Call me Chris.


Tonight, I will blog about the Supreme Court case brought by Texas against four brother States. I’m not going to speak directly to that case. It hasn’t been heard by SCOTUS yet. That needs to play out before we offer much analysis. Instead, I’d like to discuss how art mirrors life, or is the other way around?

In all seriousness, I have to admit that when I came up with the idea for The Borderlands, I imagined a world based on the trajectory we all lived through. The events of a possible Split seemed like one plausible outcome. This last month, following the recent national election, has shown me that we are possibly closer to this dystopian nightmare than many of us could have believed. What really struck me, though, was Texas being the key player.

Without giving away spoilers in my novel, Texas plays a key role. I’ve always seen that particular State as holding an outsized role in American life, be it political or social. The case brought before the highest court in the land only reinforces this belief. For better or worse, I may have been closer to the mark in what I imagined than even I would have honestly believed a year ago.

I don’t pretend to know how the actual case will unfold. I will wait to hear the arguments from both sides. I will wait to hear the SCOTUS ruling. Regardless, I think we have all the evidence we need to recognize that if we don’t start setting aside rhetoric—and quick—we will end up as Trads and Progs, fighting over this once united country. As always, this has been the World According to Chris.

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