The Washington Times reports that there is a secession movement afoot in New York State. Oh, it’s nothing so extreme as wanting the entire state to secede from a country that has taken on debt that can never be paid off. The New Yorkers behind this movement simply want the state government to be split into two regional governments: one for New York City and one for everybody else.
The reason? Racism and pro-slavery sentiment.
What? Isn’t that the only reason that one unit of a government might want to secede from a larger unit?
No, I am of course making that up; the real reason is that New York City and the rest of the state tend to see things very differently. Kind of like L.A. and San Francisco see things differently from much of the rest of California. Or, to put a finer point on it, the way that states like Texas see things differently from the blue states.
But, of course, if someone were to suggest that, say, Texas secede, that person would be labeled a crazy Neo-Confederate (whatever that means). The idea that a state — the unit of government that was originally considered sovereign when the Constitution was formed — might want to withdraw from the compact it entered? Slavery racism slavery we fought a war over this SLAVERY!!!! is the response. You’re crazy to even mention it.
I think states have the right to secede. If I still lived in Texas, I think I would want it to secede.
Aside from the impossible politics of it, I see one very large practical problem. The reason that Texans should want to secede, or one of them, is the absurd debt that the country has run up. But Texas at least theoretically helped do that, and when a group of entities incur a debt, one of them can’t simply leave without first paying their share. And since this debt can never be paid, individually or collectively, because it is already far too large, that means that no state can leave without first paying an impossible-to-pay sum.
So we’re all stuck. Unless someone can figure a way out.
Sorry. I know I need to go flog myself for supposedly being a racist and pro-slavery Neo-Confederate for even raising the issue. I just think to myself on a regular basis: what can people do to respond to this completely absurd and completely untenable financial mess that we have worked ourselves into, which folks in Washington like Barack Obama won’t even acknowledge? Big Media may not talk about it every day, but it is still, by far, our greatest problem — every single day. If a state can’t secede its way out, then what can be done?