According to a number of conservative-leaning websites and talk radio stations, petitions for secession from the Union have been filed in all 50 states. While I seriously doubt that anything will come from these petitions, they did get me to thinking about the idea of secession, and how to do it right.
The Civil War taught everyone that leaving the Union is impossible. Once a state, always a state, and that's the way it is.
Since leaving the Union won't happen, why not have parts of states that don't like what's going on, whether the problem be at the state or federal level, file petitions to secede from the state and become a state of their own?
If our area were to secede from Pennsylvania, we would gain 2 Senators, massive federal aid, and we'd be free to run our own affairs from our own state capital!
State-level secession movements have been filed in the past; New York City once considered the idea, and Cape Cod in Massachusetts even came up with a beautiful flag--a seagull on a field of deep blue. Many of us have visited the so-called Conch Republic, AKA Key West, Florida.
There might be a few problems with this idea, however; southwest Texas might secede and establish a state in which the "official" state language would be Spanish. Northern California could secede, and set up a state in which marijuana would be legal. The area around San Francisco, California, could make same-sex marriage legal. Northern Arizona and Southern Utah could combine and become a state in which polygamy would be legal and the Fundamental Latter-Day Saints religion could operate freely. Northern Idaho could legalize automatic weapons, and the North Slope of Alaska could dominate the oil market in that part of the nation. The new state of Chicagoland could operate out of the terminal at the airport.
Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, and the other territories and commonwealths would be chomping at the bit to join up with the new states created as a result of this move. Before long, the flag could have 60 more stars on it!
On the plus side, each new state would have two Senators, potentially tipping the balance in that legislative body to the left or right, depending on which states break up, and how they are broken. It's an idea that just may work!
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom