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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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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
MascuringThe 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.
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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
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
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