Ironically, Justice Clarence Thomas has been quoted saying, “We have decided that rather than confront disagreements, we’ll just simply annihilate the person who disagrees with me. I don’t think that’s going to work in a republic, in a civil society.” And he’s right about that. But as a country, we really are at a point where no matter who wins the presidency, the loser will feel tyrannized. Which is to say that, as a country, we have reached a point of irreconcilable differences. Which is to say that, as a country, it’s time for a divorce. I still don’t know how to divvy up the territory, this would add yet another (at least one other) national border, and in general I oppose borders because of human rights concerns, but what the dubious furor over Donald Trump’s claims of election-rigging (figure 1) really points to is a delegitimization of the national government as, no matter who wins the presidency, many people will feel that s/he isn’t their president.
Burgess Everett, “Cruz: GOP may block Supreme Court nominees indefinitely,” Politico, October 26, 2016, http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/cruz-supreme-court-blockade-230363
- Clarence Thomas, quoted in Burgess Everett, “Cruz: GOP may block Supreme Court nominees indefinitely,” Politico, October 26, 2016, http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/cruz-supreme-court-blockade-230363↩