“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
“That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it., and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
The opening paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence are universally familiar. Those great words began the separation of an oppressed people from a totalitarian regime. It was the beginning of the United States of America; our republic threw off its colonial shackles and declared itself independent of England.
Such words, however, have not been used since. Perhaps it is time they were.
Millions of Americans believe so. A surprising new poll published this week has found that many supporters of Joe Biden and of President Donald Trump actually agree on something; The time has come to split the country in two.
The poll — conducted by the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia in partnership with Project Home Fire — found that 41 percent of Biden voters and 52 percent of Trump voters favor dividing the country in two between Democrat-voting and Republican-voting states. Yes, it has gone that far.
The relevant points of the poll: “Significant numbers of both Trump and Biden voters show a willingness to consider violating democratic tendencies and norms if needed to serve their priorities. Roughly 2 in 10 Trump and Biden voters strongly agree it would be better if a ‘President could take needed actions without being constrained by Congress or courts,’ and roughly 4 in 10 (41 percent) of Biden and half (52 percent) of Trump voters at least somewhat agree that it’s time to split the country, favoring blue/red states seceding from the union.”
Respondents were specifically asked to address the following statement: “The situation in America is such that I would favor [Blue/Red] states seceding from the union to form their own separate country.” The results show that nearly half of Americans from both major political parties believe the nation’s political divide has become so toxic and irreparable that secession may well be the best solution.
It was part of an alarming trend uncovered by the poll, in which the majority of respondents expressed marked disillusionment with the current system of government.
More than 60 percent of Biden and Trump voters reportedly said they viewed America as “less a representative democracy and more a system that is run by and rigged for the benefit of the wealthy.”
As a way to fix the problems with America’s current political system, respondents seemed to support a more powerful executive branch able to carry out the will of the voters without legislative or judicial checks and balances.
“Overall, more than two-thirds support … emboldening and empowering strong leaders and taking the law into their own hands when it comes to dealing with people or groups they view as dangerous,” the report stated.
The UVA Center for Politics called their findings “dangerous and alarming,” but Project Home Fire expressed hope the results could lead to more constructive political dialog in the future.
“Our hope is that, by employing the tools of modern behavioral science, Project Home Fire can develop a deep, data-driven understanding of the fears and concerns animating the increasingly dangerous political and cultural divide in America,” Robert McWilliams of Project Home Fire said in a statement.
“The logical conclusion then, is that it is in the long-term interest of the country to pursue a series of strategies and tactics that encourage bridge-building and constructive dialogue and re-affirm America’s reputation as the world’s leading representative democracy,” Project Home Fire’s Larry Schack added.
There is a very real question as to whether that is even possible at this juncture. In five short years, on July 4, 2026, we are supposed to celebrate the 250th birthday of the United States of America. There is genuine reason to fear that may no longer be possible.
From the time Donald Trump announced he was running for president in May 2015, our current system of governance has been under attack from the Fascist left. The nine weeks from November 3, 2020, to January 6, 2020, proved that our system is broken and perhaps is so broken as to be beyond repair. Certainly, it appears many people in the U.S. believe the latter to be the case.
In December 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States disregarded the voting rights of over 75 million people. This is not said because our side “lost,” it is said because it is the truth.
Let’s face the facts. If the current situation was reversed, and what was done to President Trump was instead done to Joe Biden, it is an absolute certainty that hundreds of cities across our nation would have been in flames and would still be burning.
Even now, 11 months later, people would be getting pulled from cars and beaten, and police officers would be under assault. Nothing would have been accomplished in the aftermath, Washington would be in lockdown, the nation would be in the midst of an undeclared civil war and no one of the wrong political persuasion would be safe.
Fortunately, “our side” does not resort to such tactics.
Once the pathway was cleared for a blatantly progressive, Fascist government, the divide between Red and Blue, Right and Left, democracy and totalitarianism grew wider. Almost immediately, the border crisis developed, first with a trickle and then with a flood of illegals coming across the Southern border. Biden immediately ended President Trump’s “return to Mexico” policy whereby illegal immigrants had to wait in Mexico for their asylum hearing. Now over 1.5 million new illegals have entered the country.
The economy is still going strong only thanks to the Trump tax cut package continuing in effect. But inflation is building because of the Biden cabal’s refusal to end the $300 weekly unemployment supplement. That program has some workers who were paid more than their unemployment benefit and the supplement staying home anyway, as they have fewer expenses not working. The extra money is actually paying people to stay home and not work, depriving businesses of much-needed labor.
Twenty-five states unilaterally refused to continue paying the excess in May and June, which provided many people with a bigger income than they would earn at a wage-paying job. Others, like California, continued to pay out the supplement even though any true threat of COVID to U.S. workspaces has been greatly reduced. The benefits package expired for everyone on Labor Day, though some continue to receive enhanced benefits who have not used up their eligibility for the excess.
The Fed continues to print money at an alarming rate, so much so that there is no public statement of the amount of money in circulation as there was 40 years ago. If the world and the American people knew how much money is being printed, all would lose total confidence in the U.S. ability to keep prices down and to pay off its debt. Our national debt will exceed, by year’s end, the yearly GDP, which will cause inflation to soar and drastically curb investment in the U.S. The economy will crash.
Biden has already weakened the economy. He killed energy independence by canceling the Keystone XL pipeline when it was 95 percent complete. He even went to the extent of demanding Saudi Arabia increase production so the U.S. could buy more expensive foreign oil and gas. He also removed sanctions against Russia to build the Nord Stream II pipeline, thus preventing the U.S. from selling gas to Germany if we ever manage to regain status as an energy exporter again.
Biden is intent on implementing the insanely expensive Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) in passing the so-called “reconciliation bill” ― named for the process that will allow the Democrats to cut the GOP out of any say in the Senate.
His party saddled the U.S. government with additional major debt through two unnecessary multi-trillion-dollar CCP virus relief packages in 2020. Now they want to overburden us further with an additional $3.5 trillion in alleged “clean energy” expenditures that many of the bill’s critics say will cost closer to $5 trillion ― though Biden says the net cost is zero “because it’s paid for.” The claim is utter nonsense.
Biden’s weakness in foreign policy was spotlighted by his abject failure in Afghanistan. As a result of that grossly negligent and incompetent withdrawal, thousands of Americans and more thousands of Afghan allies and their families were left trapped behind enemy lines. Biden has sought to pretend the crisis in Afghanistan does not exist and his spokespersons have waved off media questions about it.
Allies and enemies around the world have taken note. China has become exceptionally bold. Over the weekend of October 1-3 and on Monday, October 4, it flew over 140 military aircraft into Taiwanese air space. There is speculation that a mainland invasion of Free China is imminent. Israel has taken steps to be on its own in the event its Arab neighbors attack, European allies were already beginning to enter the Russian orbit of influence since Biden took over.
These are just a few of the dozens of major issues that have the world in turmoil and the U.S. so divided that close to a majority of its people are expressing views in favor of splitting the country in two. The reality is, as with the American Civil War, the government cannot allow such a split to occur, and as states determine to enact cessation, there will be war.
That means a split, regardless of how it is initiated. Neither side will emerge with the influence the U.S. once had. We may be entering a permanent weakening of U.S. influence. The world will be much worse off for that.
Mike Nichols is a conservative, a patriot, U.S. Army veteran, licensed professional counselor, political enthusiast, sports fan and writer living with his beautiful wife Liz in the Heartland. He has a regular blog at America’s Conservative Voice on Substack and a Facebook presence at Americas Conservative Voice-Facebook.