The natives are restless, jobless, and pissed. And apparently, for once, the AZ legislature is equally angry. Normaly I’d say this was a fringe story, except that it’s not and involves legally elected government and people. I have no real opinion one way or the other on the following issue, just making note of it.
Secession rumblings have returned to Arizona as evidenced in HCR 2024. It is essentially an updated version of a similar bill presented several years back. (2004 IIRC.) I didn’t realize until doing a quick check that there are quite a number of states with similar resolutions pending or already passed. What it does represents though is many states growing discontent over the perception that the Federal Government is trying to usurp the power of States and extend federal influence outside those areas proscribed by the Constitution of the United States.
Obviously this is an attempt to give the Federal Government a warning over their discontent and the discontent of many people. But it’s strange to actually be hearing people, ordinary every day people, talking about secession as a possibility. It’s been a number of years since I’ve head people outside the legislature and fringers seriously talking about secession. It seems, no one wants to leave the Union but many don’t believe D.C. has any serious interest in addressing their issues and concerns either. It poses an interesting quandry.
States involved so far: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Washington. I’m sure Texas is somewhere in the mix as well given that state’s independent history. If nothing else it’s an interesting mix of Red and Blue states.
Do I think secession will occur? No, not really, unless the Federal Government does something really stupid like pass and then try to enforce HR45. Or something equally stupid and egregious. Hopefully the Fed will listen and get the message.