America: Sick Yet Salvageable?
This November election could end our first-world status
If Trump wins a second term, could we see a mass exodus of liberals from the US, a possible Trexit? One writer thinks so. Check out Christopher Dale's editorial from Newsday for more.
They just might mean it this time.
That’s the take-away from prominent conservative F.H. Buckley’s new book, "American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup."
“Americans have never been more divided,” reads the overview, “and we’re ripe for a breakup. The bitter partisan animosities, the legislative gridlock … invites us to think that we’d be happier were we two different countries.”
Correctly, Buckley feels political divisiveness has approached a precipice, and November’s presidential election could push us over the edge. What he doesn’t consider, however, is that it’s easier for individuals to leave a country than for states to secede from it.
America isn’t flirting with secession. We’re flirting with Trexit — a mass liberal exodus. And with impeachment failing to even dent the president’s approval ratings, many liberals are just now fully confronting a possible second Trump term.
Of course, the “If Trump wins, I’m leaving” vows are nothing new. Many liberals, including me, made them leading up to the 2016 election. We weren't really serious, because we didn't take his chances seriously. So when he shockingly won, we put our "go bags" down and echoed a collective consolation: Mistakes happen, even huuuge ones.
We diagnosed our nation as sick yet salvageable. A con man had hoodwinked enough voters to eke out a victory despite receiving nearly three million less votes than his opponent.
We foresaw the most damaging presidency in history. And as Trump withdrew the United States from a worldwide pact to combat climate change, embraced ruthless dictators and instigated a racism-fueled mass shooting in Texas, this prediction proved prescient.