Is America too big? Is it time to break up the U.S.? A week after the November election nearly 700,000 Americans from all 50 states had signed 69 secession petitions as part of the White House "We the People" online petition system. The missives requested the administration to peacefully allow states to leave the union. One petition advocated permitting states which seceded to form their own nation. A formal White House review is triggered by just 25,000 signatures. Although President Obama´s reelection sparked the cascade of petitions, advocates cited other grounds. Daniel Miller, president of the Texas nationalist movement,
Thankyouthankyouthankyou! Finally, the notion of secession has hit the media outside the blogosphere. I was tired of being laughed at when I suggested this solution, which should have hit a while ago but better late....
The deep ideological chasm that splits this country is not reconcilable. It has gone too far and there really is no longer a middle ground on which to build some agreement as to purpose.
As America stands right now, it will fall to Communism and/or Dictatorship, then to decay. It cannot hold as presently constituted because the Left, half the population, don´t know about, care about or abide by, the Constitution, and continue to institute failed policies and governments that have never worked to make a nation properous with its people still free.
Please, God, let the Secession movement grow and be successful. Please.
"Rather than arguing about secession, it would be better to revive federalism."
And how do we do that? People dont understand federalism, the constitution, economics or business principles. How do you revive Federalism when Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey have just about enough electoral votes between themselves to dictate presidential elections. How do you revive federalism when half the population doesn´t have a problem with socialism.
I´ve maintained for some time that saving the republic through the vote is no longer possible. And I believe that in order to restore the republic, it may be necessary to break it up. Let the blue states enact European style socialism while the red states re-implement the constitutional republic and lets see which country prospers.
The ultimate goal should always be eventual re-unification under a constitutional republic with the principles of free enterprise.
Talk of secession further advances the revulsion loyal Americans have felt for the individual holding the Oval office. A mass movement like that is needed to demonstrate that the appropriate level of hate.
Instead of secession, why don´t we talk of expelling some parts? Most of the country is "red." So, let´s just expell NYC, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Detroit. Then be very careful of who is allowed to immigrate.
Although most of leftist elite (in their own minds) pooh-pooh the secessionist movement regarding many of the states, Texas is the one they fear the most should it all happen. Texas is uniquely positioned to actually make a go of it because of the abundance of natural resources, seaports and airports, and it has it´s own power grid, a very important point. The communists infesting Washington DC cannot simply turn off the power here.
And if LA, OK, and a few other surrounding states were to join us, it would be an imposing situation. You can bet that the Obama SS Corp (Adolph Axlegrease et al) are well aware of the threat that would impose on their kingdom. Should any of several states begin to get serious about forming their own nation, expect Central Politiburo action; quick, violent retributive action.
Don´t think this administration doesn´t notice this sentiment bubbling up from real America.To show their concern, I´ll bet they´ve recorded all 700,000 signatures and kept them in a file to contact at a later date.
The country was never really restored after the Civil War, only reconstructed forcibly. The Alinskites know this and are driving the wedge into that poorly healed scar. They can´t exist unless there is an enemy to ridicule and to blame.
Even an idiot like Obambi could look at a map and figure that Louisiana could never be allowed to secede. The Mississippi would then be controlled by a non US territory and the havoc that would be caused to hard core socialist states like Illinois and Minnesota could not be allowed. Wish there was secession so those of us that over freedom and independence could once again experience it.
Secession doesn´t work in this case. The problem is not with a State when it´s Electors were stolen by a few precincts in a couple of dense urban areas.Don´t give up Ohio for the sake of a couple of square miles of Cleveland.
White House "We the People" online petition system....well, I´d say Hussein has enough people to fill up the first batch of KZLs. It´s Jews volunteering to come to Himmler´s office to get a Hello! name tag.
There is great discontent. How long will red states allow a few blue states to impose socialism, bankrupt the nation, and destroy the currency? The constitution required a federal republic, but there is no federalism now. Congress is ignored with executive orders. The country is ruled by an unelected bureaucracy appointed by the democrats.
An amicable split could save a bloody civil war. The ideological differences between left and right are too deep to be bridged without winners and losers. Splitting and remaining "friends" a la Canada or France would be preferable to forcing traditional Americans to accept open Marxism without going to guns.
Yes, I posted the piece, but in my opinion, discussion of real, actual secession is silliness. I know it feels good to speculate on the possibilities, but that´s just it. It´s not possible. There isn´t a state in the country without pockets of liberals and/or minorities. What would happen to those people? Take my home state of Texas, for example. We have Dallas, Houston and Austin. Those cities would never agree to or vote for secession. Then, there is our large Hispanic population. I´m not sure many of them would vote to secede.
It´s fun to kick around the idea, but in our current real world, there just isn´t any way it could happen.
It shouldn´t be states, it should be voting districts. If secession happens, state boundaries need to be re-formed. For example, California. A narrow strip of land adjacent to the Pacific Ocean is communist. The rest of the state is middle-of-the-road conservative. They should be able to secede from the coast. Upstate New Yorkers should be able to secede from NYC/Long Island. Michiganders should be able to secede from Detroit, etc. I don´t think the federal government could stop secession this time. Let´s get on with it.
I agree with Stormy on this one. No way will this happen. Only hope is to let some time pass and pray. Might sound like a lame way to be but we really cannot win politically. The gimme´s are in charge and the Repubs are without a real leader. Revival among black, whites, Hispanic, Asian, men, women and children would end much of the divisions. It matters not who the President is if the people are on fire for God.
#22 explains part of the picture and I agree, certainly about NY state, but before it goes this far how about we start with 2 ideas. No lawyer can be a ´lawmaker.´ They exempt themselves and because they are lawyers how argue for the highest bidder, they are tools for corruption. Idea number two is term limits. They are supposed to be public servants, not pandering hacks who vote endless perks for themselves and make a career of it. I know, a dream that will never happen. On the other hand, a lot of things are actually happening that I thought would never happen, so who knows?
New government figures show unemployment still stuck at well above 7 percent, another reminder of America’s economic paralysis. As worrisome, the number of “involuntary” part-time jobs continues to grow, which makes what happened at a 24/7 California call center, set up to answer questions about ObamaCare, particularly ironic. The Contra Costa facility was seeking to fill as many as 204 full-time jobs. It drew some 7,000 applicants, no doubt because the prospects sounded good. Job-seekers envisioned fair wages and benefits — including, of course, health care. No such luck. It turns out about half the jobs are only part-time.
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will take a carefully orchestrated, staunchly anti-Washington campaign to voters this month, blaming President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats for Americans´ unhappiness with government. "Every day I serve in Congress, I work to fight Washington," says a suggested op-ed in a richly detailed "planning kit" distributed to all 234 House Republicans ahead of the August recess. Running against Washington is an old strategy. Ronald Reagan summarized it only minutes after being sworn in as president in January 1981. "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem,"
An anonymous Republican senator has delayed a vote on legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing emails and other online messages. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) pushed for a vote on the bill before Congress left for its August recess. He secured unanimous support from Democrats, but at least one Republican objected to the bill, according to a Democratic Senate aide. Leahy had hoped to fast-track the bill to passage with unanimous support, but the opposition means a vote will be delayed until at least September.
Ever since Socrates’ wife was painted as a jealous shrew by one of his pupils, women have had it tough in philosophy. Thinkers from Aristotle to Kant questioned whether women were fully capable of reason. (Snip)But the revelation this summer that Colin McGinn, a star philosopher at the University of Miami, had agreed to leave his tenured post after allegations of sexual harassment brought by a graduate student, has put an unusually famous name to the problem, exposing the field to what some see as a healthy dose of sunlight.
Less than a year after announcing that it would cease publishing in print, the remaining assets of Newsweek have been sold to IBT Media, publishers of the International Business Times. The deal, announced Saturday afternoon, brings an end to the joint venture media mogul Barry Diller established in 2010 for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Diller, a longtime movie and TV executive whose IAC owns a portfolio of assets ranging from dating site Match.com and search engine Ask to production companies College Humor and Electus, has regretted buying Newsweek pretty much since day one. In April, he told Bloomberg
Alex Rodriguez just talked himself out of a possible settlement with Major League Baseball and faces a 214-game suspension to be handed down on Monday, the Daily News has learned. Following Rodriguez’s explosive comments after Friday night’s minor league rehab game in Trenton in which Rodriguez basically said Major League Baseball and the Yankees were conspiring to keep him off the field in order to void his contract, MLB officials have rejected Rodriguez’s request to negotiate a suspension settlement, a baseball source familiar with the situation said. According to the source, Players Association chief Michael Weiner reached out to MLB
I tend to make light of the language police when it comes to the Saturday Night Card Game, but it’s actually a very serious subject. The incessant attempt to turn race-neutral phrases into racial testing grounds is part of a larger political war in which race agitators seek to turn everything into a discussion of race all the time in every sphere of life. Here are some prior examples we have considered: Black List, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Rejigger, Providence Plantations, Black Friday, Gobbledygook, Illegal Immigrant, Undocumented Immigrant, Master Bedroom, and even the use of white copy paper.
It appears that the police now have a device that can read license plates and check if a car is unregistered, uninsured or stolen. We already know that the National Security Agency can dip into your Facebook page and Google searches. And it seems that almost every store we go into these days wants your home phone number and ZIP code as part of any transaction. So when Edward Snowden -- now cooling his heels in Russia -- revealed the extent to which the NSA is spying on Americans, collecting data
One thing that has become clear as the Edward Snowden saga unfolds is that WikiLeaks and Russia have both been integral to the NSA leaker´s arrival and extended stay in Moscow. The Kremlin and the renegade publisher haven´t overtly coordinated moves in regards to Snowden, but they certainly haven´t been working against each other. And the two had a shared history before Snowden arrived in Moscow. Here are a few notable details from a tentative timeline of Edward Snowden and his associates created by former senior U.S. intelligence analyst Joshua Foust:
The government’s ability to track 316 million Americans without a warrant rests on a flimsy premise upheld Tuesday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges, intentionally or not, move us into the shadow of the total surveillance society. Throughout history, totalitarian regimes dreamed of tracking at will the exact whereabouts of enemies of the state. This power is now reality; police officers and bureaucrats can tap into the GPS-style location technology built into every cellphone, with no warrant required. Judges and lawyers say it’s OK to dispense with the inconvenience of warrants if a third party,
There’s a sucker born every minute. That’s the first thought that comes to mind about John Henry’s purchase of The Boston Globe and other assorted media dinosaurs for $70 million in cash. In other words, as someone noted yesterday, John Henry’s 164-foot yacht may well be worth more than his crumbling newspaper empire. Another old saying seems equally appropriate for the occasion: A fool and his money are soon parted. Do the math. The New York Times spent a combined ?$1.4 billion to buy the Globe and the Worcester Telegram, and now Pinch Sulzberger walks away with a nickel
Ten days ago, as John McCormack noted, in the midst of a speech about the economy President Obama mentioned some other issues: "Of course, we’ll keep pressing on other key priorities, like reducing gun violence, rebalancing our fight against al Qaeda, combating climate change, and standing up for civil rights and women’s rights." McCormack asked, "what does ´rebalancing our fight against al Qaeda´ mean? It´s a phrase Obama hasn´t used before." The administration hasn´t answered McCormack´s question. In light of al Qaeda´s resurgence in Iraq, our withdrawal from Afghanistan, our fecklessness with respect to Syria, Libya, and elsewhere--and now the travel alert
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.