The American Conservative movement has a serious problem. One of its greatest strengths is also one of its greatest weaknesses. Unlike the Democrat/Liberal/Marxist movement Conservatives are not willing to sublimate themselves mindlessly into whatever the Republican Party apparatchik decide. Well, within certain parameters.
Conservative are more akin to cats, than dogs. Getting them all to agree on something is like trying to herd cats. Because they are so splintered in what is at the top of their agenda, it becomes a nightmare getting them to mount a concerted push to get anything done. This is profoundly complicated by the fact that a very large segment of the conservative movement are what basically amount to the mirror image of the rank and file Democrat/Liberal/Marxist movement.
What these two groups have in common, is that they both hold irrational, illogical and highly prejudicial opinions and beliefs. Both groups consistently insist that they are ardent supporters of the US Constitution. Yet so many of them suffer from the exact same malady. That being, that they either haven’t actually read the US Constitution or that they think of it as a buffet, where you pick the parts you like and ignore the parts that offend you.
The US Constitution is not a buffet, if there is a part of it you do not like, then do the work required to change it, ignoring it or rejecting it is not an option. The Founding Father’s and Framer’s of the United States Constitution knew that the document they produced was not perfect. Which is why in their amazing wisdom, they included Article 5.
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
When the United States of America declared its Independence from England, it did so by creating a Union of several states. The original Articles of Confederation called this a Union in perpetuity. When the Articles of Confederation were abandoned, this was cited as one of the fundamental justifications for doing so. One explanation was that the Articles of Confederation simply failed to protect the vital interests of the individual states. Others argued that indeed the new Constitution inherited perpetuity from the language in the Articles and from other actions done prior to the Constitution.
The reality of secession is and always has been this. Neither the Articles of Confederation, nor the Constitution of the United States of America ever included a article or clause allowing member state to secede from the Union. Nor is there or ever was their an article or clause allowing for or permitting any combination of several states to throw another state out of the Union.
James Madison, who is universally accepted as the “Father” of the United States Constitution aggressively contended that while the right of the people to throw off a corrupt or tyrannical government was retained by the American people, the right of secession by any state or assemblage of states did not exist.
As if, what many refer to as “That War of Northern Aggression” had not sufficiently settled that matter enough, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in 1869 secession was not and never was a constitutional option. (Texas v. White, 74 U.S. 700; 1869) So liberals, get over yourselves, California is not seceding from the Union, and conservatives (if you can even remotely be called that) get the fuck over yourselves as well, you are not throwing California out of the Union either.
This is one of those irrational, illogical, ignorant, highly prejudicial and just plain stupid opinions that show that a significant percentage of so called conservatives are in reality, no different that their liberal counterparts. Every bit the tyrannical fascist political ideologues as the left, with the only true difference separating them, being the side of the political divide they believe themselves to be on.
You don’t like a particular ruling made by the SCOTUS. Good for you. Hell there are quite a few I don’t like. Your option is not to ignore those decision or to secede from the Union. Your option is spelled out clearly and succinctly in Article V of the United States Constitution. A document that you claim to respect and defend. Before you can actually respect or defend it, it just might behoove you to, you know, actually read the damned thing. Or, perhaps what you need isn’t merely to read it, but to invest some time in taking a reading comprehension class.