Recently, several educated, recognizable, and respected residents of Texas have made bold statements concerning seceding from the United States. Essentially declaring independence, and becoming a nation unto itself. This may be hyperbole, and just a ploy to express dismay at the actions of the Federal Government. But, Texans are notorious for thinking big, and this should be considered a real possibility. This, too, raises a few questions.
Would it be better to erase a star from all of the flags, the cost of this could be astronomical? Or should the US try to pick up another state? Perhaps the Canadians would not mind giving up Ontario. There is a shared border of 1,678 miles between Ontario, and the US, which makes it like a state already. Plus, they could, possibly, explain this whole metric thing to Americans, and that most mythical of beasts "the balanced budget." Ontario may require more cooperation than most Canadians are willing to provide, but, they probably would not mind handing over New Brunswick, or at least the Northwest Territories, which is allegedly just like Alaska, only Canadian.
Of course, there are many other potential states, but, it is time to start planning. Geopolitically speaking there is nothing sacred, and the race is going to the swift, and powerful, and those who might be a little unscrupulous, and possibly those who have a little cash to throw around. This is the time for bold, decisive action, and a radical departure from the norm. Is this country prepared? Only time will tell.