Secession in the Crimea, Scotland, and California

President Barack Obama on Thursday said a planned referendum on the future of Crimea is illegal.

“Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government,” Mr. Obama said in a brief statement from the White House. “In 2014 we are well beyond the days when borders can be drawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”

Mr. Obama’s comments come as the Moscow-backed Crimea set a referendum in 10 days to ratify its decision to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

President Obama’s view of humanity is that citizens exist to benefit politicians; in reality, in an ideal world, politicians work for citizens, and when they fail, they are fired like any other incompetent employee. He is not the first arrogant President of the USA; as soon as John F. Kennedy was elected, he beseeched, “my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

Crimeans should be able to secede just as Scottish citizens will soon decide whether to remain in the United Kingdom. If the kingdom is not united in any country, the dissenters should secede. This was once customary in the USA; Rhode Island was created when a Massachusetts citizen, Roger Williams, became dissatisfied with the theocratic government. Massachusetts temporarily seceded from the USA during the War of 1812, refusing to send soldiers to fight. Connecticut and Rhode Island refused, too. The war was fought because the central government was controlled by Virginian James Madison, who didn’t care that the war disrupted trade between New England and old England.

Maine was a territory of Massachusetts during the War of 1812 and was angry that after the British invaded, Massachusetts refused to defend the territory. Maine responded by becoming a new state a few years later.

Texas seceded from Mexico, becoming an independent country, and decided to joined the USA to fix their finances. West Virginia seceded from Virginia to fight for the North in the War Between the States.

The USA is now the opposite kind of country, indoctrinating children each day to pledge allegiance to the federal government, like the Hitler Youth and Soviet Young Pioneers. The indoctrination continues into adulthood at most Republican Party events. The brainwashing is so thorough that it never occurs to most citizens that sometimes governments function better as smaller units. For instance, 6 of 11 rural counties in northern Colorado last November voted against exploring the possibility of seceding from the central state government in Denver.

Venture capitalist Tim Draper is likely to give Californians the opportunity to vote whether to split into 6 states. I reckon the effort will fail; instead, he should have tried to pass a law prohibiting government employees in schools from requiring children to pledge allegiance to the federal government. If it passed, California might be able to secede from the USA in about 50 years, as long as other government plots to repress independent thinking were also prohibited.

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