That's it conservatives. You've reached peak level for Reagan references. There's no more out there which can top this. Just give up. Don't bother with drill, baby drill. Reagan has just stopped being a renewable resource. Former Reagan aide Douglas MacKinnon wants a neo-confederacy—named Reagan.
MacKinnon was speaking to conservative radio personality Janet Mefferd, according to Right Wing Watch. The author was promoting his new book, "The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country … Now." OF COURSE, MacKinnon swears he's only being hypothetical. It's only a thought experiment. Completely academic! Except, you know, if it happened, he would totally be cool with that, and of course he has the perfect name already.
If it moves beyond the academic, then it's one of those things, too, where obviously now – in the age of instant communication – the world would also know about this country. The interim name for the country, by the way, is Reagan.
Why am I calling this an anti-gay nation state? Because part of those "traditional values" is the total lack of discrimination protection in public accommodations for lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in same-sex relationships. Can you just imagine what the Neoconfederate States of AMURICAH would do with transgender people?
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. 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.
And my fellow lady type people? If you're getting Gilead vibes (you know, the nation state, not to be confused with a different novel altogether), you are not alone. This sounds frighteningly like someone used Margaret Atwood's famous novel as an operating manual. Hell, MacKinnon doesn't even think we need all the states. Just Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. He cited the states's populations, natural resources, and water body access as ideal for the neoconfederacy.
We look at what states would be viable in terms of doing something like this. In fact, what states would provide sort of the new landmass for a new republic dedicated to traditional values. And the consensus was that the three best states in the union would be South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
I hate to tell you dude, but Atlanta is pretty gay. It's also pretty black. It's also liberal as fuck. All those people you don't like, right there in the northern central part of the state. Just taking up prime real estate.
So what about everyone's favorite perennially secession threatening state, my home, the Great State of Texas?
[T]here have been a number of incursions into Texas and other places from some of the folks in Mexico.
Oh, right. Brown people. Got it.
You can listen to the entire interview here, but fair warning, it's a real doozy:
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