Before I get into the "meat" of my thoughts, let me say this. I live in California and despite the stereotype, I voted against Proposition 8. I don't give a rat's ass if two people of the same sex want to get married. It will not affect my life at all. The sun will continue to rise in the East and set in the West. Why should the Heterosexuals have the monopoly on divorce court?
Anyway, my concern is the bigger picture of the recent trend of sending every controversial voter decision to the courts. We are turning over our democracy piece by piece to the court system. That really scares me and eventually it may mean that we stop having general elections and just put it in front of a judge to decide.
I am all of sudden talking to people from all over the political spectrum that feel that the ideological divide may get so wide that it will become irreconcilable. That at some point, decades from now, that this country will have to split up to avoid a second civil war.
That got me thinking today. I actually think that may not be such a bad idea. We are no longer growing as a people. The middle ground where people used to come together is getting smaller and smaller. So, really think about it. Would you feel better if you were able to live in a country that for the most part matched your belief structure? Is keeping the USA intact, worth so many people ideologically unhappy? I don't know.
As of right now. There is nothing in the current Constitution stopping a state from seceding. There is nothing that defines the process to secede either. The only thing we have is a Supreme Court ruling in Texas v White. Scholars disagree on if the decision actually makes secession illegal. But the way Texas was readmitted into the Union after the Civil War, gives Texas the easiest path to leave the Union than the other states.
What say you?
Posted: 08/05/10 at 14:21 (848 views)