Here in the United States, more states talk of secession. Some don't want to leave the federal government but like in Pima County, Arizona, they seriously want to become Baja Arizona to disassociate them themselves from Phoenix who increasingly dominates their state and politics.
If that worked for them, unlikely given all the hoops to jump through, Arizona would have the Navajo nation requesting the same thing at the least if not wanting their own country as they consider themselves a sovereign nation now except for wanting federal benefits; and since Egypt gets almost $2 billion a year in aid, they might feel they'd be ahead if they weren't part of this country.
Remember in 2008 when that Russian professor predicted the United States would break apart into six different countries in 2010? Russian Professor Predicts End of US. Well 2010 has come and gone but things do seem to be increasingly divisive.
More and more states are going the Arizona route by resisting federal laws. The newest examples are everywhere, but this is a good one to get the idea of what's going on.
I suppose some would say these things will never pass. Some hope they will but supposing they do, where does that take us?
Let's just take one little example of what is really up with these proposed laws by looking at what a certain group might gain if they can, in the case of say Montana, hamstring the FBI making them only able to arrest someone if their local sheriff agrees.
Tea partiers know why they want that. They can control who that local sheriff is by elections; and if they are running a big militia that would be illegal anywhere and certainly under federal laws, with a tea party sheriff, they can create a little fiefdom that cannot be touched.
Montana had a militia group like that at one time. It called itself something like the Minutemen and refused to pay taxes. Eventually the government went after them. Their leaders were arrested and the group
City people might think who cares. Well why we should care is we would be unable to travel anywhere without unique laws wherever we went, without risks of being held up legally in those
These kinds of laws such as Montana wants and likewise other states, they will break up our country even if they don't require a war to do it. Will the federal government really let them do that, declare their own laws wherever they want? I don't see that happening but then what does the federal government do about it? Would the military stand with the president, the people, or form its own power group?
If we had a civil war here, the question would be who would be on each side of it? It's not South versus North and it's not one issue like slavery-- although it could be secession.
The issues for the tea party folks are things like only paying taxes for what they see as benefiting themselves directly. For some the issues are moral ones where they want their morality values imposed on others.
The idea upon which this country was founded, that we are a united people, this concept of one for all and all for one is not on any tea party slogan. Read their words. They have one slogan-- Me First. Followed by a second one-- we don't like that guy who the rest of the people elected as their president. They might not admit the real reason they don't like him but you listen to it for awhile and it's pretty clear to the other half the country what that reason is.
Little by little the rights of the middle class have been undermined and it has led to some of the anger even in the tea party people. The difference is which rights are they concerned about and it's again where we divide.
Right now we have the union people in most of our states finally feeling they have been stomped on long enough, been devalued and told they have no rights. Their last right to collectively bargain is now on the table. If we can't stand together, we know we fall under the rich and that's what is at stake. Another division though as a certain group feels threatened that they can stand together.
If the people don't stand up together against the increasing portion the rich have taken, who will fight for them? The legislators who have been bought and paid for? The taxpayers who don't want to pay for their kids to go to school anymore because the school doesn't teach creationism?
People don't see how these things impact their own lives and are so easily distracted by clever soundbites. A lot of money can convince a certain group of people in anything as they don't even understanding the founding principles of this country. And they won't if the dumbing down of our education system continues. We have accepted a lowering of standards in our government and the end result is it follows us everywhere on the downward path.
So people are fighting everybody and everywhere; and somebody profits from that happening. You know who that is too... but those wanting a civil war, they don't.