Fred Reed’s latest column about how much the peoples of the USA hate each other but won’t separate is worth a gander.
I just want to add two quick thoughts as to why the Left and Right won’t quit each other.
For the Left, it’s the same reason a borderline personality disorder girlfriend won’t leave you, even though “I hate you!” comes out of her mouth on a daily basis (not that I would know from my own dating experience).
Just as that same girl, five minutes later, will plead “don’t leave me!” for all the talk the Left says about how conservatives are the problem in this country, they aren’t keen on setting up their own governments. Live and let live is not quite their actual motto.
Part of this has to do with the fact that, as General Jessup thought in A Few Good Men, the Left actually needs the Right. They don’t just need productive people who create surplus wealth to take and give to others. They also need people with differing values and political views to blame for when their own ideas, when implemented, turn into disasters.
This is why Calexit was and will always be nothing but talk. It’s akin to a child threatening to pack up their teddy bear and take their Linus-style blanket with them and leave home for good, forever….only to come back inside the house after walking to the end of the block and realizing everything that they would have to give up.
It’s why I suspect that, even when it comes more and more Hispanic, its people won’t want to leave the Union. Their parents and grandparents didn’t come to California just on the spur of the moment or or kicks.
As for the Right, they don’t want to separate for very different reasons. One is nostalgia. They still think of America as it was in another era – perhaps one that never actually existed. One Nation, Under God is their slogan.
Such nationalist rhetoric may offend the libertarian ear, but understand that this is because for many Americans, there is no other identity to cling to, which leads me to my next point.
Aside from ethnicity, Americans have no other identity.
Jack Donovan touched on this a while ago, but much of America is far too young to have their own distinct identity as a people. The South, New England, and perhaps Texas are exceptions (the latter having been its own nation for almost a decade). Those who live in Nevada, Oregon, Washington, or Idaho may identify with their home state in a cultural sense, but it is often vague and only skin-deep.
If the USA fell apart tomorrow, what would these people call themselves? How would they describe themselves to others? How would “we” be different from “them?”
At some point, all those questions would get answered. But it would be a process, and a struggle, few seem willing to undergo or even comprehend.
So onward we go, into the wild blue yonder of dysfunction.