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Last update: November 5th, 2013
New Colorado: the 51st state?
Rural Coloradans feel marginalized by urban voters. So 11 counties will soon vote on a proposal to secede from Colorado. Keep reading at Al-Jazeera America.
The US government shutdown is over, but the divide between the “two America’s” continues, as the New York Times points out:
“… the continued support for Mr. Cruz among Texas Republicans illustrates something larger: the cultural and political divide that continues to widen between a red state that President Obama lost by nearly 16 points in the 2012 election and the blue or even purple parts of the country where Mr. Cruz’s tone and tactics have caused outrage and consternation.
‘Texas is not America,’said Matt Mackowiak, a Republican political consultant in Austin and the former spokesman for Mr. Cruz’s Republican predecessor in the Senate, Kay Bailey Hutchison. ‘It’s in America, but it’s not America. National polls don’t mean anything. Democrats haven’t won a statewide office in Texas since 1994. There are no Peter Kings in Texas.’”
Prominent Blogger Nate Silver predicts Obama has a 78% chance of winning the forthcoming presidential election. 270towin.com also forecasts a likely Obama victory. So what could happen to the state of the Union if Obama indeed defeats Romney?
Prediction: there will be more calls for secession. ’More’ means that calls for secession already exist.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has said he wouldn’t rule out secession. The state legislature in Missouri has also pondered seceding from the Union (South Dakota has also dealt with secession).
In Arizona, members of the state legislature recently adopted a bill that would allow the state to secede from the Union without having to do so ‘officially‘. Even in fairly liberal New Hampshire, a representative in 2009 drew up a resolution calling for secession. These are only some of the contemporary examples of secessionist movements in the US.
How likely is it that states actually secede? Who knows, really. But is it a ridiculous question/thought considering how polarized the nation is at this point in time? If Obama wins, could the state of the Union be heading for something disastrous?
The Wall Street Journal touched upon this issue in ‘Divided We Stand‘. It wonders, ‘What would California look like broken in three? Or a Republic of New England? With the federal government reaching for ever more power, redrawing the map is enticing’, says Paul Starobin.
What do you think? Is the idea of a breakup of the US a bunch of baloney?
The new American Civil War is not unfathomable. Professor Robert Reich suggests that the 2012 presidential election has essentially drawn the lines of two nations within one. Reich wonders, how are we to rediscover the public good in this turbulent times?
August 24, 2012 Politics: President of Ireland calls American Tea Partier ‘a wanker wipping up fear’ and more
The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins eviscerated ardent US Republican radio broadcaster Michael Graham over issues like healthcare and foreign policy. Read more here.
Check out the piece I just had published in the Arizona Capitol Times (the most read newspapers in Arizona for political affairs). I wrote in response to what a Tea Party leader had said about the loyalty of Muslim Americans.
Read it here
To be a member of the Know Nothing Party, one had to be ‘a native born citizen, a Protestant, born of Protestant parents, reared under Protestant influence, and not united in marriage with a Roman Catholic’. In addition, members of the Know Nothing Party had to take a pledge to prevent ‘the insidious policy of the Church of Rome, an all other foreign influences against the institutions of our country, by placing in all offices in the gift of the people, whether by election or appointment, none but native-born Protestant citizens’.
Similarly, Tea Party members have stressed the importance of ‘taking our country back’ from ‘them’; ‘them’ often being immigrants, undocumented people, Muslims, homosexuals, socialists and communists (to name a few). Tea Party members often stress the importance of America’s ‘Protestant origins’ and oftentimes suggest that the Founders never intended to separate church and state. Tea Party members often attack Islam as being ‘un-democratic’ and antithetical to ‘American values’. Tea Party members often accuse Barack Obama, who is not ‘American enough’, of being a ‘secret Muslim’ because his middle name is Hussein and he spent time growing up in countries with Muslims. Tea Party members also spread the conspiracy that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the American government and that Americans will soon be dominated by the tyranny of ‘Islamists’ like the Muslim Brotherhood.
The rhetoric between these two parties is eerily similar.
The Know Nothing Party eventually became irrelevant, perhaps because too many Americans looked beyond their unproductive rhetoric of racism and discrimination.
Time will only tell if the Tea Party experiences a similar fate.
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I want to challenge your comment that Americans need to be concerned about the loyalty of Muslim Americans. I want to do so through a story of my own experience.
Throughout 2008 and 2009, I was conducting research under Professor Akbar Ahmed of American University with the hope of better understanding American identity through the eyes of Muslims. Resulting from this trip was the documentary, Journey into America, and the book, Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam. A scene in both the documentary and the book may be of interest to you.
In the spring of 2009, Professor Ahmed was invited by Colonel Martinez of Washington’s Old Guard to speak to American soldiers, who were on the verge of being deployed to Afghanistan. After his discussion, Professor Ahmed and myself were invited by Colonel Martinez to Arlington National Cemetery.
It was here – in this most hollowed ground of our country – where I paid my respect to the Muslim Americans that have died to protect our freedoms.
As Professor Ahmed writes, ‘Among those buried in section 60, reserved for American soldiers killed after 9/11, is Humayun Khan, killed in Iraq and awarded the Purple Heart. And he is but one example of Muslim soldiers who have sacrificed their lives’.
Mr. Harris – it appears that you have overlooked this ultimate sacrifice in loyalty. You would be wise to not degrade the Muslim American community with your insidious remarks. You are putting yourself in danger of becoming anti-American in the eyes of your fellow citizens.
Craig Considine, Needham, Massachusetts
I am trying to be more creative. Rather than writing something, I have decided to speak something.
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