There seem to be very different visions for America right now. Many conservatives, especially in places like Texas (where the governor has openly called for secession), yearn for an America that returns to "traditional" values. These conservatives, such as the Tea Partiers, have had a powerful influence on US politics over the past decade, getting the country into the Iraq and Afghan war, deregulating the economy, opposing social liberalization like gay marriage and health care, and cutting taxes (unfortunately, without cutting spending). Now, I'm not saying that conservatism is necessarily a bad thing, but it does seem like the country is lagging tremendously behind other, more moderate nations such as Switzerland and Japan, in education, health care, overall living standards, you name it. Many of these policies are ones that the Tea Party expressly opposes (eg: Senator Jim DeMint calling for the abolition of the Department of Education). In light of this, would you support the idea of giving autonomous control to the Southern region of the United States, which is dominated by conservatives? Currently, these states elect nearly one third of the senators and was crucial in ensuring Bush's two successful wins. There would be open borders with this new country, but it would elect its own President and organize its own economy and foreign policy. With all the states in red below, this new Southern nation would have a population of approximately 90 million people. Meanwhile, there would be 210 million Americans left in the US. The political and demographic composition of this population would be dramatically different. Political power would shift dramatically to moderates and liberals, resulting in widespread changes in policies. Gay marriage, universal healthcare, greater investments in education and transport, a less militaristic foreign policy and new climate change policies would probably become a reality, mirroring other developed nations. Conversely, the voting base would also likely be more accepting of higher taxes to fund these changes. So, would you be opposed to this split and why? (PS: This is purely a thought exercise).