The columnist who advocated secession for southern states to make a new country called “Reagan” has been given the time to explore new opportunities.
Douglas MacKinnon, one of the most conservative and controversial columnists to grace the pages of a Tampa Bay daily newspaper in many a year, has been fired from the Tampa Tribune, sources tell CL.
The Trib isn’t saying anything officially. Metro Editor Dennis Joyce told CL that “It’s a personnel matter,” and refused to confirm or deny MacKinnon’s firing. But his name and work have been scrubbed off the paper’s website (On Tuesday his work was back on the site).
In all probability it’s because of the embarrassment to the paper.
That’s because of a book he’s just published in which he calls on the Southern U.S. states to secede from the rest of the country, because of the South’s more conservative stance on same-sex marriage and other rights pertaining to the LGBT community. Entitled The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country…Now, the book envisions a new Southern region called Reagan,after our 40th president, and would consist of Florida, South Carolina and Georgia. Not Texas, however, because, well, frankly, there are too many Mexicans there.
He and this guy are free to go off somewhere and form their own country. Hopefully on top of an active volcano.