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If at First You Don’t Secede…

When Obama was first elected, our national press breathlessly likened him to Abraham Lincoln. Thankfully, the Lincoln comparisons have disappeared, but a strange new similarity between the two presidencies has emerged. In the wake of Obama’s reelection, some pathetic loons in South Carolina and Texas are trying to organize secession from the union.

Talking Points Memo has more on Texas County Treasurer Peter Hardin’s comments on secession:

“We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity,” Morrison wrote. “But in due time, the maggots will have eaten every morsel of flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity.”

“Texas was once its own country, and many Texans already think in nationalist terms about their state. We need to do everything possible to encourage a long-term shift in thinking on this issue. Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government? Let each go her own way in peace, sign a free trade agreement among the states and we can avoid this gut-wrenching spectacle every four years,” he wrote.

South Carolina’s secessionists have taken a more measured tone, submitting a formal petition to the White House asking for a peaceful secession. The text can be found here:

As the Founding Fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: ‘When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.’

Say what you will about these measures, at least Confederate chuckleheads have learned from history: peaceful secession via petition sure beats violent insurrection and civil war.

That’s progress.

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