A conservative friend sent me this letter, and he knows who actually wrote it (but didn't tell me). The writer is an executive with a major hotel chain in San Francisco and may also be some sort of gay activist down there.
It's interesting, and I have decided that it's worthy of dedicating some personal time to answer.
There is a threat to secede involved ("Blue" states threatening). In all my wildest dreams, I never thought I'd fight on the side of the Union, were I transported back in time to the Civil War. Especially since I was born in Virginia. But it would appear that since I live in Oregon, one of the mentioned "Blue" states, I guess I would have to fight to stop secession, or at least keep the Blues bottled up on their side of the mountains.
It might interest the writer of the threats to know that only parts of WA, OR and CA are "Blue". Were secession to be declared, the best the Left Coast could do would be to take the counties West of the Cascades, Siskiyous and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. The territory east of those mountains would revert to Red America (The Union).
Hotel executives probably couldn't be bothered with "small" matters such as infrastructure, but 90% of the hydropower electrical generation, ALL of the coal-fired generation, and most of the Left Coast's water supplies would be in Red hands. Hmmm. Problem for the Blues. The Blues fare slightly better on the "smokestack" Least Coast, where they have coal and nuke plants and plenty of water to drink, BUT LITTLE LAND TO GROW ANYTHING ON.
The writer seems to get huffy about universities. Little does he know that universities and academicians don't fill empty stomachs or work with machine tools to make things; farms and labor does. The laborers will cleave towards whoever can pay them, not who has the glitziest political philosophy. Since the Red-Blue division means no trans-continental land travel, all the control of the overpopulated coasts will mean for the Blues is that their hungry mouths will have nowhere to go. Hungry and dis-satisfied people who are cooped up almost invariably revolt against their masters, and the Red States will see to it that any former Blue folk who flee, bringing manual skills, will be instantly employed, housed, armed and fed, and any others who can learn shovel work will not starve, either. There is a LOT of Red State agricultural land. Most of the petroleum reserves will be in Red States, and sufficient coal (which WILL get burned for power generation AND residential heating, so too bad about your precious carbon allowances, Blues) so that everyone will be warm and toasty, while the Blue Coasts suffer cold winters, and might have to cut down those redwoods to keep warm.
Yep, you got the best pot. Good on ya, mates. You will eventually learn that stoners don't work hard, fight hard, or make good decisions. You also have most of the drug-related gang warfare on those Coasts and mid-country cities, and it will STAY with you Blue-boys, because the gangsters will soon learn that crossing into a Red state means they are instant targets for not only the po-po and militias, but every citizen, all of whom will be armed and willing to use their arms.
Yep, the worst thing you have to worry about, Blue-boy, is that we have a LOT of guns.
But you're worrying about that now, aren't you, even before you lose the election and secede?