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  •  You have your facts wrong (32+ / 0-)

    (why doesn't that surprise me?)
    No state has petitioned the government to secede from the  US. Instead, various and sundry citizens of all 50 states have signed a petition. Completely meaningless.
    For example, Texas has the most petitioners, but the total is less than 2% of the population.
    You sound like someone who lives in a safe blue district, and doesn't get out much, who judges people by where they're from instead of who they are (think Florida doesn't have a huge, wonderful LGBT population?) and who thinks excluding people is the way forward.
    In case you weren't paying attention, that is why the GOP lost the last election.
    FTS.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 04:26:31 AM PST

    •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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      You sound like someone who lives in a safe blue district, and doesn't get out much, who judges people by where they're from instead of who they are (think Florida doesn't have a huge, wonderful LGBT population?) and who thinks excluding people is the way forward.
      I don't know how many times it has to be repeated that the divide here is urban/rural,  not Southern/Northern.

      This New York Times article spells it out very well:

      That we are still using the term “Confederacy” to describe the South and pointing to slave maps says a lot about how hard it is for the region to move beyond its historical reputation, however richly deserved, for one that reflects more current realities.

      Voters in Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans, Birmingham, Ala., and even Jackson, Miss., gave Mr. Obama substantial majorities, not because they are out of step with the rest of the country but because they are part of the same urban-rural divide that drives voting everywhere.
      Here's an earlier diary on the subject, with actual electoral maps by county. If there are any "red states" left, it's a stripe down the middle of the country, which also happens to be the most rural area overall.

      It doesn't fit the diarist's prejudices, certainly, but it's a dispatch from the reality-based world.

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