South-Hating Author's Plan Would Have Saved 600,000 Lives In The 1860s

Chuck ThompsonThis plan, if followed, would have saved 600.000 lives in the 1860s:

Author Advocates Letting ‘Mouth-breathing, Racist’ South Secede

By Ryan Robertson, NewsBusters.org, August 13, 2012 | 10:59

Better Off Without 'Em (The Feeling Is Mutual)

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Liberals really should decide how they feel about the idea of southern states seceding from the union. The MSNBC crowd suddenly wraps itself in Old Glory and rediscovers the meaning of “treason” at the mention of it.

Others, like travel writer Chuck Thompson, wish they’d go. He honestly believes Southern conservatives are standing in the way of progress and solely responsible for political gridlock. The only ‘logical’ way of dealing with it in his mind is secession. Only then can the Northern states have the utopian society they’re apparently on the verge of attaining.

Despite being known for more of a tongue-in-cheek style, he couldn’t have been any more serious. So serious in fact, that he wrote a book called “Better Off without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession”. He promoted it in a recent radio interview with AlterNet’s Joshua Holland.

We didn’t let the South go when we had the chance. We would have avoided a lot of problems,” Thompson said. “We – meaning this group in the north as we might identify ourselves – could take the country we want into a direction that we think is befitting of America without this push and pull that comes from the Southern states.”

The problem, he said, is that “dim-witted, mouth-breathing, racist rednecks” represent enormous “voting quorums” in the South. Apparently, they get that way by being Christian. Evangelical Christians who literally interpret the Bible and adhere to its principles are “lunatics” somehow. “In the South, it’s different, because there is no such thing as compromise,” he said. “If its God’s law that is driving you … then you simply can’t compromise, and that’s where I think a lot of the dysfunction of our political process comes into play.”
Author Chuck Thompson[Email him] is personally a white guy, but he's not a "self-hating" white guy. He doesn't hate himself. He hates you. (You don't have to be an actual Southerner to be hated by the Thomspsons of the world--Nicholas Stix and Frank Borzillieri qualify, too.)
Two problems, unacknowledged by Thompson, the North would have avoided by letting the South go in 1860, would have been
  1. The Great Migration that destroyed Detroit, and badly damaged dozens of other Northern cities.
  2. A southern border with Mexico--an independent North would have the Confederacy on its southern border.

Of course, Thompson seems to have forgotten that there are black people in the South. Half of the Congressional Black Caucus is elected from the South. I wonder how they feel about Thompson's plan.