Interesting to watch all the hoop-a-la about Scottish Freedom. Frankly, I would want to get rid of the Queen. But then, that is why in the U.S., I’m a Democrat, not a Republican.
Scottish independence would have been “cataclysmic” for Europe, spurring separatism elsewhere and creating an “ungovernable” continent of rival nationalisms, a senior European Union official said on Friday.
In one of the first comments from a European commissioner following a referendum on which the EU executive had observed a scrupulously neutral stance in public, trade chief Karel De Gucht told Belgium’s VRT radio he had feared a Yes vote.
“If it had happened in Scotland, I think it would have been a political landslide on the scale of the break-up of the Soviet Union,” said De Gucht, a Belgian liberal who does not support demands from some of his fellow Flemings for their own state.
Moving to the United States:
The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.
The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.
Anger with President Barack Obama’s handling of issues ranging from healthcare reform to the rise of Islamic State militants drives some of the feeling, with Republican respondents citing dissatisfaction with his administration as coloring their thinking.
But others said long-running Washington gridlock had prompted them to wonder if their states would be better off striking out on their own, a move no U.S. state has tried in the 150 years since the bloody Civil War that led to the end of slavery in the South.
“I don’t think it makes a whole lot of difference anymore which political party is running things. Nothing gets done,” said Roy Gustafson, 61, of Camden, South Carolina, who lives on disability payments. “The state would be better off handling things on its own.”
Scottish unionists won by a wider-than-expected 10-percentage-point margin.
Falling public approval of the Obama administration, attention to the Scottish vote and the success of activists who accuse the U.S. government of overstepping its authority – such as the self-proclaimed militia members who flocked to Nevada’s Bundy ranch earlier this year during a standoff over grazing rights – is driving up interest in secession, experts said.
“It seems to have heated up, especially since the election of President Obama,” said Mordecai Lee, a professor of governmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, who has studied secessionist movements.
A lot of it is about STATES RIGHTS
The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution was simple:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”
Everybody has their own “bug in the tail” about this one. Mine is education. The United States before Dwight Eisenhower did OK. The local communities took care of education: hired a teacher, built a school, etc. Some of the states got involved and built state-wide systems. New York built the best, Mississippi the worst. (No I won’t even argue, just substitute your own choices. I just picked two.) Some in-between did better than others. Even Connecticut (an affluent state, was teaching about the Soviet Union five years after it’s demise, because “we don’t have the money to update the textbooks”). First it was the Department of Health, Education & Welfare. Then it got elevated to the Department of Education. Now, New York and Mississippi are the same: BAD NEWS.
Of course, we have Texas who still wants to be independent.
But we have California who wants to split umteen ways
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