Seems the folks at the White House have promised to react somehow if enough voters submit their petitions for their state to secede from the union now His Highness has been reelected. Apparently a bit of hubris since now the petitions are pouring in big time. Big enough numbers in fact, that folks have stopped laughing and started to investigate the situation. Petition to Leave the Union will explain for you.
Scalia vs. Thomas Jefferson provides the current legalities of the proposed procedure. Supreme Justice Scalia (Conservative side) says that all those dead guys from the Civil War are the final word on secession; you can’t go there from here. Founder Thomas Jefferson (and the Declaration of Independence) however, don’t quite match that. They say citizens have an unalienable right to dispose of tyrannical government.
The legal niceties usually aren’t deciding in these cases, seems to me; it’s usually whoever ends standing among the piles of dead people. Ask Syria’s Assad…
Texican Governor Perry was evidently short of headlines; he spoke up on this: Texas should not leave the Union; the very idea is ridiculous. Though he hastened to add that he understood peoples’ feelings on the matter. He feels their pain, I guess but is reluctant to detach from the Federal teat.
Another group has requested petitions to deprive all those signing the secession petitions of their U.S. citizenship, which seems to carry humor into farce but does serve to make a point.
Seriously, if as the Bill of Rights provides, sovereignty resides in the states but for that portion specifically handed over to the Feds, (10th Amendment) you’d think there is a least a starting place for secession arguments. Dunno, I’m too innocent to be a lawyer. And we’ve transmogrified our Constitution into a gaggle of 9 black robes long since anyway.
Some very serious writers are watching the ongoing disintegration of societal bonds around the world as well as here and predicting we’re on the way toward a bunch of smaller political actors, the opposite of what the ‘World Government’ folks are selling. Dunno that, either but here’s what seems to me a pretty good question:
For the long term, how do you accommodate into a single society folks who hold human life as a God-given gift we have no right to jeopardize with folks who demand convenience abortion? Another thing I dunno… But I’ll bet life for the next couple of generations will be anything but boring!