You can tell a protest isn’t exactly a grassroots affair when the Governor is a scheduled speaker. But there Texas Governor Rick Perry was on April 15, smiling and lapping up the adulation of the Tea Party crowd that chanted “Secede! Secede! Secede!” Later on,
With the new red nations of Chesapeake and Mackinac, a shared waterway is what defines the small national identity. The blue nation of Montana is landlocked, but it has a border with Canada.
Like the maple tree in my yard, the USA is in danger of splitting apart because it is comprised of two halves that have grown under radically different conditions. The right branch of the USA has grown in relative darkness, holding itself tight and closed, out of fear. The left trunk of the USA has grown in the light, more open in its habits.