In the New York Times, Charles Blow has a new column on the growth of regional and cultural polarization within the United States:
“The gap is growing between liberals and conservatives, the rich and the not rich, intergenerational privilege and new-immigrant power, patriarchy and gender equality, the expanders of liberty and the withholders of it. And that gap, which has geographic contours — the densely populated coastal states versus the less densely populated states of the Rocky Mountains, Mississippi Delta and Great Plains — threatens the very concept of a United States and is pushing conservatives, left quaking after this month’s election, to extremes. . .
But even putting secession aside, it is ever more clear that red states are becoming more ideologically strident and creating a regional quasi country within the greater one. They are rushing to enact restrictive laws on everything from voting to women’s health issues …
We are moving toward two Americas with two contrasting — and increasingly codified — concepts of liberty. Can such a nation long endure?”
In the long run, I fully expect there will be more polarizing showdowns over raising the debt ceiling, over federal and corporate bailouts, over taxation and wealth redistribution to favored racial and ethnic minorities, over failed attempts by the states to rein in the inexorable growth of the federal government, etc.
As we move “Forward” with Obama, the Democrats will be forced to stoke class, racial, religious, and gender divisions in each new presidential cycle to retain their electoral majority. Slowly but surely, they will undermine the social fabric of the Union and diminish American patriotism in the South, until one day they will provoke us to the point where one or two states will secede and bring on the inevitable crisis.
Update: Vox has a new post on secession entering the mainstream.