During the crisis of the third decade, every political event is centrifugal:
The 330 million people living within the borders of the American empire are aware of it. The following graph shows net optimism (pessimism) that “Americans of different political views can still come together and work out their differences”:
Democrats are enjoying a small, ephemeral victory premium now. It won’t last. The sort of goodwill and unity expressed after 9/11 or even at Barack Obama’s first inauguration is ancient history. The country as currently constituted will never return to even those modest, fleeting levels of unity.
It’s a nice thought, the idea that we’re all Americans in this together, but actual public sentiment doesn’t reflect it. It reveals irreconcilable differences:
Perhaps those who do not share similar values and life goals should not share the same country, either. End the hate, separate.