Is it time to just cut the big cities loose?
We are supposed to have federalism in this country. 50 experiments working together but doing their own thing within a general framework. But as we said in a post yesterday, there are many who want this nation of 330,000,000 to move as one giant collective entity entirely run out of Washington DC. That isn't going to work well.
It just doesn't make sense. Different regions have different interests and our Constitution provides for a way to manage these differences. However, for some this flexibility and regional variation in law is unacceptable as policy can't be decreed to all corners of the country from on high if the states actually have sovereignty. Or at least more sovereignty. It's hard for instance to implement nationalized healthcare if the states can opt out. And we can't have states opting out now can we? That would be "un-American".
What if we stopped demanding that people with fundamentally different value systems who live nowhere near each other constantly fight about politics so they can develop temporary political compromises that are unsatisfactory to all?
That sounds nice, doesn't it? I suggest it's appealing because this nation is just too big to function. We have 325 million people flung across 3.8 million square miles. A majority will always feel forgotten by Washington, because they are. Consider that the House of Representatives has one member for every 747,000 Americans. In the first Congress, that ratio was57,000 to one. One person may be able to fairly represent 57,000 others, but I doubt it. Representing 13 times that is impossible.
But perhaps there is another option. Why not just cut the cities loose? Let them become city states. New York, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, perhaps a few others. THIS it seems solves the problem more effectively than chopping the country into 7 different parts as the author of the attached article suggests. Plus we already have 50 STATES. We have the framework already.
It seems the real divide in this country is between a few urban nodes, dominated by those who want a large and intrusive state and the rest of the country. That is the main split right there. One can feel it as one drives into any city from almost any suburb in the USA. Some of us want relatively small government and low taxes. Many in the big cities, where people are piled on top of one another want a managerial state.
Let them have their managerial state and let the rest of the country breathe free(er.)