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Republicans in northeast Colorado, northern California and now western Maryland are incensed that they should have to endure living in blue states with such horrors as health care.

So they want to break away and set up separate states --sort of the way West Virginia separated from Virginia during the Civil War.

Of course, that cuts both ways, doesn't it?

What about the folks who live on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River who must endure living under Republican rule in Mississippi?

Follow below the orange squiggle to learn about the 54th state -- West Mississippi.

Of course, West Mississippi is purely conceptual. There is no secession movement in Mississippi like there is in northeast Colorado or elsewhere because the folks in West Mississippi have too much freaking common sense.

But, since we are talking about imaginary states that will never exist, let's consider the possibility of a deep blue region seceding from a deep red state.

West Mississippi would consist of 29 counties that stretch from the southern suburbs of Memphis south along the river all the way to Natchez and McComb.

It would include the capital of Jackson, as well as Vicksburg. It would include two of the top 3 largest counties by population -- Hinds and Desoto.

It would include the entire region known as the Delta.

The population of West Mississippi would be 1,030,764. That's bigger than Montana, South Dakota, Delaware, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.

West Mississippi voted for President Obama over Mitt Romney by a 59.3 to 40.7 margin. And that's even though six of the 29 counties actually voted for Romney.

And it doesn't even include the six Arkansas counties and three Louisiana parishes on the west side of the river that voted for Obama that might want to join West Mississippi.

It would be America's first black-majority state.

Imagine that.

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  •  Grand Bargain Time (2+ / 0-)
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    quaoar, tuesdayschilde

    So, let the Repugs get a new state of Western Maryland and the Dems get a new state of Western Mississippi.  I like the symmetry.

  •  let them go. (0+ / 0-)

    then, they can be a district, such as D.C., with non-voting delegates. No statehood.

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    by RadicalParrot on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 10:18:38 PM PDT

  •  ... (0+ / 0-)
    It would be America's first black-majority state.
    How about we section off Dearborn, Michigan and call it America's first Arab-majority state? Or Hidalgo County, Texas and call it America's first Hispanic-majority state? Oh oh oh, maybe we could section off NYC's Jewish bureaus and create a new state for them? We could call it "Little Israel", or hell, how about "Joseph-Smith-Was-Right-istan"?

    Seriously, this is some of the most racist crap I've ever read. You're literally talking about racial segregation on the basis of politics. This is worse than the yahoos from Colorado or Texas who want their own state for political reasons - you're wanting a new state for racial reasons.

    Imagine that.

  •  Wyoming has Two Senators (2+ / 0-)
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    quaoar, tuesdayschilde

    Just like California and New York.  West Mississippi would be a useful corrective, as would North New Jersey.

    Still and all, we have this commentary from the most trusted name in news.

    •  Since "states" are just imaginary constructs (0+ / 0-)

      that our government has created rules for recognizing as entities for governing, any identified region COULD have two senators, if you could work through the rules.

      You have a bad link in your comment so I couldn't look to the most trusted name in news...

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      by a gilas girl on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 04:25:22 AM PDT

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      •  Sorry About the Link (0+ / 0-)

        There is no obvious way to open the comment and make an edit.  I resolve to proofread better, next time.

        I don't know whether I totally agree about states being just imaginary constructs.  While there is certainly a bit of arbitrariness to the bounderies, many boarders reflect real differences.  I did once read an article which proposed dividing the country into fifty slices, with two senators and ten representatives elected from about six million people.  It turns out that Massachusetts could be pretty much left alone while everyone else gets reshuffled.

  •  I don't understand the logic (1+ / 0-)
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    If an area secedes, it doesn't make it a state. It'sjust a territory then with no voting representation, like American Samoa. I get the point of this diary - pointing out that there are many places where the population doesn't agree with the wishes of the voting majority and that is a feature of majority rules democratic y. But the secession idiots really haven't thought it through.

    •  There is no logic. (0+ / 0-)

      People who demand their rights under the Constitution have usually never actually read the Constitution and have no idea how it works.

      "That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff ' Amy Pohler

      by Annie B on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 07:08:11 AM PDT

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  •  There have been black majority states (3+ / 0-)
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    a gilas girl, Be Skeptical, quaoar

    From the Wikipedia article 'List of U.S. states by African-American population', Louisiana (1810-1850 and 1870-1890 censuses), Mississippi (1830-1930 censuses) and South Carolina (1820-1920 censuses) had African-American majority populations.

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    by Gary J on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 02:13:51 AM PDT

    •  Ummm....those year ranges weren't (1+ / 0-)
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      exactly known for Black empowerment based on superior numbers. Actually, was it even a Black majority since some of that time we would have been only 3/5 a person?

      "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

      by CaliSista on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 08:10:25 AM PDT

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