Southerners Want To Secede?
More of them do than is reassuring, at least among Republicans.
This isn't shocking to me. I grew up in Charleston, SC, which invented
secession, and the truth is that Southerners, at least conservative ones, are "patriotic" only when the government is doing what they like, but when they lose, the "heritage" whining begins. They have never stopped looking at themselves as an occupied people, biding their time. This is why things like the Confederate flag are so important to them.
Not unlike the current Republican party, they're not just sore losers, they never really understood
that they lost. It was, in the end, beneficial to them that they did. But Southerners, sadly, never got that. Rather than tending to practicality, Southerners have a way of riding what they consider a principle until it crashes into the ground, and burns, and burns. Because to them, admitting they're wrong would be psychological suicide. (I share this flaw) This is also linked to their strong need for faith. (this one not so much)
I can't tell you why this is, but it's what I grew up with, sad but true. My own feeling?
Let 'em go. They've kept themselves so culturally separate since the Civil War(to the point that, when I moved north, I found that no one seemed to know anything had happened down there since the civil rights movement; partly because nothing had) that we'd hardly miss them. Just go, folks. And then see where your economy goes without the rest of the country subsidizing you. Have you not noticed how poor you are compared to the rest of the country, how underdeveloped, how there are parts of your cities and towns with conditions not unlike the Third World? Ask me sometime about the ghettos in Charleston, full of dilapidated, ancient buildings, right next to the docks on the Cooper River, where, when a major storm occurs, it floods because Charleston, like New Orleans, is mostly under sea level.
You'll still have to sell your goods to someone and that'll be us. You'll still want tourism, and the visitors will be us. It's just you won't be fucking up our elections, that's all. You'll be another Mexico. Stop pretending to be Americans, y'all. Just go.