Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

05/08/2009 (6:50 am)

Polling Secession

regionchartsecessionIt’s a sign of the times that anybody is even asking the question, but a sign of political reality that I have to read leftist activists to find out what conservatives are thinking.

Wednesday, Washington Monthly published the results of a Research 2000 poll conducted for the Daily Kos, asking (among other things) the question: “Do you think the state that you live in would be better off as an independent nation or as part of the United States of America?” They did this in the wake of stories from several states — Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Dakota — passing resolutions calling for President Obama to cease and desist violations of the US Constition, and a return to limited federalism.

Four out of five Americans are certain they’d prefer to remain part of the US, but there’s a huge spike among Southern Republicans that aren’t quite so sure. Thirty percent of respondents in the southern US expressed that they’re not sure whether they’d be better off staying with the US, and almost 10% are sure they’d prefer to leave.

Now, these are not numbers that indicate a revolution anytime soon. Quebec is still a province of Canada, and the Quebec sovereignty movement has at times pulled almost 50% of the vote there. But this is a clear indication that people in the south (mostly Republicans) are waking up to the fact that what’s going on in Washington today is far afield from what they signed up for.

In the meantime, four separate state legislatures have made an attempt to blow the whistle on the Democrats in Washington, DC, and so far, only the lefties are writing about it. Maybe the Republicans are too distracted by their own desire to survive politically to notice how elements their own base are beginning to think about starting a new nation.

They can count on at least one vote from Massachusetts. That would be me. I’ve been favoring secession since I saw the inevitability of the leftward drift of the US back in the 1980s.

Credit NewsOK with the story of Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passing their resolution calling for federal Constitutional conformity over the veto of their Democratic governor.

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May 8, 2009 @ 6:52 pm #

so you saw the leftward shift back in the 80s? what made you come to that conclusion? i would like to hear about it since i was a kid in the 80s and a lot of the stuff that happened then is still having an effect now. i always thought the leftward shift happened in the 20s and 60s.

May 9, 2009 @ 7:24 am #


What I was aware of then, as now, is that the moral system of social progressives is different from the moral system of the Christian West. The American system of government is adequate for governing diverse points of view, but only if they share a basic moral system; Jefferson pointed out that this was one of the presuppositions. With two different moral systems, the compromises required by the political system are not just more moderate versions of the same measures, but they’re actually schizophrenic — we have “compromise” laws that actually attempt to achieve two opposing goals, which is impossible. Consequently, I figured that the only way to avoid one moral system stomping on the other would be separate nations.

I actually noticed the shift back in the late 70s, and by the time the mid-80s rolled around, I had a sense that the Reagan revolution was just a reprieve, not a halt in the slide. I was studying the history of education back then as part of my home schooling preparation, and recognized that the education system (primary through post-secondary) as well as the news, entertainment, and law systems had all been compromised by hard leftists. I think it was the character assassination of Robert Bork that struck me as the indication that liberty could not last in that environment; and then, the vilification of Clarence Thomas was even worse.

One other thing: I’m a Charismatic Christian, and I believe I had revelation from God concerning the matter. Do with that whatever you like; I heard some of this in prayer.

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