Twitter Campaigns for #Flexit: A Florida Exit
Just in case we needed a new flag.
Photo by Kyle Munzenrieder
This morning, Americans awoke to the news that the British had officially voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Or in media and hashtag parlance, they pulled the trigger on the #Brexit.
Many Americans found it fascinating to view such a complicated and momentous political moment through outside and less invested eyes. Others, of course, found #Brexit a primo Twitter joke opportunity.
Naturally, the idea of a #Texit — a Texas exit — was floated. There are occasionally Texans who seriously want their state to secede from the United States.
Though, last night on Twitter, I (and others) realized that the hashtag for a Florida exit – #Flexit — had a certain ring to it.
#Flexit, a Florida exit, is the best sounding portmanteau, but I don’t suggest that at all. We wouldn’t survive.— Kyle Munzenrieder (@Munzenrieder) June 24, 2016
Add to that the fact that Florida is America's favorite brunt of jokes, and, well, the #Flexit moment, at least in jest, was born.
Fingers crossed Florida takes a cue from Britain. #Flexit— Susie Meister (@susie_meister) June 24, 2016
#Flexit but I we should transport Disney world into a different part of the US.— ben (@UGETAFUR) June 24, 2016
Waiting for #Flexit since Florida is basically another country— Jared Willis (@JRod326) June 24, 2016
The idea even got the backing of at least one Florida semipolitician. Former Libertarian Party 2014 gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie is down for the #Flexit.
It looks like the UK will Brexit. If the feds keep ignoring the Constitution, maybe Florida should follow suit and #Flexit.— Adrian Wyllie (@WyllieForGov) June 24, 2016
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However, #Brexit was the result of Brits voting themselves out of the EU.
Floridians would never, ever vote themselves out of the United States.
Well, you have to remember that the number one issue to a large portion of Florida's voting bloc is "visits from the grandkids." Grandkid visits are basically the third rail of Florida politics, and there's no way our citizens would vote to require grandkids to obtain a passport to visit. Not going to happen. They're not going to give you yet another excuse.
There's also the matter of our economy, which relies on tourism and selling the rest of America orange juice. We don't want to mess with that.
Maybe we'd find a way to make a #Flexit work out for us. Maybe we'd shoehorn our closest foreign neighbors into a sort of Caribbean Union superpower of our own. Together, we could flex the muscle of being the West's leading supplier of daiquiris, chill vibes, and sand into becoming a viable world political player. It could happen. But it won't.
In any event, we continue to support the #SoFlexit. The movement to get South Florida to secede from the rest of the state. We'd still like to remain part of the United States
Mostly, though, this: