What If Disagreements In The U.S. Continue To Grow

It’s a little disconcerting to contemplate a U. S. that has even deeper disagreements that it now has. In my lifetime there was the Vietnam War period that was so deep it seemed nothing could be worse. Then, it passed.

It is tempting to believe today’s disagreements will pass into history as that period did. We don’t really know if it will. Disagreements could continue to grow.

While there are economic issues involved in our current political spats, much seems to be about what we can call “feelings”. Feelings can be stronger than economic disparities.

It might be helpful to remember the great argument in Canada a few decades back when Quebec wanted to separate and become an independent country. The issue had economic elements but it was much about feelings. A large portion of Quebec wanted to live as a country that used French exclusively. Living in a country where the official and most commonly used language is English left them feeling marginalized.

Today it is said Trump won the Electoral College votes because of voters whose feelings focus on being marginalized. The group is heavily weighted with white and rural Christian voters.

The Fall issue of Intelligence Report (Southern Poverty Law Center) discusses what has been learned about groups in the U.S. who want to separate from the United States. We’ve not seen in modern times a state vote to leave the United States.

There are groups who want to do just that. It’s unnerving to contemplate such a thing.

9 Responses

  1. entech

    It has taken a long time for your magnificent revolution to fall apart. Perhaps you need to reintroduce colonialism so that you can unite against a common foe.

    1. entech

      Evolution ? revolution? an interesting typo. perhaps the increasing disagreements mentioned are some kind of devolution.

      1. entech 8:49 I changed the word to “revolution” but evolution read just fine. Yes, this country needs a common foe. It does not need a war. So many Presidents have saved their bacon by declaring wars and getting reelected by doing so. It’s grim to think of all the young people killed in wars for the purpose of winning the next election.

        1. entech

          Jon, it is true that many Presidents (and leaders in general – Maggie Thatcher and the Falkland’s for one) have resorted to war to encourage some kind of mock patriotism, I say mock because it is so often the case that loyalty is intended to be for them – Trump that for a neat trick.

          The conservative masses scream about supporting “our boys”, don’t you know they are going out to die for you! They are not dying for you and me but for the ultra rich that actually have a lot to lose. When I hear this kind of talk I am reminded of Bertrand Russell in defense of his pacifism, “If you think about it the true horror is that you are sending them out to kill for you”.

  2. Juan Ruiz

    “when Quebec wanted to separate and become an independent country.”

    The plebiscite lost by tenths of a percent. Problem was, there was no plan in place had it won. The separatists expected to continue to use Canadian currency and passports. They still wanted Alberta oil money. And, they refused to allow the First Nations the right they wanted: determination of nationality. And then Pariseau’s drunken tirade after the loss was of no help.

  3. Juan Ruiz

    “Feelings can be stronger than economic disparities.”

    Ah yes, feelings. Feelings have achieved the plateau of legitimacy. Feelings allow a person whose anatomy and DNA declare one gender, while the person claims the other. Feelings allow “microagressions” and “trigger words” to obliterate universities as centers of free speech and discussion. Feelings give birth to the creation of “hate crimes.” “Feelings, nothing more than feelings.” Nice song, terrible consequences.

  4. Jinx II

    My husband and his daughter have strong ties back to founding French ancestors in Quebec,back to founding fathers in the 1500’s. They may want to post something under my Jinx II handle. We will see later.

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