A More Modest Proposal

I believe that it is time for us to have a very serious conversation about our nation and the extreme polarization that is occurring in both our Federal and state levels of government and how to cure this deficiency. Time and again these past few years we have witnessed the serious erosion in our Federal system of government due to those with hidden agendas, hidden money and unrepentant ambition and egos. The few remaining courts have been deliberately filled with those who are loyal to the party that placed them on their respective benches, instead of being loyal to the laws that they swore to uphold.

I have a solution that might alleviate the matter once and for all. We divide this country into two parts: one part is moderate and willing to listen to other ideas and appreciates things like education and the rule of law and governs themselves accordingly; and one part that holds extreme beliefs and traffics in conspiracy theories, screams at its listeners and viewers non-stop in their own media outlets and goes unregulated, unchecked and unfettered by annoying things like rules, regulation and laws. Coincidentally, these are the foolish ones who often lurk in online chatrooms under the veil of anonymity.

We can implement this plan on a North-South basis and if someone decides they are more inclined to ignore the law and break it, they will have their own prisons to fill for it has often been said by many jurists that “the jails are not full of Rhodes scholars”.

Each state will be divided in half and population density will determine which side gets which portion of each state. The moderate and liberal areas will collectively be known as “Libland” and the unchecked, contrary extremists’ portions will be called “Conland”. Liblanders will ensure their leaders and politicians are properly vetted, hold the proper accreditations and be well-suited to their specific positions in the government. Conlanders will not bother vetting anyone except to see how big their bank account is and what ties they can exploit. Naturally, territorial integrity will have to be maintained because in short order, Libland, with its environmental regulations and laws that will protect their natural resources, will hold the only healthy places to vacation and enjoy. Conlanders will have to accept that their territory is poisoned, polluted and uninhabitable in no time.

Both nations will have their own ambassadors to foreign nations. Libland will not need a standing army as they will be deeply involved in diplomacy and respect for those of other lands and an adherence to international laws and conventions and treaties. Conland will have to arm itself after failure to grasp the delicate nature of diplomacy and offending every nation possible by its words and deeds. Furthermore, Libland will have in place appropriate Internet security that prevents the interference in its government by foreigners who have destructive agendas in mind. Conland will have no such protections, for they will believe it is not necessary.

Libland will have a teeming economy that works for all its citizens and practices only ethical and lawful and fair business models. Conland will have no regulations or ethics to concern themselves with; and this, in due course, will lead to the creation of new monopolies and their inherent unregulated fees and services for their citizens.

Thanks to universal health care for all its citizens, Libland will have a healthier population than Conland. Anyone needing healthcare will be able to visit any physician they choose. Conlanders will not be permitted to travel to Libland for treatment of any kind.

As for politics? No one in Conland’s government will be permitted to dictate to any Liblanders how their government shall be conducted. Why? Because Liblanders have had the proper education and work experience to advance and address the concerns of its citizens and Conland didn’t bother preparing its citizens for a properly functioning government.

After a short time, it is possible that Conlanders will see the error of their ways and attempt a rapprochement and if Liblanders are the intelligent ones, they will ignore those overtures and get on with their lives.

About the Author
Rachel Grenadier was an olah from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2003 who returned to the United States in 2015. She really wanted to stay in Israel, but decided that having family members nearby was better for her health than a bunch of devoted, but crazed, Israeli friends who kept telling her hummous would cure her terminal heart condition. She has her B.A. and M.A. from George Mason University in Virginia and is the author of two books: the autobiographical "Israeli Men and Other Disasters" and "Kishon: The Story of Israel's Naval Commandoes and their Fight for Justice". She is now living in Virginia with her three Israeli psychologically-challenged cats and yet, denies being a "hoarder".
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