The following is an editorial I received via email, it is linked back to its source and I am taking it at face value. It is followed by a factual breakdown of the economy of the Southern States.
States more divided than ever, NPR reports
Alan Greenblatt’s recent article for National Public Radio inadvertently makes a strong case for the secession, an idea which has solid support in Georgia (where half of Republicans favor independence) and among conservatives across the United States (with about a quarter of Republicans favoring secession). Greenblatt reports that ‘States in this country are becoming like an unhappy couple.’ He writes:
Whether the topic is abortion, tax policy, marijuana or guns, Democratic “blue” states such as California and Illinois are bound to take a different tack than Republican “red” states such as Georgia and Kansas.
“We’re very likely to have legal gay marriage in most of the blue states and some of the purple states before the next presidential election,” says Whit Ayres, a Republican consultant. “You’ll never have gay marriage in Mississippi and Alabama unless a court happens to impose it.”
Notice that the only way Leftists in New England, the Upper Midwest and West Coast can get their way politically across the US as a whole is to forcibly impose their ideas upon Southerners (as they have done repeatedly over the last century and a half). Nearly every Leftist program or ‘reform’ has been imposed over the strong protests of Southerners, who have all along wanted a more traditional and conservative society. Decade after decade of the same old political divide along cultural, ethnic and geographic lines has created hard feelings, Greenblatt notes:
People in California becoming convinced that those in Tennessee are “crazy” — and vice versa — has fed polarization not only within states but in Washington, where everyone is supposed to get together and work things out.
…Voters in different states seem increasingly convinced that people who live elsewhere and think differently are not just wrong, but unreasonable.
Why should New Englanders be able to force their views upon Southerners – or vice versa? Why should Southerners be subjected to gay marriage and gun bans or Northerners to traditional marriage and gun rights if neither group wants such things? Shouldn’t the people of both regions be able to live and govern themselves according to their values?
What is the obvious solution to this? Self-determination. It’s well past time to go our separate ways. The Union is a failure.
We truly are a nation divided. The United States is anything BUT united, this nation is as close to breaking apart as it can be, as close, or closer than the spark that set off the War of Northern Aggression.
There is one HUGE difference today, the South is not that poor part of America relying on the production of cotton to get by in the world market.
The Economic Power of The Southern States
Although GDP is not a perfect measure of economic power, the number can be used as a matter of comparison between states or in this matter, comparing southern states to other nations.
Many southerners simply cannot see themselves as separate from the union. This notion is based in part on the economic power of the current United States. No matter the fact our nation is in fiscal shambles, the current union still remains an economic powerhouse. How long this continues is a matter of debate, but as it deteriorates, the promise for a free south will continue to rise.
The image above (as taken from The Economist) using 2009 statistics, gives a comparison between U.S. states and nations of the world in economic output. If we look at this list this is where each southern state would rank (also using 2010 data, numbers displayed in millions, and world rank):
1. Texas 1,158,194 (13th) comparable to Russia
2. Florida 734,727 (17th) comparable to the Netherlands
3. Virginia 406,798 (22nd) comparable to Sweden
4. North Carolina 400,483 (22nd) comparable to Sweden
5. Georgia 396,177 (22nd) comparable to Sweden
6. Tennessee 246,669 (34th) comparable to Finland
7. Missouri 239,649 (34th) comparable to Finland
8. Louisiana 206,525 (38th) comparable to Ireland
9. Alabama 169,459 (43rd) comparable to Nigeria
10. South Carolina 158,487 (48th) comparable to the Philippines
11. Kentucky 155,734 (48th) comparable to the Philippines
12. Arkansas 102,219 (55th) comparable to Kazakhstan
13. Mississippi 96,135 (55th) comparable to Vietnam
14. West Virginia 60,491 (64th) comparable to Libya
If the newly independent south were to choose to band together in a new confederation the economic output and power of the south would be enough to rank it as the 4th largest economy in the entire world, just slightly behind Japan and China. As this site progresses I will further break down each state and look at its economics as a standalone nation. SOURCE
So … don’t tell me it can’t be done, don’t tell me it’s not feasible, don’t tell me we would starve to death and freeze. This is NOT 1861, it’s 2012 and the Southern States can do it again if they band together.
Texas could stand alone and make it quite well, and if the BS from Obama and Company gets ANY worse, I am thinking that may very well be exactly what Texas NEEDS to do.
The rest of you can join us if you’re so inclined, there truly is strength in numbers, Deo vindice.