860 is at play today. Just like how slaves states felt the abolition movement was ascendant and they had no other choice but to leave the Union, so, too, do Blues face a similar situation.
I propose this in the abstract, as a way to get people to take seriously how dire things are in the United State — and its democracy — at the moment. There would be no assurances that any such attempt at a National Divorce would work, there is the U.S. Military to think about — but we have to gird our loins for a severe political crisis out of our control in late 2024, early 2025.
The rise of autocratic will slam up against Americans’ self-perception as to what America is and, as such, that will be the point when we either have a National Divorce and civil war or we simply become just another autocracy. Trump’s second term will be extremely radical to the point that a lot of my most hysterical fears will become a reality.
As such, Blues have to begin to game out how we might go through a National Divorce and if American democracy is worth the cost. Any American National Divorce would be a massive fucking clusterfuck that would make the First American Civil War — and even WW2 — pale in comparison. But the case could be made that WW3 will happen anyway if America became a MAGA-themed autocracy, so it’s better to at least to attempt to save American democracy in the Blue portions of the country.
I don’t want a civil war. I don’t want violence of any sort. But the idea of a civil war is growing less and less abstract by the moment. We should plan accordingly.