Of states and denominations

I’ve been thinking about some of our weird state boundaries.  Not being much of a historian, and not caring overmuch about state (or any other) politics, I figure we should combine West Virginia and Virginia.  Maybe subsume Maryland in there while we’re at it?  North and South Carolina?  And what about collecting Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio into a single conglom?  Vermont and New Hampshire might resort to fisticuffs, but they ought to be forced into union for sake of efficiency.  C’mon . . . at least Rhode Island and Massachusetts. . . .  Not sure what to do with the Maine and Florida appendages — they’ll always just stick out, I suppose.  It’s a good thing Texas is gargantuan, because it probably couldn’t be combined with any other state, anyway, but some of the above merging could work, couldn’t it?

See U.S. map here.

Wouldn’t the combos make sense?

  • We could cut down on so much overhead, so much waste.
  • Maps would look more squared off.
  • Oh, but we have a problem — we wouldn’t have an even 50 states anymore.  I guess we could annex Cuba and maybe a few Arab countries and claim “eminent domain” in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  (If an Arab or Cuban reader sees this, please know that I am joking.  I do not really think the U.S. should annex anything.  No offense to the good people of those Canadian provinces, either, but they’re pretty desolate. . . .)
  • And worse — we wouldn’t have as many state senators.  Oh, wait — that would be a good thing.

Oh, bother.  I guess we can’t do this kind of thing.  Too many vested interests are at stake.

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I’ve also been thinking about some of our Christian delineations.  Not being much of a churchman, and not caring overmuch about denominational (or nondenominational) politics, I figure we should combine the Presbyterian Church of America and the United Presbyterian Church.  And the Wesleyan and Free Methodist groups.  And the Mennonite Brethren and the Mennonite Church USA.  And the AME and AMEZ and black UMC groups.  And the Church of Christ and the Christian Church.  Somehow, I don’t think it would work to merge all the Church of God denominations — not even the two largest, which differ in some major arenas.  But c’mon . . . let’s at least combine at least the Southern Baptists and the Regular Baptists and the American Baptists.

Wouldn’t the combos make sense?

Oh, bother.  I guess we can’t do this kind of thing.  Too many vested interests are at stake.

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2 thoughts on “Of states and denominations

    • Brian Casey 06/24/2013 / 7:39 am

      Great, Sam. Would you like to serve as First Lead Senior Ambassador of Consolidation, Streamlining, and Unnecessary Line Erasure in your fair state? 🙂

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