Yes, I’ve heard about all 50 states having petitions on the White House site to secede from the union. I’ve also heard about the 60,000+ signatures to the petition for Texas to secede. While I’m not jumping on the bandwagon, and think all the talk about it is silly, leftists are running with it bashing (mostly conservative states) for filing the petition. Even though all 5o states now have petition, Texas has gotten the most attention because they have the most signatures. While leftists laugh and mock these people, where were they in 2004 when NBC/MSNBC hack Lawrence O’Donnell wanted to do the same thing after Bush won the 2004 election? Hypocrites!
These sentiments were so pronounced that they migrated into the mainstream. Speaking on “The McLaughlin Group” the weekend after George W. Bush’s victory, panelist Lawrence O’Donnell, a former Democratic Senate staffer, noted that blue states subsidize the red ones with their tax dollars, and said, “The big problem the country now has, which is going to produce a serious discussion of secession over the next 20 years, is that the segment of the country that pays for the federal government is now being governed by the people who don’t pay for the federal government.”
A shocked Tony Blankley asked him, “Are you calling for civil war?” To which O’Donnell replied, “You can secede without firing a shot.”
For now, of course, secession remains an escapist fantasy. But its resonance with liberals points to some modest potential for constructive political action. After all, as the South knows well, there are interim measures between splitting the nation and submitting to a culture pushed by a hostile federal government. Having lost any say in how the nation is run, liberals may be about to discover states’ rights — for better or worse.