Yup, you know where THIS is going already.
MacKinnon is a former aide to President Ronald "I Don't Remember (And I Have Medical Proof)" Reagan. He's written himself a book, The Secessionist States Of America: The Blueprint For Creating A Traditional Values Country ... Now."
Yup, you also know where THIS is going already.
For those that don't know (and believe me, I envy you), MacKinnon is the dipshit who earlier this year tried to pick a fight with the Walt Disney Company, saying they were indoctrinating children into a "pro-gay agenda". Among his claims were that Disney was featuring the colors of the gay pride flag in as many shots as possible (considering the gay pride flag has all the colors of the rainbow, I'm very curious how you can make something WITHOUT including the colors, other than black and white).
MacKinnon, for some reason, sees acceptance of gays as the ultimate unraveling of the republic (as opposed to our present two-party system. But that's for another column). "For whatever reasont the leaders that we're picking are deciding not to stand firmly for traditional values." MacKinnon sees marriage equality as the ultimate threat to personal liberty (I still don't see how. No one would be forcing me to marry another guy, so I think we straights are safe), but taking over branches of government is useless as the court system won't let them have what they want. The media won't keep quiet. So what is his solution?
MacKinnon wants certain southern states to secede from the Union and form their own country.
I read that and just sat there staring at the screen. I sez to myself, So, basically, they will leave America and not be American anymore.
You have to admit -- it'd be a lot easier if we bottled up all the crazies somewhere where they couldn't bother us rational folks. Hell, I'll pay for a U-haul! I will insist on a no-tagbacks rule, that they can't repatriate. These people forming their own country would be the most perfect justification of xenophobia ever witnessed by man.
What? You want more crazy?!? No problem! MacKinnon proposes the name of the new country should be "Reagan." First, we name an airport after a guy who fired all the air traffic controllers, and now we're going to name a country after the guy who helped make discrimination a weekend sport. We will never have to retire the phrase, "I hate Reaganites" ever.
You may have noticed I wrote "certain southern states." This is because MacKinnon wants Reagan formed from South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida (ooo, home of the theme park of his mortal enemy, Disney! You sly gerrymanding dog, you). He specifically excludes Texas. It's too corrupted by "a number of incursions into Texas and other places from some of the folks in Mexico." Wow, he's really talking about walling himself and other crazies off. Can we Kickstart this thing?
"If you do believe in the Golden Rule, then you're seeing all of this unravel before our eyes daily, unfortunately," he bitched to Janet Mefferd in an interview. Uh, the Golden Rule is, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." How does treating people with respect whether or not they are different from you in any way conflict with that?
I do note that the proposed new nation is significantly small. I mention this because, remember a while ago when Arizona passed that law allowing people to refuse to serve gay people in their businesses if it violated their religious beliefs? Well, in the days afterwards, lots of Arizona businesses put up gay pride flags and window stickers and other things to let gays know they were more than welcome there and the shop owners did not support excluding them. The people behind the ballot initiative started complaining to the businesses that they were being a "get out of being a douchebag free" card and refusing to use it. In other words, the people who actually supported this gay discrimination bullshit were a lot smaller in number than they anticipated. MacKinnon is in for a rude awakening if he ever finds out just how many people in his proposed areas think his idea of institutionized discrimination are bullshit.
Remember, kids, democracy is the right to say what you think, even if you don't think.