Secession at Berkeley

If Berkeley wants to secede from the United States, I’m willing to let it go. But as Senator Jim DeMint makes clear, that action of secession should bear a few minor consequences, such as the loss of all federal funds. If Berkeley wants to eat its cake, let it. But having dined in style on a rich cake made up of loony conspiracy theories and radical politics, it certainly shouldn’t be able to claim a subsequent entitlement to a nice, rich cake made of up of taxpayer cash:

Hat tip: Hot Air

6 Responses

  1. Concerning “If Berkeley wants to secede from the United States, I’m willing to let it go.”: many people are willing to broaden this from Berkeley to California. 🙂

  2. Hello Bookworm,

    I’m not willing to let Berkeley secede from the Union nor California. We fought a terrible, bloody Civil War over this business of secession, and if they genuinely want to secede, I think we ought to treat them as we treated the former Confederate states.

    In a sense, they are openly declaring that they don’t recognize our federal system of government and that our Congress is illegitimate. Raising an army is the sole province of the federal government and one minor city, who, by the way, produces nothing but discord and dissent, is disowning the federal government as well as disowning the Constitution.

    While the demand they’re making may be, in an objective physical sense, minute compared to the broader matters of State, it is the principle that must be upheld. The principle is that this is one Union. One. We cannot allow various municipalities to secede on the whim that they don’t agree with federal law, and in effect, toss out federal officials.

    Don’t get me wrong. I think a sizable portion of our government is about as crooked as the San Andreas fault, but we can’t have anarchy and are many other forms of redressing our grievances against the federal government.

    If they secede, it is their right as free will individuals and as a group to do so. However, it is also the right of the federal government as a collection of free will individuals to impose martial law and swamp Berkeley with Marines.

    We just cannot tolerate secession and anarchy within our own borders. That is simply put the very definition of Treason.

  3. One last comment. I am not willing to cede one iota of territory to the radicals and to anarchy (which is why I think some parts of LA where cops don’t go to is an absolute disgrace and why the illegal immigrant debacle is a disgrace). Every square inch of this nation belongs to America.

    Are you, Bookworm readers, willing to give that up?

  4. Eloquently put, Thomas. My problem with wanting to hang on to Berkeley is that I spent the most miserable years of my life there. I didn’t realize it, but I was already a nascent conservative and, not only was I out of step there, I was made to feel like bizarre outcast. If Berkeley vanished, barring a few people who matter (such as Thomas Lifson at American Thinker), I wouldn’t personally mind. (And no, I’m not suggesting that we bomb Berkeley. I’m speaking purely hypothetically.)

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  6. “Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better…. Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize and make their own so much of the territory as they inhabit.”

    Unquote. Abraham Lincoln, in Congress, 1848.

    As a matter of the US Constitution he was right.

    When the South chose to follow Congressman Lincoln’s advice, President Lincoln said they could not go. Sadly, he had no Constitutional basis for doing so, having gotten it right the first time.

    So when the southern states rightly said that they had every right to go, and pointed to his own words from thirteen years earlier to buttress their assertion, he adroitly (well not very adroitly) shifted the argument to an absolutely mystical level: The Union was absolute, to be preserved at all costs. He spun this notion – which had existed nowhere prior to him – from whole cloth. It should not be forgotten, though it generally is, that the American nation-state was his invention.

    If Berkeley has the will, they even have the right, if they wish to go. As a practical matter, well… that’s something else. It would be easier for California as a whole to go, because the constitution was written by states, for states, and it was always seen by the Founders that states would have the power. The courts, and the fact that the senate became an elected rather than the original state-appointed office were the two factors that have allowed the federal government to run amok, and brought us much closer to Lincoln’s concept.

    So long, Berkeley.

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