An Oasis of Brilliance in Arizona’s Desert Full of Crazy - Page 2
With 65% of the state population, Maricopa rules Arizona. That leaves the state’s liberals with no voice. So a natural solution is to partition the state. Reactionaries and curmudgeons can run the northern half (sorry Flagstaff) and progressives can take title to the south.
In some ways, todays USA is not so different from Arizona. While progress keeps progressing, it is so slow that most liberals die before public policy catches up with them. We are a nation of polar opposites—the “backwardites” and the “forwarders.”
So Baja Arizona—while a good idea—is actually small potatoes. What if we divide the country into two “Affiliations”? Not two countries, two near-autonomous groups of states, one conservative and one progressive. Each would have a bicameral legislature, an elected executive and their own Supreme Court. Each would operate under the same Constitution interpreting it as they see fit.
Let’s call them the Red Affiliation and the Blue Affiliation. Conservatives could have the God-fearing, gun-totin’, crap-kickin’ hoedown they want, complete with its disdain for education. They could design their affiliation as if it were permanently 1952. Progressives could establish a rule of law that treats every citizen—and every marriage—as worthy and honorable. One group could offer no healthcare; the other could develop universal health care. One affiliation could eliminate taxes; the other could establish tax rates that actually cover the cost of the services people want.
The Federal Government would have a lot less to do. It could meet for a few months each year just to award welfare to corporate execs. How long could that take?
Of course, both sides would have to make sacrifices. Red would lose the wealth transfers from Blue states. Blue would lose a large swath of its agricultural economy—wheat and grain. Red would be forced to import more fruits and vegetables although this would be mitigated if Florida decides to go with them. Pollution from Red Affiliation will surely spill over into Blue territory. Maybe Blues could set up their wind turbines to blow in that direction. (Save the condescending letters; it’s a joke.)Continued on the next page