Man wants half of Washington state to be state of Madison

Jan 28, 2015, 11:02 AM | Updated: 3:48 pm
A Western Washington man wants to split Washington state into two separate states: the state of Was...
A Western Washington man wants to split Washington state into two separate states: the state of Washington and the state of Madison. ( composite/AP Photos)
( composite/AP Photos)

Taken from The Jason Rantz Show on KIRO Radio.

A Western Washington man wants to split Washington state into two separate states, but not simply down the Cascades.

Jacob Kukuk of Arlington tells KING 5 he’s proposing Washignton split into the state of Washington and the state of Madison.

“As the father of the constitution I felt it was an appropriate selection,” says Kukuk, explaining he thinks people in the state are suffering under a state run by big cities.

He tells KING 5 that people in the state of Madison would have lower property taxes and better business opportunities. State lines would not be straight down the Cascades because they’d like Madison to have a port city for business.

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Splitting the state is not a good idea, but it is based out of legitimate concern. I understand their concern and I understand their anger over the feeling they’re not being heard and not being properly represented.

But there is no liberal monolith in Washington state, just in Seattle. That is where you’re seeing the really strong liberal majority.

Speaking to the activists who feel like this state has become too liberal or too progressive, if you all voted, you would see more gains. The problem is conservatives don’t all vote.

Liberals will always have a big issue getting their voters to actually vote, because younger people tend to be liberal and they’re also who tend not to vote, at least not consistently. So why don’t you exploit that by making sure you get your people out?

The fact is we had 54 percent in the last mid-term election in this state turn out to vote. Yakima County, which leans to the right, had something like 48 percent turnout. It was the county with the lowest turnout in the entire state.

Get your party to go out and actually vote. Get more of your people elected and pick the right leaders to go to Olympia or go to the United States congress.

Dividing a state because you can’t get your way is childish and lazy. You should work to unite, not work to divide.

It is undoubtedly tough being ideologically conservative in a state where ideologically liberal people can sometimes rule. I get that. But there are things you can do.

Work harder at getting people to see your side. Actually sit down with people who disagree with you and have conversations and make your point. Work harder for the campaigns that you think best represent your viewpoint. Work harder for the issues you feel most passionately about. Work harder and have some compassion for the other side.

If you’re going to try to split the state, understand something, you’re just going to force those liberals who are living in the red area of the state to basically endure what you feel you’re currently enduring.

For the liberals out there, try to understand what it is like living in an area that is completely dominated by people who disagree with your views. Have some more respect for ideological diversity. Don’t shut down conversation. Don’t tell people to shut up and move out if you don’t like their viewpoint. Don’t pretend that you know better and what you want is better than what other people want.

Bottom line, remember everyone wants what is best for the state and everyone wants what is best for the country. We just have a different idea of how to get there. So why don’t you instead try to find where you can come together and actually do some good.

Taken from The Jason Rantz Show on KIRO Radio.


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Man wants half of Washington state to be state of Madison