Opinion: Can the ‘Divided States’ ever unite again?

Clark County Today Administrator Heidi Wetzler offers a radical solution for a broken America.

Clark County Today Administrator Heidi Wetzler offers a radical solution for a broken America

In early 2020, I was part of my 30-year high school reunion planning committee. We were in the middle of planning our festivities when COVID-19 hit and eventually the restrictions caused us to postpone the event. There has been some talk as of late as to when we should reschedule, but not surprisingly, the response has been a little lackluster. I fear that the political climate and intense ideological divisions that have happened over the past year and half, will have a lasting effect on my classmates’ interest in gathering as a group. 

Heidi Wetzler, administrator, ClarkCountyToday.com
Heidi Wetzler, administrator, ClarkCountyToday.com

Personally, I have privately reached out to several classmates recently who happen to be of the opposite political persuasion to me. The reasons for my communications have been apolitical and benign, just simple and friendly. But many have chosen not to respond to me. Maybe they are just busy, as we all are. But maybe our friendships are forever damaged, and they simply aren’t interested in remaining friends if we don’t agree on everything.  

I have written in this space before about how I have prided myself on enjoying friendships with people all over the political spectrum. I never wanted to feel so strongly about my personal opinions that it affected my valued friendships. Growing up, this possibility wasn’t a thought that ever entered my mind, and I would guess it barely entered the minds of my classmates and friends either. Today, however, we are encouraging the youngest members of society to fight for complicated causes. Unhappy adults are creating unhappy children. The division in this country is affecting the mental health of our youth in a devastating way. Our psychiatric system is completely overwhelmed, and many of our youth are paying the ultimate price for that. Children’s minds are meant to be innocent and carefree. The tension surrounding every single topic is costly, in the mental health of our youth – and ourselves. Our leaders thrive on sewing division in order to acquire power, and our fractured citizenry is falling for the ruse. 

I believe our country is no longer able to function effectively with our current political system. The constant tug-of-war between the political parties is producing a two-steps-forward, three-steps-back outcome. We might as well be treading water and bashing each other over the head at the same time. The reasoning behind many causes is illogical and dishonest. Many representatives are unable to lead by example in compromise and humility. We are in an irreconcilable state full of pride and oppositional decision making. One’s thoughts and speech are no longer free and media and big tech censorship and corruption are rampant. I do not have words strong enough to describe the role the mainstream media has played in creating the situation we are in today. It is not an exaggeration to say that they are public enemy number one. In short, America is a mess and I believe it’s time to look very seriously at our options.  

While this may seem absolutely crazy to some, am I the only one who has thought about the possibility of dividing America in two? The United States has the population and landmass to make this possible. One America could continue on with the original constitution and intent of this land. This America could uphold the traditional values and ideas that America was founded upon. The new America could be free to run with the progressive ideologies it holds dear and build what it believes to be a better America for its citizens. Both sides could be unshackled from the incessant and toxic infighting that is so obviously and irreversibly damaging our young and older citizens alike. I have only recently begun to believe that the rift is too large to recover from and the fight for power for power’s sake is causing irreversible damage to our people. This has been a depressing realization for my normally optimistic self. The fact that we have a dementia patient as our president right now and that this piece of information is completely ignored by both the party he belongs to as well as the mainstream media is yet another nail in the coffin of this failed country.  

In my mind, this idea is brilliant. At this point, who would be against it? Who in the world is happy in the current state of this country? Of course, it would take years to implement once the details are worked out. We could either break it up state by state according to the leading political party in each state, or there could be a more contiguous approach. Each country would need adequate access to waterways and resources. All federal systems would need to be divided. To me, the idea of finding a way to somehow move forward from this currently dysfunctional country sounds appealing – even glorious. You can not underestimate the feeling of helplessness so very many of us are experiencing. 

The progressive America could have universal health care, strict gun control, a liberal education system, free college and open borders.  The original America could subscribe to the opposite ideals. And if you don’t already live in the America of your choice, you could make plans to get there in the future. 

I am curious if this idea would receive bipartisan support?   I’d love to hear your opinions on this thought experiment.  

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Christine J
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Christine J
1 month ago

I agree with you that this a wonderful idea. Sadly however, I just don’t ever see this happening. The current administration is drunk with power, and I see them stopping at nothing to continue doing everything possible to destroy this land that I love. As long as they continue to control the main stream media, and their sheep continue to follow, there will be no peace, or any bipartisan agendas. Our own president has openly threatened us with the use of nuclear weapons and F-15s. This was not some Freudian slip. He absolutely meant it, and the Democratic party and their die hard followers have turned into a group of people like I’ve never seen before. They thrive on hatred and violence, and in all honestly, there is nothing that will pacify them, just short of absolute and complete control over our lives and every movement we make. It makes me both sad and angry that more people do not see this. I never, ever, thought that our nation would look or act like what it has become in an incredibly short amount of time. But if there is ever a time where we could split, I would gladly join the side that I agreed with.

Sheila
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Sheila
1 month ago

We are clearly already divided. A separation of land mass and government is not too far fetched. But there is more than just a division of politics involved here, there is the globalist agenda and a separation of land mass would make no difference in the long run. This is a matter of good vs evil, and that requires each of us as individuals to stand and be counted.

Bud Harris
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Bud Harris
1 month ago

There are two Americans divided by thought. If you only read, listen and watch the same political media, and associate with like minded people, you will be a victim of confirmation bias. We have to listen to understand each other and realize people of differing opinions can still be good Americans. Most Americans are good Americans no matter what. .

Drake Peters
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Drake Peters
1 month ago

This is absolutely what needs to happen and I have been telling my friends the exact same thing for months. Great article and I can only hope and pray we can separate peacefully.

Jack Burton
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Jack Burton
1 month ago

“One America could continue on with the original constitution and intent of this land. This America could uphold the traditional values and ideas that America was founded upon.”

The original Constitution allowed only property owning, white males to vote. Black people were property and only counted as 3/5 of a person for reasons of government representation.

“The new America could be free to run with the progressive ideologies it holds dear and build what it believes to be a better America for its citizens.”

Like equal rights for women and minorities? Social security, unemployment insurance, public education, and Medicare/Medicaid? Child labor laws? Food and Drug Administration protections?

You’ll never get bipartisan support because often we don’t fit neatly into one side or the other. Many older Americans would claim to want to be in the “Conservative America”, but would reconsider once you explained Social Security is “socialist” and therefore cannot exist on the “original Constitution and intent” side. Many women and people of color would avoid the “original Constitution” America, but where do they go if they value their 2nd Amendment rights?

There were people that thought the crazy Progressives had gone too far and tried to create two Americas before. I think it is still in many history curriculums, but angry people at school board meetings may demand it be removed as un-American any time now. It occurred in the early 1860s and there are some important lessons to be learned.

If you need a country full of people that look, think, and act exactly as you do America is probably not for you. America is messy, but there is a beauty to that messiness uniquely American. Living among people of differing appearances, ideologies, and religions can be difficult. However, these differences have contributed to America’s greatness for over 200 years. Wanting to divide America for the second time to simply surround oneself with people agree with them is one of the least American, and least patriotic, things I can think of.

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Michele A Scott
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Michele A Scott
1 month ago

Let’s set aside for the moment how divisively written this opinion is (while somehow bashing the divisiveness of the country? Do you even hear yourself?), and take a second to point out how impractical this “solution” is. I have the same argument for the people who say ‘America, Love It or Leave It.’ Most Americans do not that the FUNDS to pack up and move to another country, let alone across the country. Have you not considered the financial impact of this? People “having” to move to their agreeable side not only have to have the money to move (finding a new home, *affording* a new home, etc.), but what’s to say they’ll be able to find a job when they get there? This is way too simplistic of an idea, not to mention extremely anti-American ideals. This is exactly why we’ve become so divisive…because people like you only want to be around people like you.

John Laird
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John Laird
1 month ago

On one hand you decry “sewing (sic) division” but on the other hand you call the president of the United States a “dementia patient.” Pot, meet kettle.

John Laird
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John Laird
1 month ago
Reply to  Heidi Wetzler

“whose” not who’s

John Laird
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John Laird
1 month ago
Reply to  Heidi Wetzler

Speaking of holding the media accountable, tell us how you know that the president is a “dementia patient.” Cite your sources. Or is that just something you WANT to be true?

Drake Peters
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Drake Peters
1 month ago
Reply to  John Laird

I have one source you should be relying on more than any other….your brain. If your eyes and ears don’t communicate the Biden’s slip into dementia then you may be either not that perceptive or willfully ignorant to what you see. He is almost 80 years old and you thin that it’s ok for him to occupy the office of the president? Wow is all one can say to that.

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