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Divided USA

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)

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The court system of the US is part of the Triumvirate checks and balances. Without the US court system, I feel we would be in a world of hurt.

To use your example, yes, Prop 8 did divide the state along some pretty definite lines. The LDS church alone raised $22 MILLION dollars to support Prop 8 (don't get me started on taxation of churches that feel they need a political say - separation of church and state, only when THEY feel like it). However, all men are created equal - and still equal whether that person choses to fuck pussy, rim ass, or blow goats. The District Court checked and balanced an unconstitutional law.

Don't forget, Kimo, Brown v. the Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, the Miranda ruling (now under attack)...simply because a law is a law does not make it just. Healthy debate in the court system is vital to our national health.

Peace and love, my friend...things can only get better.

Posted on 08/05/10 at 17:05

I think the US is too big and I'd really like it if it broke into a few different parts. Personally I'd want to live in the Pacific Northwest, which might or might not include Northern California, although I think San Gran might prefer to remain independent.

We'd have legal weed, gay marriage, strict environmental laws, and legal bestiality.

Posted on 08/05/10 at 16:04

Politics is a funny animal. An example:

the exact same day that SB 1070 went into law here in Arizona, another one also became law, SB 1108 - which re-legalizes concealed carry for any non-criminal US citizen within the borders of this state. 1070 was greeted with great hoopla and immediate court challenges, while 1108 sailed through with pretty much zero press attention, and no court challenges that I'm aware of.

The 4th Estate gets to choose what gets the national attention span, and right now, the civil rights of homosexuals and illegal immigrants appears to be a lot sexier than gun control.

I would argue that it's not the Court in the catbird seat, but Media Corporations.

Posted on 08/05/10 at 15:03

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