Joel Kotkin was ahead of the leftist curve on this, starting to make statements in line with some conservative ideas a number of months ago, but here he articulates something we’re hearing more and more from progressives as the reality of an impending President Trump sinks in:
What Americans across the political spectrum need to recognize is that centralizing power does not promote national unity, but ever harsher division. Enforced central control, from left or right, polarizes politics in dangerous ways. The rather hysterical reaction to Trump’s election on the left is a case in point, with some in alt-blue California calling for secession from the union. Had Clinton and the Democrats won, we would have heard other secessionist sentiment, notably in Texas.
It seems a bit like Donald Trump is, for the Left, the curb that the drunk driver hops, thereby realizing how bad a decision trying to drive the entire nation was. If they follow the increasing calls to accept diversity at the level of local and state government, it’ll be like deciding to get out of the car and walk home or call a cab.
Of course, we’ll have to be vigilant that they don’t simply make localism an excuse to keep drinking until they’re back in power and therefore confident about starting up the automobile again, because that’s the predictable move.