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"There's a mournfulness going on—people are talking about secession, and they're not completely joking. I haven't experienced or witnessed anything like it since 1972 when George McGovern lost to Richard M. Nixon."
Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC political analyst and West Wing writer

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organizer Jeff Morrissette

There is one scenario that is worth entertaining which might make secession a moot point—the implosion of the Republican Party.

The fact is the Republican Party has largely been courting the Christian Right for one purpose only: to win elections. Evangelical Christian voters are far from predictable or reliable. Someday Christian voters will wake up and realize that the GOP has only been manipulating them and they will either form their own splinter political party or revolt from politics altogether.

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The other possibility is the Christians will gain more and more influence over the GOP—something a lot of Republicans won’t tolerate. There are a lot of moderates and non-religious conservatives in the Republican Party that like getting Christian votes, but are also fearful of the Christian political agenda. The catch-22 for the traditional Republicans is keeping the Christians happy without buying into their increasing demands to tilt the party further toward their religious ideology.

There could be something of a meltdown in the GOP. Moderate Republicans might find they would rather be Democrats than members of the religious fundamentalist party. Or, the moderate and non-religious conservative Republicans might attempt to quell the religious insurgency resulting in a serious split.

Consequently, we might see two very different party factions in American politics in the next decade: the Theocrats (religious conservatives) and Secularcrats (an amalgam of conservatives, moderates and liberals who agree on at least one thing—keeping church and state separate).

That’s ultimately what this all comes down to. It is not that people who are entertaining the notion of secession want to leave America. It is waking up and discovering that an America run by the church—any church or religious ideology—is not what America is all about.

Traditional Republicans will come to the same conclusion when people like Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson, James Dobson and Jerry Falwell are writing the Republican platform. When they start singing “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “Nearer My God to Thee” at the GOP convention, Rudy, Ahnuld and John McCain will be the first to head toward the exit and take a lot of the party faithful (or faithless) with them.

Americans have labored and toiled for nearly three centuries to build a society that was inclusive of all citizens. It is in that America that religion—all religions—have enjoyed freedom and tolerance. But we are entering dangerous waters when one brand of religion starts running the country.

If California ever becomes a nation, that spirit of inclusiveness will prevail for all people—regardless of color, race, religion, economic background or sexual preference. It is the next evolution and revolution in forming a more perfect society. It will be a nation where the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness is taken to the next level. It will be a beacon on a hill for all the world to emulate—even America.

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