Here’s the pulse of the average conservative secessionist petitioner in Alabama.
I completely endorse Mr. Graham’s observation that this Union is a failure and the brakes have failed and that we are careening toward a Greek-style financial collapse that will crush our economy.
Ending socialism would have a “disparate impact” on the blacks.
“The secession petitions are the result of concerned citizens realizing what this socialist nation has become and where it is going and don’t like it. We are not far away from emulating Greece in political fiscal irresponsibility. We are bigger and it takes more time for the failure mode to surface. It is just a matter of time until the Bernanke/Obama $40 billion-per-month printing press tips the scales. In our case the difference will be in lieu of the Eurozone invoking mandatory austerity upon us it will be China. You think China is your enemy now, just wait.
It is an interesting read to go to Wikipedia and read the differences between the constitutions of the Confederacy and the U.S. After dealing with the U.S. Constitution for nearly 70 years, Confederates decided more specific limitations on the power of central government were compulsory. What if the Fed couldn’t print money, or Congress couldn’t install tariffs to protect certain industries over others, or presidents couldn’t grant immunity to illegal aliens or grant our tax dollars to unions and select industries in return for votes?
It is not surprising that we actually have citizens who do not wish to be a part of this policy or debt load. There are those who do not wish to police the world or make exorbitant annual donations to countries that spend these endowments to our detriment. There are those who simply don’t like despotic federal government.
Note: Michael Hill is right that there has been a “shift in consciousness.” It is also obvious that next year we need make greater use of the economic argument like the Catalans in Spain.