Okay, not really, but this article is amusing.
Ted Turner all but confirmed the balkanization of America when he established a cable network exclusively for the citizens of Dixie, serving up finger-lickin' TV fare that includes Andy Griffith reruns, the best of World Championship Wrestling, CNN South, and slapstick movies such as Dumb and Dumber (which, according to the president of "Turner South," gets unusually high ratings regionally).
Ouch, that one hurts.
Clinton's path to victory was the trashing of Sister Soulja as he and other Southern Democrats weaned their party away from Northern special interests (aka "the party base") such as environmentalists, organized labor, African-Americans, consumer advocates, Latinos, and gays. Gore lost the election (and even his home state, which he loyally represented for 16 years) because he went off message and dared to espouse progressive, populist themes on government, gun control, and the environment.
I can't disagree with that assessment.
Economically and socially, secession will be painless for the North. The South is a gangrenous limb that should have been lopped off decades ago. ... They [Southern states] steal business away from the North the same way that developing countries worldwide have always attracted foreign direct investment: through low wages and anti-union laws.
Hmmm, let's see. Nissan built their mammoth new plant in Mississippi because of the lower cost of living, big city nearby (Jackson), and LOWER TAXES than most other states. Boeing built it's Delta rocket plant in Decatur, AL
, for similiar reasons. New England is (relatively) crowded and more socialist than the Southern states.
Imagine then, for just a moment, the North as its own nation. Trent Lott and Dick Armey would be foreigners. We would no longer be subjected to round-the-clock TV commercials for Dale Earnhardt commemorative plates. If you were to expel all Southerners from Congress (both parties, mind you) the new liberal majority would be able to pass tougher gun laws and legislation barring discrimination against gays and lesbians immediately. With the South banished from the Union, we could begin to correct the most objectionable aspects of Southern behavior with the same tools we use to engage countries such as China: by making trade and continued foreign aid contingent upon sincere efforts to clean up the environment and improve human rights. We could implement "Plan South Carolina" to convince tobacco growers to develop alternative crops. Northern observers could ensure democracy in Florida polling places. Peace Corps volunteers could teach the necessary skills that would allow Southerners to pull themselves out of poverty and illiteracy while simultaneously promoting a better understanding of American values.
This is the best part. First of all, the guy's advocating NORTHERN SECESSION, which is why they'll continue to be the US and the South can "become" the Confederacy again, right? He's a dummy if he thinks that secession means that you can kick other sovereign states out of a voluntary union. Go form the Liberal States of America if you want to, but they wouldn't be part of the USA any more.
Secondly, he's acting like the South is some sort of Third World country. Typical elistist snobbism (yes, I overdo the whole snob thing, but it's fun). When your state is as white and as wealthy as Mass, well, that's a far different cry from the poorest state in the union, Mississippi. Wealth has a lot to do with what he's describing.
Note: I don't really wish for any states to secede from the union, but I believe that they and their citizens have the right to do so, because the individual states existed first, prior to the formation of the several federal governments that we've had. They entered into a voluntary union to make things like interstate trade and having a national currency easier. However, I think that we and the world would be better off if the Southern secession hadn't been stopped by the tyrant Lincoln. There would be millions more Americans alive today (not just the 620,000 that died in the war: would we have unconstitutionally become involved in Korea, or Vietnam, or the current mess in Iraq?), and there probably never would've been a need for a civil rights movement.
[Edited 2004-11-11 02:50:32]