Recently I got into a discussion with one of my on-line friends, Tyler (The Portly Politico) about whether the Dissident Right was correct when they said that the only path forward was dividing up the country between the Left and the Right. Now this division could take several directions. The one everyone always mentions is some kind of civil war with armies and battles. But a more likely direction would be some kind of loosening of the ties between states and the federal government to the point where differences on legal and criminal matters end up making them essentially different countries but keeping the parts of the federal government that benefit everyone like the armed forces and interstate highways.
I stated that I thought that something like that was possible but was not necessarily what needed to be done to straighten out the mess we’re in. What would make sense is for the redder states to start asserting themselves on policy issues where the federal government has been pushing their Leftist ideas on the states. A good example would be the abortion laws that some of the southern states have recently passed. Take a stand that you know the Left hates and make them squirm. It’s not enough to pass good legislation. You have weaponize your actions in the same way that the Left does. Another fruitful avenue would be anti-discrimination laws that would allow an employee to take his employer to court for being forced to celebrate something like say, the rainbow coalition that goes against his religious beliefs. Or if the company has openly used diversity as a cover to favor some candidates over others then they could bring this into a state court for adjudication. There’s nothing that a corporation hates more than to have to pay out fines and then have surveillance done on them by government.
An easy one is to go after Leftists in red states. Texas should immediately enact some laws that criminalize the abetting of an illegal alien presence in Texas and then jail all the city politicians in Austin who have made it a sanctuary city. Basically, set up some traps and force them to either follow the illegal immigration laws or go to jail.
If you look at these ideas you can see that they are the mirror image of what the Left does to us in places like California. They pass laws that take some recent court decision and use it as a club to beat any conservatives who happen to live under their jurisdiction. Eventually the Supreme Court might find the law unconstitutional, but in the meantime, they’ve made life hell for their enemies. That’s what our side needs to start doing. Make them pay a price. And with the Supreme Court nominally against them on a lot of these issues, they won’t have any recourse.
These types of actions have several good effects. First off, morale; bad for theirs, good for ours. Secondly, doing things that everyone said was impossible changes opinions, emboldens people who have already given up to give things another chance. Who knows? Maybe we can even flip the Dissident Right back to civic nationalism. And lastly it gives you something to build on. Other states will get the idea and join in. Once you have enough momentum even the Supreme Court might get enough courage to reverse some imaginary constitutional right that a former court made up.
What it’s going to take is some governors and legislators in red states to start coordinating with a Republican President to let some of these types of actions go forward. Sure, the Ninth Circuit Court will scream bloody murder but as long as it’s out side of their jurisdiction they can’t do anything concrete. Hollywood will boycott the states. Good, let them. The states have to start learning to say no to blackmail. This is the perfect time to start. The economy is good and there are plenty of business opportunities that aren’t beholden to leftists. So, if the Chamber of Commerce squawks the Governor can tell them to count their tax blessings that they aren’t in California.
Part of the problem all along is the Republican Presidents have never tried to rein in the Deep State. They are enormously strong but so is the executive power of the presidency. If it can be coordinated with the power that the state legislatures and governors have at their disposal, real progress can be made. And once again we see that all this comes back to having a Republican president who actually is on our side.