The idea of a national divorce is gaining currency among some on the right. The appeal is as obvious as it is completely unrealistic. Getting a national divorce from the Left is like asking a mugger to stop beating you and just agree to split the contents of your wallet. It’s appeasement from a position of weakness and that never works.
The Left isn’t into compromise. It wants total victory and it holds most of the good cards. It didn’t get into this to settle for New York and California, or for that matter America. Making any kind of deal with it is a delusion and entirely unfeasible. The national division isn’t between red and blue states, but between urban and some suburban areas, and everything else. A national divorce between urban and rural areas would only be workable as some sort of libertarian fever dream in which both sides form federations and sign complex treaties.
Suffice it to say that the boys and girls trying to force gender identity on pre-schoolers and who riot in the streets are not about to agree to a mutually consensual uncoupling, as Gwyneth Paltrow once put it. Fanatics who spend most of their waking hours dreaming of taking over the world while being convinced that all the world’s problems are due to limitations on their authority do not just walk away.
Splitting up the country is unviable, impossible and cowardly. The cold, hard truth is that there’s nowhere to run. This is, as Reagan said, the last hope for freedom. Centuries of fighting for America only to let some of the best parts of it go would be a shameful dismantling of a great nation. And, much like peace with Hitler or Stalin, it’s not on the table anyway. All this talk puts me in mind of Churchill’s “You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour, and you will have war.”
Retreating to the next hill over and promising to fight for that one has marked numerous surrenders on the right. A national divorce actually surrenders real hills while promising to fight for the remaining ones. It doesn’t work.
Either you have a plan to win or a plan to lose. A plan to cut a deal is not a serious plan, it’s a plan to lose.