State of Jefferson per Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution
Four times in our history counties seceded from an existing state to form a new state... most notably the western counties of Virginia, loyal to the Union seceding from Virginia and becoming West Virginia in 1863.
In California, Oregon, Washington and most "blue" states a single urban area had a larger margin of victory for Hillary in 2016, and Obama in 2008 and 2012, than they won the state by at large. This is truly governing and "taxation without representation".
If our political/media class doesn’t care about all the world crises… should we?
"They're ALL talk and no action" - Donald J. Trump.
I sadly now think know the truth and reality… the "swamp" that is now Washington. D.C. (and most western "leaders") really don’t give a DAMN about terrorism, illegal immigration, open borders, healthcare reform, national sovereignty, the debt, Iran nuclear deal, North Korea missiles, the deficit, jobs, student loans, Wall Street "bubbles", invasion by a hostile culture, or any other real issue affecting we "peasants" in flyover country. The big "crisis" is that their plans to coronate Hillary Clinton and keep the good life tax-payer "gravy train" flowing was derailed when they believed their polls (90% Hillary wins) got careless, forgot and allowed ordinary citizens to vote.
So now it’s "Russia, Russia, Russia" wall-to-wall 24/7 (evidence be damned!) as they desperately seek to "correct" the YUGE "mistake" of last November 8th. President Trump an odd choice for sure... but he prevailed, scares them much more with his truth (MAGA) than his "lies" and by the reaction of the "Swamp" reptiles (media, DemWits and Reprobates, most world billionaires, Hollywood and "the beautiful people")... President Trump’s the "crisis" NOT ANY of the troubles mentioned above!
In the unfortunate event they succeed in his ouster... they are now exposed for what they are... concerned only with their personal empires and "issues" like "Gay marriage", abortion always, transgender bathrooms and boys playing girls sports, destroying Confederate monuments, and "not rushing to judgement" on the latest Jihadi massacre… we "peasants" can "eat cake" I guess.
As the dead and maimed pile up (again), the Media/Liberal/Leftist reality denial machine ramps up (again)!
The Real Threats and Blame vs The Liberal Abstract Threats and Blame
They complain President Trump gave his "middle finger" to the Earth, but the "enlightened progressives" in the walled neighborhoods and self-righteous Ivory Towers give us "ordinary" folks, the "middle finger" every damn day, and at every opportunity!
Had Hillary only been elected (sigh): The Perfect “Progressive” World of “Fairness” and “Equality”…
Mid-year 2017 (and thereafter): In President Hillary's perfect "progressive" world, and with Global Warming (Climate Change on cold days) "crisis" looming (it gonna happen any day now, PROMISE!)... quick action to “save” the planet has been instituted in her first 100 days. As we all want to help “solve” this “crisis” (only world socialism will work!!!), we now are required by law to use monthly ration coupons (after we wait in line for several hours to get them at the Government Central Allocations Office). ALL aspects of daily life are now licensed, permitted, regulated, rationed and most important taxed! (lest we damage the planet!).
After waiting in line at the Central Allocations Office to receive our ration coupons, we get to wait in a long line again at one of the Government Distribution Centers… there we must present the appropriate coupon for our “fair share” (sure hope some is available!) of food, fuel, medicine, our monthly ration of toilet paper and other essentials as well as our monthly allocation of internet access, most required to be used to read "Dear Leader" Hillary's comments at government approved websites.
Historical Note: the 2nd Amendment is still in the Constitution… but in President Hillary's first 100 days in office she signed an executive order nationalizing all gun/ammo manufacturers (upheld by SCOTUS 5-4, with newly appointed Justice Bernie Sanders casting the deciding vote), you must now register all firearms, pay a fee, high liability insurance and then apply for your “ammo permit and ration”… which after paying the fee, has a 10 year “waiting period”… and applications have a tendency to “get lost”, then you must re-apply and re-pay… go figure.
A day in the life: After returning with your meager rations to your government approved housing (800 square feet for a family of four)… you receive a call from the MisAllocation of Resources Department… a “friendly” (but stern) voice informs you that your family exceeded its rationed number of toilet flushes for the month… which is 50 flushes, but the government required sensor in the bathroom detected 62. You explain that a stomach bug infected the family, necessitating the additional flushes. The “friendly” (but stern) voice is understanding that "such things happen", and politely explains your options: you can agree to cut flushes by three for the next four months… or you can pay the fine and/or do the required community service for exceeding your allocations.
You have a family event coming up and want to plan a party… so you use a few of your internet access hours to seek a party permit allowing additional food, drink and toilet flushes. After filling out the online from with “proper justification” a small fee is charged…your party is in two weeks, hopefully the permit will be issued by then, and food will be available. Also, while on the website, you fill another application to get a vacation license for next year and get on the waiting list (currently six months) for accommodations at the beach… you hope a room will be available before your scheduled dates… a small fee is charged. sadly, your momma, still full of life and vigor gets seriously ill and due to her age (80) she is no longer receiving healthcare coupons for medicine and hospital time (there’s critical shortage of doctors as most have left practice or the country)… but the “merciful” District Medicine Czar does offer her a “pill”. President Hillary's perfect world… Socialist Utopia… where all though miserable... it's “fair” and “equal” and the Earth is saved.
Notes and observations: “Dear Leaders” are exempt from the rules outlined above… “all animals are equal, but (socialist) pigs are more equal”.
Milton Friedman once observed… “an ant hill and/or bee hive is the perfect socialist society. The survival of the nest is prime; the individual (even the queen) lives totally for the benefit of the whole… and all ‘citizens’ of the nest are expendable”. In spite of dozens of failed attempts it just doesn’t work well for humans. We humans are individuals… and seek our own freedom and prosperity. For socialism to “work’ there can be NO individuality, not even among the leaders (the “Catch 22” of the matter IMHO). Sadly there’s just not enough totally selfless “Mother Teresas” to go around… those willing (like ants/bees) to labor and produce society’s necessary goods and services for little or no compensation (other than the subsistence rations, which all “share”)! The “fine print”: Mother Teresa’s selflessness was rooted in a deep faith in Christ… which is generally NOT welcome in socialist thinking. ALL loyalty must be to the "Collective" (STATE) with “no other gods before it”! The (Judeo) Christian’s first loyalty is to God and His Commandments… which means the Christian is always potentially at odds with the “sacred state”… thus any Judeo-Christian influence must be minimized and better yet, eliminated. In the Muslim religion, Allah and state are one in the same, with NO variations permitted! This (IMHO) explains the strange affection socialists (aka: liberals, “progressives”) have for Islam… as both desire to crush any opposition or even questioning of the “Caliphate”… ALL must kneel and worship at the altar of the “collective”. Most important, God is to be replaced by the “Dear Leader(s)”. Hava good day!
To close: the biggest risk to our freedom is to NOT VALUE IT!