Monday letters: You don’t ask if you can secede

December 9, 2013 

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Since Barack Obama moved into the White House, more and more Americans want to move out of the American empire by seceding. These folk are fed up with the dysfunction and immorality endemic to big government liberalism.

More voters recognize that the increasingly liberal Republican Party is, in fact, just another Democrat Party. These circumstances have made the secession option more attractive now than its been since the early 1860s.

But there is much confusion among secessionists about how to secede. Just after the last presidential election, tens of thousands of citizens from several states signed secession petitions, but then mindlessly sent them to the White House to beg permission. Recently, rural northern Colorado voted to secede from the urban-dominated government in Denver, but then bowed to a state law requiring the legislature’s approval. The problem in both cases is that you don’t ask Darth Vader Ginsberg or the dark emperor for permission to leave the empire, you just leave. After all, the English word “secession” comes from two Latin words meaning “to move oneself.”

So our latter-day secessionists should learn from history.

Winston McCuen

Ware Shoals

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