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Truckin' to Treason: The Hot Air of Secession

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by WALTER BRASCH

A white Ford F-250 pick-up rumbled through town, a Confederate rebel flag on a pole behind the cab; on the rear bumper were a pro-life and three Anti-Obama stickers, two of which could not be revealed in a family newspaper.

It wasn't a lone wolf protest; several cars, trucks, and homes in the area sport similar flags and messages. During the summer, when a 4-wheel Jamboree and a Monster Truck rally are held at the local fairgrounds, attracting thousands from a multi-state area, many trucks fly rebel flags, insignia, and political statements. During the annual eight-day fair at the end of September, vendors sell all kinds of items with the Confederate battle flag, most of them made overseas.

The rebels say they are fierce independents. But, being a "rebel" doesn't mean you can complain about paying taxes, while also denying climate change and evolution. Nevertheless, those flying rebel flags, although they may be disenchanted and alienated from the mainstream, are still part of traditional mainstream America.

They may claim they oppose "Government" (also known as "gummint") intruding upon their lives, but think it's perfectly acceptable for government to make rules about the people's sexual practices and to invade women's bodies.

They also believe government has the duty to create laws to require national identification for every citizen and establish restrictive measures that weaken the rights of all people to vote, especially those who aren't White establishment Republicans. When the U.S. invaded Iraq for reasons that were questionable at best, chest-thumping jingoistic "rebels" were the strongest supporters of military action. But, they remained largely silent when liberals and social activists spoke out about soldiers not being given adequate body armor, and military hospitals not giving the wounded adequate treatment. They have also remained largely silent about the one-fourth of America's homeless who were combat veterans.

These pretend-rebels gave standing ovations to the PATRIOT Act that established numerous ways the government could violate citizen rights granted by the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments. When the federal courts ruled parts of the Act to be unconstitutional, the "patriotic rebels" complained about activist judges.

They listen to conservative talk radio and Fox News, all of which bash the mainstream media, but don't recognize that the very sources they turn to for information are also mainstream media, owned by establishment multi-millionaires.

They willingly agree with Mitt Romney, even in defeat, that 47 percent of Americans are takers who "want stuff," but don't recognize that one of the biggest takers who wanted more "stuff" was Romney himself, who ran a venture capital company that existed to take over other companies. Even fellow Republicans during the primaries called Romney not a venture capitalist but a vulture capitalist.

In a local newspaper, which daily opens a full page, sometimes two full pages, to dozens of one or two paragraphs of grammatically-scurrilous rants from local citizens, are variations of President Obama being a Kenyan-born Muslim who is leading America into Communism and self-destruction, their thoughts mimicking the screed of conservative talk show hosts, pundits, and bloviators.

But the rebel who drove the white F-250 doesn't live in the Deep South; this is in the rural red center of blue-state Pennsylvania, home of the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg, the turning point of the Civil War.

The Civil War--known as the War Between the States among Confederate sympathizers--is still being fought. Almost 25,000 Pennsylvanians have now signed petitions to have the Keystone State secede from the union.

More than 700,000 citizens upset about the re-election of President Obama in the past two weeks have signed petitions calling for their states to secede. The states with most of the signatures are Red States, paralleling the former Confederacy, which receive far more in federal dollars than their citizens pay. They are also the states where numerous polls reveal at least one-fourth of all citizens don't believe in the separation of church and state. Maybe the U.S. can convince Iran and Saudi Arabia, theocratic dictatorships, to annex those states.

However, Texas, with more than 120,000 signatures, leads all lists of petitions. It would be tempting to send the Lone Star State back to Mexico. They get Texas, and the U.S. gets Acapulco, Cancun, and Mazatlan. In 2009, running for re-election, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, trying to burnish his ultra-conservative credentials, had even suggested that not only did he align himself with right-wing extremists but that Texas could become so mad at the federal government they might consider seceding. But now, he says he disagrees with the citizens who ignorantly claim the 10th Amendment gives them right to secede.

Perhaps it's because Gov. Perry realizes that the only way a state can secede from the union, according to the Constitution, is not by having a majority of citizens petition the White House or even having an election, but only by an armed insurrection, something that didn't work in 1861--and won't work today.

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The author should be more careful about using the ... by Bob Davidson on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 12:43:34 PM
Reading your comment, Bob, made up for wasting my ... by Dave Edwards on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 1:02:51 PM
"consent of the States"?That all the States agree ... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:01:56 PM
Although sovereignty is not directly addressed in ... by Bob Davidson on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:41:21 PM
One can't consent with oneself.Since secession cou... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 9:29:21 PM
Since he was specifically discussing the legality ... by Bob Davidson on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 9:34:42 PM
He would not say "through consent of the States." ... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 11:11:59 PM
but applicable to all States, thus his wording. If... by Bob Davidson on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 11:47:48 PM
if you signed it?... by BFalcon on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 2:08:46 AM
How do countries break treaties? How do businesses... by Bob Davidson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 11:08:21 AM
People get divorced if they both consent or if a h... by BFalcon on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 3:21:43 PM
that I have yet seen.In the first place, the Artic... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 9:08:14 AM
I'm sorry you're having difficulty understanding J... by Bob Davidson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 10:42:22 AM
What are the boundaries of the Article I, Section ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 12:17:40 PM
A site that's tracking this - http://www.unc.edu/~... by Scott Baker on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 1:03:16 PM
Actually there is no where saying that one person ... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 2:44:06 PM
It is not that people aren't allowed to sign as ma... by Scott Baker on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 1:38:04 PM
I would love that the idiots leave but don't menti... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:06:03 PM
Expressing your bigotry and willingness to believe... by Mrt Baggins on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:09:27 PM
Click here. Anyone can say anything--and the 1st... by Walter Brasch on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 1:14:37 PM
to self-identify beforehand through the petitions ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 1:26:06 PM
The Constitution is a contract amongst the several... by prsmith on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 1:30:30 PM
It is amazing how silly people can be.They are fre... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 7:57:45 PM
is precisely what it says it is in Article VI. In ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 7:24:42 AM
Your intepretation of the Supremacy Clause i... by Bob Davidson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 10:48:25 AM
by the Courts of the United States, not the founde... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 12:40:04 PM
If I write a will stating how I want my estate han... by Bob Davidson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 2:49:24 PM
So I guess the States just threw in #10 thinking, ... by Bob Davidson on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 1:56:54 PM
. . .is this documented "secession is permitted by... by prsmith on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 2:01:17 PM
. . .is equally important to the formation of our ... by prsmith on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 1:58:30 PM
Read the majority opinion written by Chief Justice... by Bob Davidson on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 2:06:57 PM
. . .that the SCOTUS, a branch of the central gove... by prsmith on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:08:42 PM
Actually I am not sure what legal "scholars" you a... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:08:21 PM
"Under the American Constitution a new structure... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:19:26 PM
"The way to have good and safe government, is no... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:26:10 PM
"It is often asserted that the world has made ag... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:32:43 PM
Walter Brasch, you have it backwards! Uncle Sam's ... by David McElroy on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 1:27:40 PM
That is true. What has happened here is very much ... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:38:55 PM
Slavery of humans was always a violation of the Bi... by Richard Pietrasz on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 9:16:57 PM
 I agree with your sentiment but not the solu... by Mark Oetting on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 10:01:25 AM
Folks can dicker all they want about whether som... by Carlo Ami on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 2:05:28 PM
. . .that Lincoln & Co. refused to allow for d... by prsmith on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:12:50 PM
Welcome.... by Don Caldarazzo on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 4:05:07 PM
Carlo: You speak the truth. The rulers of the Ame... by Derryl Hermanutz on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 2:23:05 AM
for an Article V Constitutional Convention, but th... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 7:43:45 AM
Such a small way of looking at things. Pity. ... by FrankieC on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 2:14:22 PM
Yes but the comments and arguments here, although ... by Wil Masisak on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 5:28:39 PM
We have been fighting the (un)Patriot Act since it... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 2:22:10 PM
About Romney whose policies followed and continued... by Kansas Bright on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 2:33:22 PM
click here   Click here   I have re... by Walter Brasch on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:00:25 PM
. . .much of what you wrote is hateful?  Hmmm... by prsmith on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:17:29 PM
I applaud you and anyone who takes a stand against... by Bob Davidson on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:18:40 PM
But we sure didn't see or hear YOU. Sorry, but jum... by Kim Cassidy on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 11:08:25 PM
The author of 'Truckin to Treason...' is surel... by Rashua Rahyah on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 3:51:17 PM
It is not treason to speak in favor of secession. ... by Patricia Gray on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 5:55:41 PM
How all those who claim that the federal governmen... by BFalcon on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:42:16 PM
Take Penn, a blue state controlled by Republicans ... by Robert S. Becker on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 12:17:36 PM
"If I win the elections we play together, if I los... by BFalcon on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 3:28:55 PM
How 'bout we give'em a six month trial separation?... by James Tennier on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 6:58:57 PM
The Texas GDP is nearly $1.2 Trillion. That would ... by Bob Davidson on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 7:26:20 PM
the state of Texas has been a net taker for five o... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 8:03:02 AM
Source: 2012 data, Bureau of Economic Analysis and... by Bob Davidson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 11:03:13 AM
that loyalists of the sort that the founders had t... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 12:59:48 PM
Secession is not the solution right now. Some stat... by Bob Davidson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 3:10:12 PM
It's amazing to me just how anti-intellectual one ... by Wil Masisak on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 5:41:22 PM
The chart clearly shows that this was based on 201... by J. Edward Tremlett on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 2:41:10 PM
I saw the article date and overlooked the chart da... by Bob Davidson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 3:02:50 PM
I recall that after the second election of George ... by Art Costa on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 7:48:49 PM
Because I do not remember there being a flurry of ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 10:31:58 AM
Heck, let the entire South seceed.  Just thin... by Sister Begonia on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:18:21 PM
YES Sister!... by Andrew Schettino on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 8:41:13 AM
Right-wingers love to tell others what to do, say,... by Dan Sa on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 9:21:40 PM
This article is embedded in a partisan discussion ... by Art Costa on Saturday, Nov 24, 2012 at 9:29:50 PM
The Secession movement is about the Vichy governme... by Textynn N on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 12:10:31 AM
An intact United States has every resource needed ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 8:19:41 AM
Right on brother!... by Andrew Schettino on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 8:39:52 AM
What we see here is the message from the corrupt l... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 11:24:14 AM
as American entrepreneurship, but I have to conced... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 12:45:10 PM
Legalistic, economic, and practical issues aside, ... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 4:42:32 PM
that as  one  man ( St. Thomas Aquinas) ... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 5:51:34 PM
after an excellent explication of unionism by forc... by Bob Davidson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 at 5:57:01 PM
Great article but why the resistance to Secession... by Andrew Schettino on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 8:33:39 AM
I started commenting on every other post in suppo... by Andrew Schettino on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 8:57:36 AM