Dear Ms. Lewis,
There are no places in America so liberal, such as New York City and San Francisco and Chicago, as not to have conservatives there as well. There are no places in America so conservative, such as Houston and Oklahoma City and Salt Lake City, as not to have liberals there as well.
It would be impossible to divide the country into a progressive and a conservative entity. Furthermore, it would destroy the very concept of America as a nation that encourages diversity. We fought a war to settle the issue of dividing our nation into two regions with entirely different concepts of the value of humanity.
As a progressive, I believe that we need the give and take of liberal versus conservative, for that only makes us stronger. America is fine - and the conservatives have 2010 and 2012 to put their candidates into office. If they can do it, that would be the way to change America to their ways. In the meanwhile, I'll be working to keep our country on the track that it's on.
Color me stupid, but somehow I don't see this as a solution. This reader's "track" is profoundly hostile to my values. My "ways" are, presumably, the same to this reader's. Nothing will be solved or resolved because the Progressives and Conservatives will continue to be at each others' throats. And meanwhile, our country continues to depart farther and farther from (a) the limitations on governmental interference set forth in the Founding documents; and (b) the standards of morals, values, and behaviors that Conservatives believe are divinely inspired.