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Is Secession The Answer?
I read an article last night and have been thinking about this excerpt:
Just yesterday we wrote about the “Calexit” proposal that was starting to gather steam after Trump’s historic victory on Tuesday night. Now The Oregonian points out that a group in Oregon has also filed the “Oregon Secession Act” in response to the perceived notion that “Oregonian values are no longer the values held by the rest of the United States.” But, unlike the Calexit proposal, the distraught Hillary supporters in Oregon are thinking big picture and have invited the states of California, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada and Alaska to all band together to form a new nation.
I believe the point they make that their values are no longer held by the rest of the United States is valid. Here are two points to consider:
1. Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution:
The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.
The Republic was set up as a unification of individual states under a limited federal government. The rights of these states to be sovereign governments has nothing to do with the values of other states. Their argument for secession actually proves the importance of the Electoral College.
2. There is (or was) one reason why our country became the greatest country in the world: we were united. We have a common language, culture, currency, military and laws. And common values. We are fighting a war in this country as old as mankind: good vs. evil. Evil is trying to destroy the country from within through diversity. Most people do not realize that diversity is the antonym of unity. Pointing out our differences and diversifying the country’s common values are their biggest weapons.
America was called the Great Melting Pot because immigrants came here and melted into the existing, unified culture. What a difference a few generations make when our values and unity are used against us.
What has me thinking is personally troubling: is Oregon right? Are we already so diversified that our only hope is a Balkanization of the country into smaller countries with shared values? Would I rather live in a Southern Confederation of States that share religious views, culture and a distrust of the Federal government? Would I be upset if a Western coalition of states broke off and formed a new country? Do I share the “values” of Detroit, Chicago, New York or Washington, D.C.? The most troubling question is whether my children would be better in a country under attack from within or in a smaller country unified with virtue and morality?
I realize some people will use Southern Confederation of States as a means to label this as racist. These same people would not label the Oregonian Proposition as racist. And this is just confirmation of the tactics and labels being used to divide the country and the states.
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