Quote of the Day
You can’t help but wonder how long before the border, for decades little more than a welcoming line on maps, becomes hardened somehow.
It already is, psychologically. It’s getting so you have to remind yourself that the two states are still part of the same country, with a common history and traditions. (The governors definitely need this counsel.) But when one side is threatening doctors in say, Coeur d’Alene, with a crime for even suggesting that citizens might travel to the other side — to Spokane, say — for their health care, wouldn’t a logical step at some point be to try to stop the citizens from going?
Same with buying assault weapons, except in the other direction?
I am not making a prediction that we will someday have a literal “Checkpoint Charlie” on the Idaho-Washington border.
But everything else written in this column sounds completely insane, yet it’s all true. So I’ve learned in this era of America fracturing — don’t shrug about the prospect that the crackup may be only just beginning.
April 22, 2023
The Cold War between WA and neighbor Idaho gets hotter
I have sometimes wondered about a similar checkpoint. Although I envisioned it at the line between King County (which contains Seattle) and anything east of there.
In any case, the difference in gun availability will be resolved in a year or two as the most oppressive of Washington gun laws will be struck down by the courts. I expect the abortion issue will remain for some time.