A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Secession, anyone?

This is an interesting meeting of minds.

AP: Secessionists meeting in Tennessee---

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - In an unlikely marriage of desire to secede from the United States, two advocacy groups from opposite political traditions — New England and the South — are sitting down to talk.

Tired of foreign wars and what they consider right-wing courts, the Middlebury Institute wants liberal states like Vermont to be able to secede peacefully.

That sounds just fine to the League of the South, a conservative group that refuses to give up on Southern independence.

Separated by hundreds of miles and divergent political philosophies, the Middlebury Institute and the League of the South are hosting a two-day Secessionist Convention starting Wednesday in Chattanooga.

They expect to attract supporters from California, Alaska and Hawaii, inviting anyone who wants to dissolve the Union so states can save themselves from an overbearing federal government.

If allowed to go their own way, New Englanders "probably would allow abortion and have gun control," Hill said, while Southerners "would probably crack down on illegal immigration harder than it is being now."

The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly prohibit secession, but few people think it is politically viable.
Very interesting. I believe in secession, that any state that was a colony and created the United States of America ought to have the right to secede, but that any state created by the United States of America doesn't. For example, South Carolina can secede. Iown cannot. Georgia can. Washington cannot.

I always liked the analogy in the movie Gettysburg where the US is compared to a gentlemen's club. Is it right for some members to begin telling other members how to run their own homes. And if the members want to resign, do their fellows have a right to tell them they cannot leave the club?

I don't think so.

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