If at first you don't secede, try, try againSubmitted by northstar on Sun, 05/10/2009 - 01:02
At a rally in Texas last month, Gov. Rick Perry motivated an audience to chant “secede” after landing a few solid rhetorical hits against Washington, D.C. Another notable Texan, Chuck Norris, said he’d be willing to run for president of the Lone Star State if it were to secede. Even Texas congressman and even former presidential candidate Ron Paul went so far as to say secession is not un-American.
So maybe it was Texas that gave Georgia the idea.
More recently, the issue rose during the 2008 presidential election over Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband’s links with Alaskan secessionists.
How much of a taboo is talking about past failed secession attempts? Consider Confederate Memorial Day activities and celebrations, which take place in many Southern cities. In Auburn, Ala., this year, a city councilman removed the Confederate States of America flags from rebel soldiers’ graves.
“Many people have ancestors who fought in the Civil War,” explains (Chuck) Rand. “This is a deep wound for them. They have a lot of emotional sentiment.” SP