Recent polls in the United States show significant support for states to secede from the union – along both red and blue lines.
Max Hastings, in an op-ed column for Bloomberg News, wonders, “How can the word ‘secession’ have made it even as far as the margins of political debate?”
Especially, he writes, when “half the developing world is struggling to get to the U.S.”
And yet, polls suggest that the chatter remains consistent, on both sides of the aisle.
And it isn’t simply among the far right or far left of the political parties.
“A lot of extremists support their states seceding from the Union,” a tweet from Bloomberg reads. “Shockingly, so do a lot of non-extremists.”
A lot of extremists support their states seceding from the Union. Shockingly, so do a lot of non-extremists https://t.co/1a4UyFPC3j
— Bloomberg Opinion (@bopinion) December 3, 2021
Poll: Red And Blue Open To Secession
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One of the polls cited by Hastings is a collaborative effort by the UVA Center for Politics and Project Home Fire just this past September.
That survey indicates a majority of Trump voters think the political divide in America is so great that they’d support a move by blue states to secede from the union.
The poll indicates 52 percent of Trump voters lean towards secession as a solution to the political differences currently gripping the country.
Hastings notes that “41% of Joe Biden voters adopt the same stance about blue states.”
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The Bloomberg piece notes that there is a chasm separating the Republican and Democrat parties and their definition of truth.
“[The Republican party’s] definition of truth seems something entirely different from that of Democrats, perhaps irreconcilably so,” Hastings writes.
On the contrary, the definition of truth is the truth. Facts. One party consistently lies to the extreme while the other … well, to a lesser degree.
And who wants to live amongst the lies any longer?
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Hastings goes on to provide the mandatory fretting over possible secession being the fault of … you guessed it – Donald Trump.
“Some Canadian friends, serious people who are not in the least sensationalist-minded, told me this week that they are getting sincerely nervous about possibilities that beckon if Donald Trump or a Trump clone becomes president in 2024,” he writes.
“They ask: ‘Could violence erupt, and secession become a serious issue?’”
The late, great conservative radio icon, Rush Limbaugh, just two months before his death, warned that America appeared to be heading down a path where secession would become more popular.
Limbaugh, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and legend in broadcasting, observed that the nation is “trending toward secession” during a December broadcast.
“I see more and more people asking what in the world do we have in common with the people who live in, say, New York?” he explained.
Limbaugh added that he had heard grumblings from others who believe “there cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, theories of government, theories of how we manage our affairs.”
“It’s possible that some portions of the country may decide to go their own way, most obviously California, with the fifth-largest economy in the world,” Hastings writes.
On behalf of the rest of the nation let me just say, “Don’t let the door hit you. Oh, and bring little brother New York with you.”
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