A former aid to Ronald Reagan has called for southern states to leave the US and form a new, conservative nation called “Reagan” where citizens wouldn’t have to compromise on “traditional values,” Talking Points Memo reported.

Douglas MacKinnon did an interview with evangelical radio host Janet Meffered, promoting his new book “The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country… Now.”

Claiming his comments on secession were “academic,” MacKinnon said that South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida should break away from the US and form a new country, “Reagan.”

“You have to remember that all 11 states from the South, including ultimately Texas, seceded legally. They left the union peacefully, they left the union legally, and then President Lincoln … part of the problem there was the North realized very quickly that it could not survive economically without the power of the South.”

MacKinnon called the Civil War “illegal,” made “a legal case for secession,” and then began discussing how the leaders elected today do not represent traditional values.

“If you happen to make a donation in favor of traditional marriage, you can lose your job. If you happen to refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple because it goes against your religious beliefs, you can be driven out of business. If you’re a football commentator and you happen to just say, innocently, that you know maybe I wouldn’t have drafted a gay football player because I wouldn’t want to deal with the distraction, many people on the left will try to drive you out of your job as well.”

MacKinnon can try to tout this ridiculous garbage as “academic,” but that could not be a less accurate description. This theory is one of the most insanely idiotic things anyone has ever said. At no point in his rambling, incoherent responses was MacKinnon even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. We are all now dumber for having listened to it.