Dear future, when science fiction fans wish that you'll be filled with all the things we read about in books, we really weren't talking about Margaret Atwood's
The Handmaid's Tale.
Sincerely, 99.9 percent of the population.
However, if you're hankerin' to live in a nation dominated by people who feel that women should know their place, blacks should be put in their place, and gays don't have any place at all, then know that the name has already been chosen.
While speaking yesterday with Janet Mefferd about his book, “The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country…Now,” [conservative columnist and former Reagan administration aide Douglas] MacKinnon called for a movement of states, starting with South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, to establish a new country that will adhere to the Religious Right’s political agenda. ...
After lamenting that “for whatever reason the leaders that we’re picking are deciding not to stand firmly for traditional values,” MacKinnon repeated his view that a new country should be formed, and even proposed an “interim name” for the ultraconservative breakaway nation: “Reagan.”
Way down yonder in the land of Ronald, old times there are not forgotten—because we're not letting you forget. Remembering old times is the whole point, dammit. Remember old times! And remember that the most patriotic thing a true American patriot can do is leave America, take their state with 'em, and kick out the gays.
But wait. Just South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida? Why is the Reagan club so exclusive? Where's the biggest state in the South? The state that already has an annual we-could-so-leave-if-we-wanted-to discussion?
Texas, MacKinnon explained, was not included in his secessionist blueprint because “there have been a number of incursions into Texas and other places from some of the folks in Mexico.”
Ahhh, yes. Sneaky brown people have infiltrated Texas, making it non-Reagany. Okay. Gotcha.
But before you let in Georgia, you just might want to take a look at Atlanta.
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