Among my favorite news stories to read about are those from state representatives (or anyone, for that matter) who want their state to secede from the union. Most of these tend to come from Texas, and most after the nation elected a black man to be President. No matter, the stories are great at any time.
This caught my eye again, because of a story of the Administration responding on Saturday to a growing number of "We the People" petitions made available by the White House (a whimsical situation, you must admit, since the whole concept of "We the People" is the opening phrase of the U.S. Constitution. But I digress...)
My position on secession is very simple:
Let any state that wants to secede do so. Then, since they are clearly enemies of the United States, and clearly are significant threats to the nation by virtue of bordering the U.S., the American government should then declare war on them and send in the military. After we defeat these nations, which should take, I'm guessing, about 45 minutes if traffic is heavy, given that they won't have a financial system or...well, military (not even the National Guard since, after all, it's "National"), we then take all the assets as spoils of war that we believe are to our nation's interest -- such as mail service, the power grid, and interstate highways -- and then negotiate a fair peace over whatever remains, which they can keep, like local DMVs, their crumbling schools, and unemployment insurance.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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