Friday, March 30, 2012

Texas Secession? An Imagined Constitutional Lone Star Republic

Texas-with-texas-flag1Discussions of secession always seem slightly humorous, including our previous one discussing Long Island and Vermont - - - as well as Texas.

And Texas is in the "news" again, with this rather lengthy "Lone Star State of Mind" on today's All Thing's Considered broadcast on NPR.





Worth a listen!



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I've been writing about Vermont's secessionists for more than five years.

They've spent years inflating their significance here and, to a degree, have been successful in creating the impres sion that they are something more than a disturbed group of surprisingly anti-Semitic cranks with an out-dated economic plan unsuitable to addressing the problems of today .

In truth, they are comprised of, as one of their leaders has called it, a "small community.". Since the very beginning they have maintained strong ties to the white supremacists at the League of the South and continue to do so.

When journalists from out of state need a quick, "aren't those Vermonters quirky" story, they reach way up on the back of the shelf where cracked pots are normally kept and get trotted out as though they are something more than the "small" group of tired, self-important professors that either retired here or get that look from students as they stride by. The remainder are wannabes incapable of becoming has beens.

Think of them more as salon secessionists. They produced several polls of ascending strength and claimed at one point 60,000 Vermont voters (pop. 626,000) supported their efforts. Election time came and less than 2,000 voted for their angry gubernatorial candidate or, as I like to say, barely three quarters of 1% - roughly equivalent to the number of spoilt ballots that we have in any given election.

Hopefully, should you mention them again, you'll contextualize them as the Ruritarian fantasy that they've proven themselves to be.

Posted by: Thomas Rowley | Mar 31, 2012 7:13:42 AM

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