Yes, I know, I surprise myself sometimes. This evening, they excerpted a quote in their usually excellent “Notable and Quotable” feature which includes:
But to argue that differences in policy ought to lead us to consider secession is lunacy. It also shows a (presumably) unwitting contempt for America, for its history, and for its role and purpose in the world. . .
The premise of the full piece was that modern secessionists are lunatic deviants because the previous attempt at secession was an economic and social attempt to keep chattel slavery alive. Is this any better than saying, “Hitler liked Raspberry Peach Crumb pie. Hitler killed millions and was evil. Wintercow chooses to eat Raspberry Peach Crumb pie too, so you know, like, he really shouldn’t be teaching those college students all that classical liberal gobbledeegook”
What a supremely weak point. I’d urge folks to remember what happened in 1798 and to read the Virginia and Kentucky resolutions themselves. Is that American tradition not important either? And those weren’t exactly about chattel slavery. And let me ask, perhaps rhetorically, is there any condition when secession is appropriate? If not, then how do you define tyranny?
If Texas ever seceded, I would move there. I would. You can hold me to it. I’ll even let you pay for my moving truck.