If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Secede?

What do you do when you just can’t abide living in a country that elects an uppity n-Dinggg! as President? Falsely call the center-right guy in the White House a socialist, Muslim and every other insult that you can think of. And if the country elects that same uppity s.o.b. again?

In the three weeks since President Barack Obama’s re-election victory, his most ardent foes – nearly 1 million people from all 50 states – have signed online petitions to take their opposition to the extreme: seceding from the United States.

They’re doing it on the White House’s “We the People” website, taking advantage of a pledge to review any petition that gains at least 25,000 signatures.

Texas was far ahead of the pack with 117,373 digital signatures on its petition by midday Monday.

“Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union,” the petition states.

Hasn’t this been tried before, and didn’t it start the most damaging war in the nation’s history – one the secessionists lost?  You’d think even the bigots would think twice about trying the same thing twice, but apparently not.

Still, if it’s a case of “I didn’t abandon my country, it abandoned me” there’s always an alternative.

While the Constitution doesn’t directly address secession, [Akhil Reed Amar, a Yale University law professor] said, the founding document makes it clear in a half-dozen clauses that such a move is banned and would be tantamount to treason.

Amar said the most important provision, known as the Supremacy Clause in Article 6, makes clear the authority of the Constitution, along with federal laws and treaties, over “anything in the constitution or laws of any state.”

“What the Constitution says repeatedly is once you’re in (as a state), you’re in,” Amar said. “If people want to secede, they are allowed to leave, they just can’t take the land and the water with them. There is a lawful way to secede – it’s called emigration. They can move to Canada.”

I doubt Canada wants these traitors, or any other civilized nation. Still, there are viable options. I know some idylic Pacific Islands that are about to fall vacant…due to their current populations evacuating ahead of sea rises caused by global warming. Still, the secessionists don’t think that’ll be a problem. In fact, just give the secessionists all the bits of the US that’ll soon be a dust bowl as climate change turns semi-arid land to drought-stricken desert and build a border wall, complete with drones and minefields. Failing that, I suppose they could always ask the Russians for a land grant in the vast open tundras of Siberia – it’ll be useful land in thirty years and it’s not socialist any more…

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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