This past week "People Who Want To Secede From United States Hold a Convention" in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Don't blame Tennessee, we're just holding the convention, doesn't mean we're whackos too. OK, maybe we've all thought about it at one time, but not seriously. The Middlebury Institute, based in Cold Spring, N.Y met with with The League of the south in a two day convention targeting how to peacefully, and legally, secede from the union. It's called the second annual North American Secessionist Convention: (all emphasis mine)
If this sounds like what happened 150 years ago leading up the the Civil War, it is, kind of, but without the violence.
It's the second annual North American Secessionist Convention and it includes people from all walks of life from many states.
From Alaska to Alabama, from Vermont to the West Coast, organizations have sprung up with people who say they are fed up with corrupt politicians and politics.
They hold differing political views, from the far left to the far right. But one thing they agree on is that they say Washington has too much control.
Dr. Micheal Hill of the League of the South said "from a political standpoint we all agree that the whole political system has been compromised by big money. The candidates are bought and paid for and they work in the interest of those who pay them. They don't work for the interest of the common people."
"Congress, like the presidency, is corporate run and owned. You can't make any headway there so you have to absent yourself from it," according to Kirkpatrick Sale who leads The Middlebury Institute.
That organization is the co-sponsor of the convention. (more)
WAIT! Hold the presses, I AGREE with the above. Oh. My. Goodness! But not so fast. While the group claims to be from all ends of the political spectrum, read this:
The U.S. was talking about partitioning Iraq, and if they view that as “a budding democracy”, then what the President believes is good enough for the Iraqis should be good enough for America! Can you imagine being able to move to a state where the right-wing Christians had no voice? Neo-conservatives would relocate to the states that were pro-Bush, and the the radical Christians and Neo-conservatives would be able to impose their will on anyone in the state they chose to - and the rest of us could live in freedom and peace…
Imagine the individual states building their own economies, and if corporate America wanted a piece of the pie, they would have to reinvest in that state rather than outsourcing everything to countries that will work for peanuts that are breaking the American economy. It’s ironic, but if we allowed all of the right-wing warmongers and fundamentalists to have their own states, when terrorists struck - it would probably be in those areas inhabited by the hate-mongers rather than bombing innocent Americans. (more)
I'm not sure how this would work, after looking at the map. We all laughed when "Vermont Passed A Resolution To Secede From The US" Slate in November 2004 asks, "Could the Blue States Secede? Is there a legal way to opt out of the Union?" Daily Kos talked about Liberals and/or Christians breaking off from the rest of the U.S. in 2005. G-News reports:
Thomas Naylor, a former Duke University Professor and the founder of a group named the Second Vermont Republic, believes that the future of the United States is "grim." He states that more than 25 states currently have organizations in favor of secession. And, he believes the numbers are growing for these groups. The Second Vermont Republic is in favor of secession.
Other bloggers and news sources on the subject:
Eyes In The Shadows
Atlantic Free Press
Rice puts cameras on Blackwater convoys, Reuters
U.S. Embassy Security Practices in Iraq Overhauled, NPR
State Dept. to Step Up Monitoring of Blackwater Firm, Washington Post
Mounting Fears of Assyrian Genocide in Iraq, AINA
Hight: Don't like coal, don't like nukes; what's left?, Statesman
NY Times Finds A Way To Find Haditha Marines Guilty, Pirate's Cove
Church and State OTA and St. James Art Fair OTA at 123Beta