SCENE: Mitch BERG is checking his oil. As he does so, Avery LIBRELLE pedals a “Nice Ride” bike up the sidewalk, obscured from BERG’s view by the hood of the car. LIBRELLE pedals over to BERG.
LIBRELLE: Merg! What’s all this secession talk?
BERG: There are those who think that as a result of a couple of generations of geographic sorting, the nation’s differences are so great it’s time for an amicable divorce. Let Blue America and Red America split up and try their luck as sovereign, ideally friendly, countries.
LIBRELLE: Hah! That’s treason! Treason, I say! We are one nation under Goddess, and the last time the traitors tried to leave the union the rest of us beat them back into line!
BERG: So there should always be one nation.
BERG: One set of federal laws.
BERG: So you support cracking down on “sanctuary cities” that flout federal law for their own ideological reasons?
LIBRELLE: [Visibly flinching] Racist! Traitor! Badthink!
BERG: Hey – it’s the middle of February. Those Nice Ride bikes were all taken off the road in November.
LIBRELLE: Oh, it’s on my sister’s credit card, so it’s free.