As some fringe Republican groups demonstrated in 2006 and 2010, when the political winds won’t blow your way, threaten secession. The Wall Street Journal reports that the fringe left is determined to repeat this embarrassing behavior.
With copies of the Arizona constitution before them, they debated how to turn Pima County—a liberal southern swatch of Arizona that borders Mexico and includes Tucson—into “Baja Arizona.”
“What’s the objective?” one member asked the group, Start Our State.
“Becoming our own state and making our own decisions,” said organizer Paul Eckerstrom.
Baja Arizona (the working title) will almost certainly remain a dream, but it suggests the growing chasm between the state’s Republican leaders and its frustrated liberal minority.
I can’t say that I didn’t see something like this coming. Tantrums over not getting one’s way are becoming all too familiar in modern politics. If we are to have rational political discourse in this, or any other nation we need to learn how to accept defeat, debate even if it is (gasp) to no avail, wait for the next election, and convince people of the merits of our arguments. We should not be taking our ball and going home.