Skiing, Subarus, Secession

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader hasn’t visited Vermont in years. It is probably a decade or more in fact. The last time he went to Vermont it was, explicitly, to go to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory and gorge himself. (That mission was accomplished, by the way.)

Your Maximum Leader doesn’t pay too close attention to what is going on in Vermont, to be honest. So imagine his surprise when he reads that 13% of Vermonters (Vermonsters?) are in favor of seceding from the Union. Really now… Your Maximum Leader had no idea that 13% of Vermonters are certifiably insane. He knows that Vermont is the home of some people that he might charitably describe as “liberal wackos” (a term your Maximum Leader employs only sparingly); but frankly what state doesn’t have its share of wackos (liberal or otherwise).

Of all the questions posed throughout history, or at least the history of our great republic, your Maximum Leader would have thought that the question of secession was about as moot as you could get. There was a war faught (and in the minds of some still being faught) on the whole secession issue. As your Maximum Leader recalls, it didn’t turn out too well for those who thought that the United States of America was a voluntary association.

So… It seems as though the Vermont secession movement is organized and has manifestos… According to the article:

Supporters have published a “Green Mountain Manifesto” subtitled “Why and How Tiny Vermont Might Help Save America From Itself by Seceding from the Union.”

In 2005, about 300 people turned out for a secession convention in the Statehouse, and plans for a second one are in the works. A poll this year by the University of Vermont’s Center for Rural Studies found that 13 percent of those surveyed support secession, up from 8 percent a year before.

“The argument for secession is that the U.S. has become an empire that is essentially ungovernable — it’s too big, it’s too corrupt and it no longer serves the needs of its citizens,” said Rob Williams, editor of Vermont Commons, a quarterly newspaper dedicated to secession.

“We have electoral fraud, rampant corporate corruption, a culture of militarism and war,” Williams said. “If you care about democracy and self-governance and any kind of representative system, the only constitutional way to preserve what’s left of the Republic is to peaceably take apart the empire.”

If you were sitting near your Maximum Leader now you would hear him crying out “cukkoo!” Sweet mother! What the hell is going on up in the Green Mountain State? Honestly now, are the people favoring secession going to reconstitute the Green Mountain Boys (and Gyrlz) and take up arms to defend themeselves against the fraud-loving, corporately-corrupt, militarists who until recently were their countrymen? Your Maximum Leader would like to see that. Hell, your Maximum Leader would raise a group of Virginia Volunteers (he would be Colonel-in-Chief) and march on up and retake Vermont on behalf of the United States. He would be happy to liberate the Ben and Jerry’s plant…

If he couldn’t liberate the Ben and Jerry’s plant, he would be happy to secure the grave of Calvin Coolidge for the US… Sherman had his march to the sea. Your Maximum Leader would have his march to Plymouth, Vermont. Be warned! It would be just as bloody…

Watch out Vermont… We’re not gonna let you go peacefully.

Carry on.

Phoenix said:

My Dear Maximum Leader,

I humbly bow before your greatness and kiss the hem of your bejeweled ermine-trimmed robe.

Okay, that out of the way, you might be interested to know that a few years ago there was a secession movement in Kansas. Of course, in that case, there were several counties of Southwestern Kansas trying to secede from the larger State of Kansas because they felt that they were not adequately being served by their government.

Basically, in Kansas, politics and leaders tend to view the far western end of the state as a no-man’s land that is unoccupied. They tend to view and treat as the western edge of the territory the town of Great Bend. Let me assure you, this leaves out a great deal of territory. These people merely wanted better government and a state government that valued them as constituents and taxpayers. In the end, the push failed, but things did improve for them somewhat in the state house. Anyhoo, I just thought it might intrigue you. They didn’t want to secede from the US, just create a new state within the union and apart from Kansas. I think they wanted it to be named West Kansas or something like that.

(My father wrote large sections of the Constitution for this would-be state. That’s how I’m aware of it. And, so that you can get an idea of population density - there are 2,000 residing in my home county. This is why they don’t get a lot of attention. Huge tax base, small number of people.)

What’s In A Name?…

Over at Naked Villainy, something of a policy tussle has broken out over what to do about the news of the movement for Vermont seccession. The Maximum Leader has offered to raise his own volunteer regiment to bring the Green……

Mrs. Peperium said:

You don’t have to kill anyone. Just just march them over into Canada and “Live here or die!”

I’m with Samllholder on the Dairy compact so please do that in while you’re on the march.

Back in the late 30’s and early 40’s, there was a movement similar to the Kansas one here on the west coast. The southernmost counties of Oregon and the northernmost of California wanted to secede from their respective states and joint to form a (then 49th) state of Jefferson. The movement picked up a lot of steam, particularly in Siskyou and Jackson Counties, but when Pearl Harbor happened, the leaders of the movement shelved it so as not to hamper the war effort. To this day, you’ll see businesses in that region refer to Jefferson State in their names.

Phoenix and Sous: I did not know about the OR or KS secession movements. I had a friend (born and raised in Key West) who was an ardent follower of the “Conch Republic” and believed that Key West would be a great independent state. I’ve also met a few Texans who are a little more serious than I would care for when they discuss secession and trying again as the Republic of Texas. (Of course, only Texans would think of seceeding again when the first time went so well for them.)

Mrs P - somehow I don’t think that the Canadians would take them if I tried marching them out…

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