We Canadians are a pretty observant bunch, generally speaking. My friends and I, for example, have been steadily observing the election-year craziness south of our border, and it’s become exceedingly clear that you actually have not just one country, but two…
The breakdown looks roughly like this:
Republican – Democrat
Rich – Poor
White – Nonwhite
Christian – Non-religious/other
Red states – Blue states
Southern/midwest states – Northern states
Interior states – Coastal states
Gun-lovers – gun-haters
Rural – Urban
Anti-Abortion – Pro-choice
Anti-gay rights – Pro-human rights for all
My friends and I have lived an average of six decades or more, and never before have we seen your country this polarized. Not even JFK vs. Nixon. Nor McGovern vs. Nixon. Certainly not in all the areas listed above. You can cut the country with, well, a knife – although I don’t like that violent image.
I am starting to think that maybe the U.S. ought to be divided in reality, each side with its own government, to match its political divisions… along the lines above. That way, those who like to be covered by health insurance, for example, can have it. Those who don’t, can live on the other side. Those who love their guns, can have them. Those who don’t, other side. And so on. With maybe Donald Trump’s wall between them.
I am only being slightly facetious. Your thoughts?