Tuesday, May 25, 2004

On Secession

From ChristianExodus.org:
ChristianExodus.org is orchestrating the move of 50,000 or more Christians to one of three States for the express purpose of dissolving that State’s bond with the union. The three States under consideration are Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina. The exact destination will be chosen by vote of our membership. Our move will commence when the federal government forces sodomite marriages on our local communities or once we reach the 50,000-member mark, whichever comes first.

Contrarily, from the Free State Project:
The Free State Project is a plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-oriented people will move to New Hampshire, where they may work within the political system to reduce the size and scope of government. The success of the Free State Project would likely entail reductions in burdensome taxation and regulation, reforms in state and local law, an end to federal mandates, and a restoration of constitutional federalism, demonstrating the benefits of liberty to the rest of the nation and the world.

What we have here are two organized groups of people wanting to split the nation up and claim states as their own for completely different reasons. One group, the Christian Exodus folk, for purely religious reasons; the other group, the Free State Project folk, for purely secular reasons. I'm starting to think this is what it may come to -- "ethnic" territories, if you will, based on religious inclination. They could have their Christian state, and we could run around and be as pagan and unholy as we like without infringing on their moral crusade.

If this gains steam, if people start to join the respective movements and they grow to the point where they are impossible to pass off as lunatics, perhaps we really should sit down at the negotiating table and start trading states. I don't see why not. The "Moral Majority" does not seem satisfied with a nation united under a secular Constitution, and the secular portion of the population is getting damn tired of being force-fed someone else's moral edict. You don't want gays to get married? Fine. Have a few states, and live under God's Law, but leave those of us Constitution-lovers out of it.

We are a very young nation, but at the same time no Democracy has been around as long nearly as long as the United States, and so no one knows what the average lifespan is on something like this. Perhaps at some point within my lifetime it will be necessary to make serious changes to the infrastructure. Perhaps we will see the end of the "United" States, whether it be peaceful or violent. Hopefully we will all have the foresight to sit down and figure it out before it turns violent, but I don't have that much faith in the American people.


sauceruney said...

The reaction I've seen from South Carolina residents is they don't want to see history repeat itself. At least, not in their state, anyway.

aGreatNotion said...

That's really interesting, actually. I know I am often very biased when it comes to my opinion of the south, but I think they would have more success in, say, Mississippi or Alabama than they would in South Carolina. I feel like SC is too close to the northeast and has adopted too many of the northern values. Plus, it's such a huge vacation destination for northerners. SC is not feasible.

Anonymous said...

Great Post Jess -
I like the idea but I am of the opinion that we should carry it one step further. Lets split the country in half since according to most of the polls for the upcoming elections the country is split right down the middle on all of the important issues anyway.
Dewayne Mikkelson

Anonymous said...

I live In Charleston SC. I just saw you nuts on FOX and I Invite you to find another state. WE don't think you would like SC...Find another nice state like Utah.

Online Degree Adviser said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.