And the other half?

What would be the consolidation plan with conservative eastern Washington, Oregon, and BC? Would this organization just represent the culture of the western side of the cascades?

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  • Lance Brender
    commented 2016-11-14 12:45:34 -0800
    I admit I am intrigued with the hypothetical notion of independence. Also, I can see Kelli’s strategy of relocating manufacturing to the eastern side of the state: though it is farther from port, it would be closer to “foreign” rail ways.

    My concern, however, is with cultural and political power. Another rival plan, equally hypothetical, has been to split “conservative” eastern Washington from “liberal” western Washington, forming a new state within the Union. I think that gets to the heart of it. I don’t believe the people east of the mountains (or on the peninsula for that matter) really want to continue to have the values of the region’s urban centers projected into their backyards (by that same token, I doubt Seattle or Tacoma want to look anything more like Spokane, Wenatchee, or Centralia). Recreational marijuana, homosexual marriage, abortion, the role of religion, et al, are some serious cultural sticking points, not to mention BC’s internal issues that I’m not even aware of.

    That said, I have no idea how to resolve the issues. It seems a minor miracle that Washington has continued as a political entity this long without splitting. Thoughts?
  • Kelli Farrell
    commented 2016-11-14 10:03:41 -0800
    I believe there is, possibly an opening for cooperation and partnership if we pursue the traditional Independents such as those who supported the Malheur Refuge occupation (though not their course of action). Cascadia would remove the BLM from the equation and get closer to their ideal of local control of publicly owned lands. The other hot point is improving rural economies, and bringing back jobs to these areas. They must have access to west side ports to ship their goods to market. We need the breadbasket to develop agricultural independence. If we could bring industry and manufacturing to the east side that would otherwise end up in China or Mexico, they would be far more tolerant of the cultural differences.
  • Kelli Farrell
    tagged this with Important 2016-11-14 10:03:40 -0800
  • Andrew Stephenson
    commented 2016-11-11 18:30:27 -0800
    This is a good point. I believe Cascadia would have a few distinct regions/provinces that represent the microcultures, environment and poltical views locally. I believe we could convince moderate conservatives that it is better to have a local independent government that may not always represent your political views but better addresses infrastructural, educational and economical issues, rather than a government 2,500 miles away ignoring us completely and blinded by greed.
  • Lance Brender
    published this page in Your ideas 2016-11-10 22:02:16 -0800
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