2 PM update
See Julia’s commnet, below. And then there’s this:
I get the distinct impression that many people are unhappy about the results of the last election. It’s not just the noticeable increase in usage of the N-word to describe the winner, or the shavings of gnashed teeth left on gin glasses at WASP-y country clubs. It’s also stuff like this:
From states across the country, Americans have filed petitions on the White House Web site seeking to secede from the union and form new state governments…. Petitions have been filed for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas
Most of the petitions have a few thousand signatures; many signers appear to be from other states. Under the “We the People” program, launched last year, the White House will respond to any petition that receives 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days. Anyone over the age of 13 can create a petition. Previous popular petitions demanded the White House beer recipe (success) and marijuana legalization (no success). — Washington Post
The Tea Party needs to get right on this, dontcha think?
Some of these states might want to run some numbers before they bail. Many, including our own sovereign state of Flori-duh, receive more in Federal dollars that they pay in taxes, so cutting the chord might also simultaneously pull the plug. The same is true of most Red States — think about that for a moment. The ones that hate “big gubmint” most are the ones most dependent on its largesse.
On the other hand, how many Americans would regret the departure of Mississippi and Alabama? After all, in some respects ways, these two bastions of backwardness never really joined.
Florida already has a secession movement to deal with: the territory south of Skeeter’s Last Chance Saloon in Florida City to the tip of Key West is claimed by the Conch Republic, which seceded from the Union on April 23, 1982. They seceded where others failed. The facts are here.
I think the real fun begins when all 50 states file petitions. Grant them all, and there’s nothing to secede from any more. States can make their own deals. No Constitution, not even Articles of Federation. Forget Renaissance Fairs, this will restore Medieval World. The hookworm belt population will feel quite comfortable.