There’s an interesting article over on the Washington Post, These Illinois Republicans are rallying around a bill to kick deep-blue Chicago out of the state by Liz Weber . Yes, you read that right. Republicans in the rural areas of Illinois are eager to force Chicago, with its Democratic politics and booming economy, out of the state.
And they’re serious. They are working very hard to, somehow, split Illinois between themselves and their enemies in the city.
Weber makes it clear that this is a pretty unlikely to happen. But she also notes that it is part of a much larger phenomenon. Rural, economically depressed areas are taking arms against their younger, wealthier, healthier, more Democratic fellow citizens in urban areas.
The question is, how long can that game go on? Yes, urban areas need rural areas (you can’t eat computer startups). But, rural areas can’t do without the vigorous economies of the cities.
It may well be, then, that these movements will go down in history as the most determined effort to cut off one’s nose to spite one’s face yet recorded.