Secession isn’t a real option for disgruntled Texans, January 25
In 2009, Gov. Rick Perry was ridiculed for suggesting that if the federal government didn’t get its financial affairs in order, Texas might secede from the Union. Today, talk of succession is more commonplace, and those who engage in it aren’t simply dismissed. After President Obama’s re-election, over 675,000 Americans signed petitions urging their states to secede. Additionally, Dr. Walter Williams wrote a commentary stating: “there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone,” and suggested the best solution was “parting company.” Recently, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck both said they foresee a real possibility of states seceding. Some conservative voices have spoken out against such talk — e.g., Erick Erickson at redstate.com — but not many.
In the past, I’ve believed that those who have been fiscally responsible have no obligation to assist those who have spent recklessly. However, after further consideration I’ve concluded all of us involved in the “America experiment” must stick together. Our nation and the world have changed greatly in the 150 years since our Union split apart over the issue of slavery; things are much more interconnected now. I believe a planned breakup of our Republic would be nearly impossible to implement, and would likely ensure the destruction of the separate parts. At the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin said: “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” These words remain true today.