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Sun Apr 10, 2016, 06:16 PM

Would the US be better off broken up into different countries like Europe?

The country has always been diverse. Extreme polarization, however, has descended into complete dysfunction.

There is no bipartisanship for the common good. It's clearly evident in this primary season and can also been seen here on DU. There is more sarcastic snark and jury voting into oblivion than civil discussion.

The South has nothing in common with the any other part of the country. The West Coast has nothing in common with the Mid-West or North East. Hawaii and Alaska have nothing in common with the mainland 48 other than as a strategic location for the military. The upper Mid-West is vastly different from the lower Mid-west. Language in the North East is vastly different from the deep South.

Each region votes their interest vs the common interests of all.

The federal government (especially Congress) has zero positive use whatsoever other than to collect astounding amounts of money to perpetuate the status quo.

Taxes collected at the federal level go into a staggering defense budget to protect or expand corporate interests abroad.

Tax laws are so skewed the wealthy and corporations don't pay into the federal coffers and, therefore, into a defense budget that protects their interests.

Doesn't it make sense that individual states with a commonality should band together? Taxes can be substantially reduced and regional funds spent for common good rather than weaponry.

Just asking...what do you think?


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Reply Would the US be better off broken up into different countries like Europe? (Original post)
KauaiK Apr 2016 OP
CompanyFirstSergeant Apr 2016 #1
KauaiK Apr 2016 #6
Ready4Change Apr 2016 #2
seattleite Apr 2016 #3
The_Commonist Apr 2016 #4
KauaiK Apr 2016 #5
Agschmid Apr 2016 #7
DemocratSinceBirth Apr 2016 #8
jehop61 Apr 2016 #9
DemocratSinceBirth Apr 2016 #10
DanTex Apr 2016 #11
TeddyR Apr 2016 #12
TheDormouse Apr 2016 #13
Zira Apr 2016 #14
TheDormouse Apr 2016 #15

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Response to CompanyFirstSergeant (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 07:15 PM

6. LOL!!!

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Response to KauaiK (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 06:34 PM

2. The situation that would erupt would be ironic.

The 'independents' in the fly over states would initially celebrate, and then discover that without the taxation funds coming from the filthy liberal areas that they can no long sustain their infrastructure.

The results? Illegal immigrants from the flyover states sneaking into populations zones for power, water, jobs, creature comforts.

Almost makes me look forward to this happening.

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Response to KauaiK (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 07:08 PM

3. Texas, the Pacific Northwest, and NorCal already have movements to secede.

 

Cascadia what what!

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Response to The_Commonist (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 07:14 PM

5. Love it

but I think there are more than 9

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Response to KauaiK (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 07:15 PM

7. Hard no.

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Response to KauaiK (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 07:15 PM

8. No. Better we learn to get along .

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Response to KauaiK (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 07:15 PM

9. I think

You might be happier in Europe.

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Response to jehop61 (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 07:19 PM

10. I have lived in NY, FL, and CA but I will always be an American first.

Actually my allegiance is to what I believe is best for everybody everywhere on the planet.



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Response to KauaiK (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 07:27 PM

11. I'd be in favor, if it was workable somehow.

Blue America would be the Northeast, the West Coast, and a few other states. One issue is, it would be nice if Blue America were contiguous, but I don't see any way to link the two. Maybe we can buy a strip of land from Canada along the border.

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Response to DanTex (Reply #11)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 08:19 PM

12. Ridiculous

 

And anti-American. I'd expect rednecks from Mississippi to call for a new confederacy but am appalled that anyone on this website would support anything similar.

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Response to KauaiK (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 08:26 PM

13. "each region votes their own interest" is part of the design

The Founders designed it that way.

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Response to KauaiK (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 08:28 PM

14. I signed the big online petition for Texas to Succeed. It was during a time when they were threaten

 

-ing too and I wouldn't miss them.

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Response to KauaiK (Original post)

Sun Apr 10, 2016, 08:29 PM

15. Even with a split, each region would have oligarchs pulling the levers

And the left-right dichotomy would reappear in both (or each of the) regions. Just as you can find conservative-progressive factions in other nations around the world today, not just the US.

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