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Meanwhile, red-state secession might not actually stem the cultural tide. Would the college professors in these places be less woke? Would the newsrooms be more conservative? Would people in the state stop using social media?

The real impetus for the talk of a breakup is despair. It constitutes giving up on convincing our fellow Americans, giving up on our common national project, giving up on our birthright. This is an impulse to be resisted. Breaking up is hard to do, and quitting on America is — or should be — unforgivable.

Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.

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