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Letters to the Editor

November 27, 2012

Peaceful solution to coming war: ‘divorce’

CENTERVILLE — Dear Editor,

Our first Civil War claimed 620,000 lives. Today our nation is at the same point that it was back in 1860. We're deeply divided on very basic ideological issues and the level of anger, from both sides, bares a striking resemblance to that era. Based on today's population we can expect that at least 6.2 million Americans would be killed in the second Civil War.

A few days ago I read a proposal that offered a peaceful resolution to what many of us see as being inevitable. It was a simple proposal of "divorce." To keep things simple: "we" will refer to those of us who are Constitutional conservatives that believe our founding fathers were right; "you" will refer to Obama voters.

Property: The nation will be geographically divided amongst red and blue states (because I live in Iowa and Iowa is now purple there's a good chance that I'll have to move elsewhere). Because Washington, D.C. isn't a state we will retain it as our capital. You can build your capital in San Francisco. Because you hate war we keep the military. Because you hate capitalism we keep the businesses. Because you hate big oil and coal we'll keep them too (have fun in your windmill-driven mini-cars). We keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic as our National Anthem. You can use Kum Ba Ya or We Are The World. For obvious reasons we keep all the guns, too since you'll just outlaw them anyway.

Dependents: You keep the welfare recipients. We keep the nation's producers. You can have today's mainstream media. We'll begin anew with real journalists doing real journalism. You can keep the U.N. We'll just stay to ourselves, thank you very much.

Religion: We'll keep Christianity. You can embrace Islam, Scientology, political correctness and Hollywood.

Stipulations: We hate financial bailouts so understand that you will be on your own. When your enemies attack you (and they will) we will come to your defense but only because of your close proximity. We will be claiming any and all lands that we win in war.

We can do this the easy and peaceful way, or the hard way. It is up to us.  

Ed Dursky

Ottumwa

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