Friday, November 20, 2009

Field of dreams

... is how Zach Jones describes secession of American states in his article in the oddly named news site. (I say "oddly named" because the .to designates a site in Tonga's domain).

He calls it a "field of dreams" to evoke the Kevin Costner film of that name where the farmer is told "If you build it, they will come." Mr. Jones believes that if a state has the courage to secede,* it may lose some loyal Americans, but will gain others and many business interests wanting to live and work in freedom.

Mr. Jones is shocked that he came up with this observation:

Never in my 55 years on this earth have I thought that I would seriously consider the idea of secession from the United States of America. I guess I was wrong. Personally, I will be waiting to see if America can be set again on its path under the Constitution through the electoral process in 2010.

If America can’t be righted to its course, it may be prudent for all freedom loving Americans to be reading up on secession.

He is welcome to wait for the results of the 2010 election, but one reason we have secessionists, is that we are tired of waiting. We looked for change in 1992, in 2000, and in 2008, and where did it get us? Mr. Jones himself gives the reason why waiting longer is likely to prove fruitless:

Today Congress is acting like a mule; and like a mule, sometimes the only way to get its attention is to hit it between the eyes. As we (a majority) all know, the Obama Congress is running America’s balance sheet, value of her dollar, and entire economy over the cliff. Most of us also know that it’s only drastic action can get the attention of this Congress that appears hell bent on ushering in a new socialist nation. Ordinary Americans are trying with massive Tea Parties, but one certain way to get Washington’s attention and possibly prevent the coming economic and social disaster (annihilation) is for one state or two to say ENOUGH! The proverbial two by four between the eyes may be what is called for to save the futures of all Americans.

Still, even great ideas take some time to catch on. Secession is a radical change in thinking, and it will take some time for people to get used to the idea.

* Please note, people, that secede is the correct spelling for the verb, not "suceed" or "seceed". The corresponding noun is spelled secession, not "sucession". Though I once did a play on words on the similar-sounding word with a speech title of "If at first you don't succeed, secede!"

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