The political bellwether of separating from the United Kingdom failed to materialize after the Thursday referendum votes for Scottish independence from the UK were counted.
At its core, the movement supported the belief that since Scotland had little to no say in the British Parliament, why bother. The majority still wants to bother.
At about the same time as the Scottish referendum, a poll released Friday by Reuters/Ipsos, revealed that nearly a quarter of Americans like the separatist idea. Of course 53% of those responding, strongly opposed it and the rest of the folks didn’t have a strong enough opinion to count either way. The sampling was pretty large at 8,952 citizens. It should surprise no one that a majority of Tea Party members intensely dislike the United States, and yes, Republicans outnumbered Democrats in wanting do whatever secessionists do.
Unlike Scotland, eagerness to cut the strings from your mother country has little to do with the specifics of any one political issue. It has everything to do with the U.S. daring to cede the tiniest bit of political power to those of African-American descent. That’s because white, right-wing hatred of color continues to be manifest in every new poll, vote and action. A top to bottom vow of the far right to make life as politically miserable as possible for Barack Obama was but the first step for the haters after the November 2008 election outcome. Let’s review.
There’s the monumentally ignorant and distorted birther issue and the contrived House Committee on Government and Oversight Reform’s “Fast and Furious” hearings featuring two Republicans, the sketchy Chairman, California’s Darrell Issa and South Carolina attack dog, Trey Gowdy. The contrivance of F & F was unmasked in Fortune magazine by an investigative journalist.
That didn’t stop the right-wing House members from voting to hold black Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in 2012. The rest of the industrialized world shook their collective heads in disgust; not of the innocent Holder, but of any political body foolish enough to express their loathing of this dedicated, educated and intelligent African-American in such a pronounced manner. Is it any wonder Holder is rumored to be leaving after the upcoming November election.
Then there were IRS hearings (you do most of the cheating, you get most of the attention) and the contrived 9 Benghazi hearings, where the Issa/Gowdy committee, keeps running into the dead ends of truth, but insist on wasting millions to find even one tiny negative grain of blame they can hold over the head of President Obama and presumed Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Once more, let me explain Benghazi. We were doing a little spying, maybe setting up the overthrow of a couple of terrorist’s regimes. There was a video out there distasteful to Muslims and there were years of highly charged, chaotic demonstrations throughout the region. Over 70,000 have died in Syria, alone. Some nasty terrorist-types were occupants of Benghazi and Republican congressional fed-haters voted down nearly a half-billion in funding that most likely would have provided the security that would have saved the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. End of story, no matter how many fabrications were thrown against the wall by the Issa/Gowdy duo.
Here’s my solution for dealing with the secessionists. Let’s vote, just like the Scots. But, unlike the Scottish vote, only those still fully committed to this country will go to the polls. The nation-haters can stay home. The referendum question: Do we want to continue to be identified with this bunch of raging ingrates? Most of the states in the middle of this nuttiness get a lot more back from the federal government than they put into it. They would work for pennies an hour, starve and die without Uncle Sam. But they hate America anyway, so let’s give them what they want, independence.
However, I would insist on one caveat to be included in the referendum: If you want to separate from America, SEPARATE! I can think of a number of areas that could meet your pale criteria. Most important to your hateful residency in these United States is the repression of blacks. So, let’s send you to an all WHITE environment.
We can use the black separatist “Republic of New Afrika” model of wanting to take over five Southern states as African-American enclaves some decades ago. But, that wouldn’t work in this case since the states were in the U.S. and I want to accommodate the separatists and get them as far away from this country of hues (not to mention homosexuals) as possible.
There are several options. Canada and China, are both about 3.7-3.8 million square miles. They rank as numbers 3 and 4 in area in the world. Similarly sized, the U.S. is number 2. Canada would never do. Just too many people wandering around who don’t look like white Americans. Not to mention Canadian reluctance to shoot everything that walks. China’s out; that hues problem again. Brazil’s just a smidgeon smaller in area, but all that brown and black pigmentation?
So we’re left with the one obvious choice. Massive with its 6.6 million square miles and there are 640 acres per each square mile. Meet your new host country, right-wingers; RUSSIA! A getaway marriage made in heaven. And there are great stretches that are white, white, white, especially in Siberia. There’s the white polar bear (don’t worry, they don’t attack that often), the exceedingly nasty Karakurt spider has some white markings, and you’ll turn an even paler white when confronted by the potentially deadly Russian tigers, wolves, wild boars and northern vipers (good news, they have some white markings).
Of course, right-wing secession fans scoff in the face of such dangers, being armed 24/7 and all that. Just be careful where you’re aiming when the spiders and snakes sink their fangs into you. The fact that the Russian Federation has historically killed tens of millions of its own people could give one pause, but we manage to bump off a fair number of our own, so it shouldn’t take long to adapt.
Siberia is covered with WHITE snow some six months of the year and features average January temperatures of between 37 and 47 degrees below zero. All the better to get the roasting climes of Africa out of mind. Your new neighbors are likely to be Tatars, virtually all adherents of Islam. But the good news is, Evangelicals make up one-tenth of one percent of all religions so there’s plenty of room to grow.
The better news is that Siberian skin is not all that different than right-wing skin. And the Tatars are a very attractive people, like Siberian native supermodel Irina Shayk for example. There is a political irony here; Siberians hate Moscow almost as much as the right extremists hate Washington.
So, best of luck in your new digs. Tell Putin I said hi when he comes to stomp on your new country and Godspeed as you enjoy the luxuries of true freedom, low taxes, independence and most importantly, pallid politics.
For the rest of us, let’s get to work on that referendum.
Raised rural & small town, then lived in N.Y., Chicago & LA. Widely traveled. Returned from world wandering to pursue media life of anchorman/reporter and major, medium and small market talk radio. Highly active in politics. Once worked as orderly & security in Mens Lock Ward for the Criminally Insane at a state institution. Much more rational population than current Teapublicans. Great concern for country run by and for the extreme wealthy. The inhumane current running through this country has no precedent in modern history.
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