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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Secessionist Convention

Not only are teachers in northern states like NJ Public Schools Teaching 6th Graders the merits of US Slavery, now we learn that there is a two-day Secessionist Convention that started yesterday in Chattanooga. Yes, a century after Civil War, there is a growing secession movement in the south and north. check out this report from Bill Poovey at Associated Press:

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (AP) — In an unlikely marriage of desire to secede from the United States, two advocacy groups from opposite political traditions — New England and the South — are sitting down to talk.

Tired of foreign wars and what they consider right-wing courts, the Middlebury Institute wants liberal states such as Vermont to be able to secede peacefully.

That sounds just fine to the League of the South, a conservative group that refuses to give up on Southern independence.

"We believe that an independent South, or Hawaii, Alaska, or Vermont, would be better able to serve the interest of everybody, regardless of race or ethnicity,'' said Michael Hill of Killen, Alabama, president of the League of the South.

Separated by hundreds of miles (kilometers) and divergent political philosophies, the Middlebury Institute and the League of the South are hosting a two-day Secessionist Convention starting Wednesday in Chattanooga.

They expect to attract supporters from California, Alaska and Hawaii, inviting anyone who wants to dissolve the union so states can save themselves from an overbearing federal government.

If allowed to go their own way, New Englanders "probably would allow abortion and have gun control,'' Hill said, while Southerners "would probably crack down on illegal immigration harder than it is being now.''

The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly prohibit secession, but few people think it is politically viable. The U.S. Civil War — one of the key defining events in American history — was largely fought on the issue, with 11 southern slave states breaking away from the rest of the country under the banner of the Confederate States of America. The North's Union army eventually defeated the South, ending the war in 1865. Read More HERE

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