Further on my: Since we have presidents and governments that hate blue states for political advantage, blue states should secede if post-election the problem continues:

Red state politicians arent all stupid & crazy. They know that red states depend on blue state money.../1
...they know that the red states would have massive upheaval - imposition of massive taxes and huge cutting of services - they will know that "blame blame" and "whatabout" doesnt work when there is no one to blame. And they know that Texas cant finance red state America...2
...all on its own.

Just a serious effort to do this would scare the living hell out of GOP politicians. Blue staters would shrug. "You guys want your minority to govern the majority? Go ahead." A serious effort might give red state politicians pause, recognizing that their...3
.."let's hate more than half of America, vote for me!"doesnt work.

I live in Texas, but I would immediately put my house up for sale and move. My senators and governor, @JohnCornyn @tedcruz @GregAbbott_TX, have made it very very clear that they hate half their constituents...4
...they consider insulting us, degrading us, ignoring us, to be smart politics. So fuck 'em. You don't want us, @JohnCornyn @tedcruz @GregAbbott_TX? You want to insult rather than represent us? Fine. Then let's split up the country. I'll move to Massachusetts & take my taxes...5
...i pay into a government led by a minority that hates the majority leave.

And as Fox starts cheering and cheering as a serious effort by blue states to leave starts, they will suddenly realize - wait. We live in blue states. We depend on blue states. And if they keep...6
...attacking for ratings, as GOP politicians realize the devastation that would be inflicted on red states by a breakup, they might start pushing Hannity to tone it down. And let Hannity move from New York where he is despised to Idaho where he is beloved.

Oh, and one more...7
...benefit of breakup. Blue America would never have to accept a lying propaganda network like Fox again. Canada has standards on truthfulness that Fox can't pass, so does Britain, which is why it is in neither country. Blue America adopts those same rules, and Fox is gone....8
...let them try to make money from the minority of citizens, let them try to make money from the poorest, most uneducated states. Because they will never be allowed to speak to the wealthy states again. Oh, and by the way - the same Canadian standards on broadcasting lies...9
...would be applied. No network in blue America would be allowed to broadcast propaganda into red America. So buh-bye Fox. Your offices are closed, and you have to move to Texas - but since it will be quickly packed, maybe south dakota.

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