Radio host Rush Limbaugh has never been a man to pull punches.
But many listeners were still surprised when he took it to the next level on Wednesday, saying that secession is a real possibility in America’s near future.
Limbaugh: ‘We’re Trending Toward Secession’
Limbaugh spoke frankly on his show, admitting that more and more people are asking him the simple question: “what in the world do we have in common with the people who live in, say, New York? What is there that makes us believe that there is enough of us there to even have a chance at winning New York, especially if you’re talking about votes.”
Limbaugh said that America’s current cultural and political divide might be too big to overcome.
“There cannot be a peaceful coexistence of two completely different theories of life, theories of government, theories of how we manage our affairs. We can’t be in this dire a conflict without something giving somewhere along the way,” he said.
“I know that there’s a sizeable and growing sentiment for people who believe that that is where we’re headed whether we want to or not,” Limbaugh added.
Is There Still Hope to Save the Union?
According to Limbaugh there’s still hope to avoid some kind of disastrous conflict or separatism, but only if the Republican party can come together.
“I myself haven’t made up my mind. I still haven’t given up the idea that we are the majority and that all we have to do is find a way to unite and win. Our problem is the fact that there are just so many RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) – so many Republicans in the Washington establishment who’ll do anything to maintain their membership in the establishment because of the perks and the opportunities that are presented for their kids and so forth.”
I have long thought we are headed for a breakup, perhaps along the line of the post-Soviet model or Articles of Confederation days. Rush Limbaugh brought up secession today, saying he thinks we are trending toward it.
— Tymoteusz (@timofowler) December 9, 2020
Is Rush Right?
While Limbaugh’s observations about the growing conflict in America do reflect real concerns there are also other ways to look at today’s political and cultural situation.
Instead of seeing the split in America as being between red states and blue states, political analysts are noticing a widening political and cultural gap between those who live in cities and those who live in smaller towns and the country.
The growing urban-rural divide is reflected in the results of this year’s presidential election, where the country is more split internally – even within red states and blue states – than on a state-by-state basis.
Perfect examples of this are the extremely close race in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina, where Democrats dominated cities like Atlanta, Raleigh and Phoenix but fell far short of smaller cities and voters from the country. Even states like Texas have a growing Democrat vote in many large cities, but are outweighed by the vote from smaller cities and remaining conservatives in the cities.
The Forgotten Men and Women
President Trump promised that the forgotten men and women of America would be forgotten no more, and they listened – both in 2016 and in 2020. But the growing divide between cities and smaller communities in the country reflects a real and growing reality.
Limbaugh’s comments about secession should be taken seriously, but they also oversimplify the situation which is that even many red and blue states have a mix of voters of very different cultures and backgrounds.
In order for a comeback of unity to happen going forward it may be much more complicated than many people think, and the current political map looks like what might happen is that many smaller conservative communities and areas might end up simply becoming more independent and looking after themselves as a result of the disorder and crisis facing the country.
What do you think? Is Rush Limbaugh right?