Some days it is hard to keep up with the growing insanity infecting the Republican Party. Swamp fever doesn't even begin to describe how far the party has drifted from what I and my ancestors supported. Now, former Ronald Reagan aide Douglas MacKinnon, is arguing that certain Southern states - South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida - need to secede to avoid the scourge of gay marriage and to implement a government based on "traditional values" which one can only assume include, homophobia, racism, and the subjugation of women to name a few. The name of this new nation? Reagan. These folks truly belong in an insane asylum. Salon looks at the batshitery. Here are excerpts:
What does conservative columnist and former Reagan aide Douglas MacKinnon see when he surveys the current state of affairs? A world, he says, that’s been “turned upside down if you do believe in traditional values.” Just look, for instance, at those uppity gays and their demand for equal treatment.“If you happen to refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple because it goes against your religious beliefs, you can be driven out of business,” MacKinnon told right-wing radio host Janet Mefferd yesterday. “If you’re a football commentator and you happen to just say innocently that maybe I wouldn’t have drafted a gay football player because I wouldn’t want to deal with the distraction, many people on the left will try to drive you out of your job as well.”So what’s a God-fearing, gun-toting, gay-loathing supporter of traditional values to do? It’s time, MacKinnon argues, to start thinking about drastic measures. The author was on Mefferd’s program to promote his new book, “The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values County … Now.” You can guess what he proposes.He just wants his dear readers to think about what a “Duck Dynasty”-watching, Cracker Barrel-patronizing, skeet-shooting republic with NO GAYS ALLOWED would look like. MacKinnon reckons that we don’t need all of the former Confederate states to secede for this purely hypothetical, totally academic, completely theoretical project to work.And the consensus was that the three best states in the union would be South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida,” MacKinnon told Mefferd, citing the states’ population, natural resources, infrastructure and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. No Texas? There’s reason enough for that, MacKinnon explains. “[T]here have been a number of incursions into Texas and other places from some of the folks in Mexico,” he said.“The interim name for the country, by the way, is Reagan.” OK, but didn’t we fight a Civil War over this kind of thing? Relax, MacKinnon assured Mefferd. “The eyes of the world would be watching” how the U.S. government responded to the Republic of Reagan’s formation, so Dictator Nobama won’t be launching a Second War of Northern Aggression.So dare to dream, culture warriors. Picture a country where tyrannical homosexuals don’t insist on “rights” and “equality,” ketchup is a vegetable, and the kids Just Say No.