Brace yourselves for it.
If Trump loses the presidential election, we will likely see a resurgence of this species of idiocy. By that I mean you could see millions of White Southerners move on from TruConnery to MAGAism to where the Texas Nationalist Movement is now or where the League of the South was about 20 years ago.
I’m putting this out there now because I want to take credit for calling it when it happens. I’ve been saying for a while now that the Texas Nationalist Movement is best positioned to reap the benefits of a Hillary victory. Texas will naturally be the epicenter of the secessionist wave which will sweep across the South.
These Trump supporters flirting with secession for the first time will believe things like Texas or the South is “the real America.” They will believe things like we need to secede in order to “save the Constitution.” They will say anyone can be a Texan or a Southerner … African, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Native-American, LGBT, Cracker.
Oh, and they’re not racists. These people will say they want to secede because they can’t stand the thought of living through 4 to 8 years of Hillary’s America. When Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election, I was surprised when hundreds of thousands of people signed those secession petitions. I didn’t see that coming. If Trump loses this election, I expect something like that will happen again, but on a much larger scale.
Rainbow secessionist groups will sprout up out of nowhere. Just like in 2012, they will be started and led by people we had never heard of before. There will be a lot of that on social media like Facebook and Twitter. I don’t think it will come out of the Heritage movement because it will be a reaction to a Hillary victory. It won’t be driven by Confederate nostalgia. Many of our Rainbow Confederates could definitely move on to something like that though. You could see them rallying behind General Goodson-type figures.
The Rainbow Renaissance will peter out after a few months. The secessionist wave will fade through the winter. No state will secede in 2017, but it will still be a significant milestone. When the Confederacy was launched in 1861, it had only the dimmest awareness of its own nationhood (see the progression of flags), it was led by mainstream conservatives like Davis and Stephens, it was barely removed from Americanism and its vanguard was sidelined in the government. After its defeat, the Confederacy was justified by Davis and Stephens with long constitutional apologies of states’ rights.
Anyway, it will be fun to revisit this post in November and see how much of it came true.