The two teens stood across from me at the March for Life Expo in January. They weren’t yet old enough to vote. But perhaps when they are, they’ll cast their ballots to excise their part of Virginia to make it part of West Virginia–a harkening back to our Civil War. (Or our first Civil War?)
They are frustrated by legislators from the northern part of the state threatening to limit gun ownership and having voted to expand “abortion rights” more broadly than all but a few places around the world.
They are not alone in that way of thinking. Those hoping for Southern Virginia’s secession to West Virginia have company in Oregon, some of whose voters want to become part of Idaho. California also has its own initiative brewing. But that effort isn’t pushing to become part of an existing state. The plan calls for the establishment of the 51st state–New California.
Imagine what these efforts–if successful–might lead to.
Political pundits speak of the conservative part of my own Pennsylvania in terms of the T across the north and through the center with Philadelphia in the east and Pittsburgh in the west–although Pittsburgh sometimes joins the T.
The T carried our Keystone State for Trump in 2016–even the heavily Democratic Cambria County–coal country.
If voters in the T decided to follow suit with southern Virginia voters, the bulk of Pennsylvania might also join West Virginia–or ally with rural voters in New York to form a 52nd state.
Even the bluing state of Texas could end up splitting over voter ideology.
It sounds far-fetched. But perhaps we are closer to making such dividing lines than we realize.
Rural voters want to keep their guns. On farms or in nearby forests, guns have practical purposes completely unrelated to crime and unfathomable to many city-dwellers.
Conservative and liberal voters can only remain at an impasse over abortion. Room for compromise on this issue is scant because the unborn one either lives or dies. There is no state of in-between.
While these proposals for state-splitting are still in their infancy–or perhaps in their early childhood–it seems a good time to consider some of the ramifications.
For example, would Philadelphia decide to become part of New Jersey? Could Jersey support the costs of the City of Brotherly Love that rural PA taxpayers have helped to bear for decades?
What if the rural/conservative voters of every state thought it best to cut themselves free from every city that wanted to limit guns and fund abortions at any time during gestation?
Would cities’ leaders moderate some of their views to stem the traffic moving to a new place? Would rural folks bend? Can both sides occupy a middle ground for long?
Beyond the disputes over abortion, gun control, and other divisive pursuits, both city and countryside struggle with opioid addiction, isolation, loss of purpose.
The answer is the same whether in unity or division. Shining light into the darkness. The darker the night, the easier it is to perceive the light.
Shine your light while you can. Where you can. All you can.
12 Replies to “Red Parts of Blue States Looking to Split”
Many people means many opinions. I pray we all will be compassionate to each other. I pray we all will shine the love of Christ in all we say and do.
Amen, Melissa. Thanks and God bless!
These are polarizing times. Jesus said it first and Lincoln quoted him: a house divided against itself cannot stand. Things are no longer completely black and white… or purely red and blue. I understand and share your heart and compassion for the unborn, yet am concerned about many gop policies that cater to the wealthy and shun the poor, the tired, the immigrants- even godly ones like my husband to be, who is here legally and cannot return to his home country because his life is in danger from the despot ruler. We must come together as a nation, rather than divide; the lost need Jesus, not politics and America has always been that city on a hill, the light in the darkness.
It would be so much easier if we could identify those who want to harm us. Thanks for your insight, Candice. God bless!
Wow. I was completely unaware of this movement. Thank you for raising awareness, Nancy. You make such important points here. There are many people who live in rural areas whose lives are closer to the earth and are truly dependent upon guns as part of the food of life. I never considered that these same people were supporting those in the cities who despise their stance on this issue. May this understanding be made more clear. Money speaks volumes. Maybe some would consider softening their stance if they really knew what was at stake financially. Thank you for keeping us updated, Nancy.
Thanks, Melissa. The city folks don’t always get how the policies they see as urgent for dense populations affect those who live on the land. We need to try to understand each other. God bless!
Nancy, splitting from a state and making a 51st or 52nd state does sound far-fetched. I love you closing words the most: Shine your light while you can. Where you can. All you can.
It’s the test of our times. We must shine. Thanks and God bless, Karen.
So good: “The darker the night, the easier it is to perceive the light.” Amen.
Thank you, Jessica. Keep shining your light. God bless!
I did not realize the extent of these movements to separate and form new states. Wow. Definitely a reflection of voter’s frustration at the significant philosophical and spiritual chasms separating rural and urban voters.
Now it’s Vexit–complete with a moniker. Thanks, Ava. God bless!