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October 26, 2013


Jim Milstein

"We've been here before."

Yes, and they are the descendants of the Southern fire-eaters, either genetically or morally or both. Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. We're stuck in a bad marriage.

Perhaps a drug could be developed either to resolve their hysteria or, at least, to make it less painful for everyone else.


I think that we can actually live without them.


I'd sure like to try, anyway!


Let's just agree to a divorce and let them secede. And no bothering us for foreign aid, either. On a more serious note, I really hope we don't end up resolving the issue the way we did last time.

Lee Amon

American politics has always been tribal. Check out this article by Michael Lind of the New America Foundation written in 2001.

The core of the northern party (originally Federalists, Whigs and Republicans, and now Democrats) has been citizens of New England and the "greater New England" region settled by the descendants of colonial-era New Englanders, an enormous area which includes the great lakes, the upper prairie and the Pacific north-west. The culture of these "Yankees" originated in 17th-century English Puritanism. Its legacy remains in a distinct New England Yankee culture which values moral rectitude and social reform.

The historic rivals to the greater New England Yankees in US politics have been the coastal southerners of Virginia, South Carolina, and the Gulf coast region, which they settled from the Florida panhandle to east Texas. Royalist refugees from Cromwell's Puritan dictatorship--the so-called "Cavaliers"--created a hierarchical, traditional, aristocratic society based on a plantation economy. They have always dominated the southern party (originally Jeffersonian Republicans, then Jacksonian and Rooseveltian Democrats, and now Republicans).

The key is that Democrats, as soon as they became the party of civil rights, broke their coalition.

Jim Milstein

In Colorada, AnneJ, many of us, ever since the Battle of Glorietta Pass, have been interested in answering the Texas Question. They talk big. That can be fixed.

I propose a battle to the death in single combat between their beloved champion, Ted Cruz, and some skinny little dude from, say, Boulder. Winner takes all.

Could be good.

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