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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dear South Carolina: You Fucking Lost

In honor of SC's secession:

[A] bloc of Southern states that once were essential to any Democratic majority—from Wilson to Clinton, from the onset of World War I to the defeat of Al Gore in 2000—is no longer. Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina: The Democrats now can lose every one of these states in a presidential race and still win handily. Obama just did. The “Southern strategy” is gone.

Both parties’ wooing of the Deep South proved enormously beneficial to many states, such as Alabama, that began to split away from the Democrats in the 1970s and today are wholly alienated from the Democratic Party. Alabamans receive $2 in federal spending for every $1 they pay in taxes; this dramatic imbalance is an artifact of a dysfunctional U.S. Electoral College that encouraged the leaders of both major parties to court Southern states.

With the South now politically unhinged from the process of deciding the presidential election, calls for secession are the first evidence of the new panic on the Right. Facing the specter of more liberal Supreme Court justices and a political logic that will slowly extinguish political incentives to deliver federal aid to the Southern states, extremists in the region have resurrected a 19th century strategy. Playing the only political card they have left, they are threatening to exit the nation.

It's interesting that the calls for secesh today come after a free and fair presidential election based on the Constitution they claim to respect.  And in SC's declaration, they refer to Jefferson's, but fail to note that we rebelled against a government in which the colonies had no representation, in direct contrast to SC's electoral votes, Representatives in the House and equal suffrage in the Senate, not to mention their own functioning republican government provided for under the Constitution.

Even funnier is they complained about nullification (which they themselves tried in the 1820s) by states like Vermont:

The General Government, as the common agent, passed laws to carry into effect these stipulations of the States. For many years these laws were executed. But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution. The States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, have enacted laws which either nullify the Acts of Congress or render useless any attempt to execute them.

Buncha a whiny fuckers, never seem to get the hint.

ntodd

December 20, 2012 in And Fuck..., Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink

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