"Thanks to my Viagra pusher, I'm no longer a spaghetti pusher."
Because of the recent independence referendum in Scotland, secession is all the rage.
True, the Scots didn't actually secede, but nothing entices people to hop on a bandwagon more than a failed cause, which explains the swelling popularity of racism, heterosexual marriage, and Confederate flag mudflaps.
Both in Europe and even here in the United States. With that subject in mind, the Reuters news agency commissioned a poll and found that one of four Americans would be open to secession. One in four.
Astonishing! I would have bet that the proportion of gibbering morons in this country was at least 50%.
Former Congressman, Presidential candidate, and Patriot Ron Paul just added to the growing controversy when he said there should be more Secession movements in The United States.
If you're going to revive the Colonial-era practice of randomly capitalizing nouns, then you really ought to go whole hog and use the elongated "S" too. So what I think you really meant to say was, "Former Congreffman, Prefidential candidate, and Patriot Ron Paul juft added to the growing controverfy when he faid there fhould be more Feceffion movementf in the United Ftatef."
For me, the subject of secession is one that I have researched off and on for years. That said, it is one thing to research it, and quite another to put your name on a book that most will consider controversial at best, with some even considering treasonous.Are you considering treasonous? Talk to your doctor, and ask if treasonous is right for you.
Especially considering that I worked in the White House and Pentagon.Big deal! Chuck Norris worked in the Octagon, and you don't see him seceding.
As I was writing the book, my wife, family members, and a few close friends implored me to at least use a pseudonym instead of my real name.Of course, they beg him to use an assumed name whenever they go out in public together, sooo...
But Mr. MacKinnon's family and friends do bring up a good, if self-serving point, so let's pitch in and see if we can help. What pseudonym do you think he should adopt when writing his Jefferson Davis/Alexander Stephens slash fiction? Needless to say, it must be something terse and manly to go along with his tough guy persona. I'll get the ball rolling:
The floor is open.
I considered the suggestion but quickly cast it aside. Exactly because of the controversial nature of this book, I very well may pay a professional or even personal price for writing it.Less than we'd pay for reading it, but at least we don't have to go around calling ourselves Ram Spunkhammer.
I understand that but felt strongly that my real name had to go on the bookAlong with that legally required warning from the Surgeon General.
...for two reasons. The first is that precisely because of the precarious situation of our nation and the world, I felt it important to try to begin a dialogue that would resonate with those who cherish traditional values. The second reason is that because of my professional and real-life experience, I felt my name might add some credibility to the effort.
Spuds Mackenzie is right!
So, how does one begin a discussion regarding the highly controversial subject of seceding from the Union?
Usually by spitting a stream of Red Man juice into an old coffee can you keep under the podium.
Well for me, it began about four years ago at an outdoor café at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. I had gone there to catch-up with a friend recently back from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like me – and tens of millions of other Americans – he was conservative and a strong believer in traditional values.That sounds...vaguely familiar. Heyyyy, it looks like Steely Manlance went to the Willard to meet his own fictional creation, Ian Wallace! ("What sets the main character Ian Wallace apart is that he is fanatically conservative and proudly wears his strong belief in Traditional Values on his sleeve.")
Also like me and those tens of millions of Americans, he felt our nation was turning its back on the values he held dear.
Specifically, the value of pi, which has been mucked up by liberals who've added too many decimal places in an effort to be inclusive.
Sorry, you were saying?
Sorry, you were saying?
Our discussion then – and now – centered on the question of what any citizen can do when a growing number of our leaders seem determined to erase our borders, do away with the rule-of-law, expand the nanny state into a theology, bankrupt or punish American companies in the name of fighting climate change, do away with the 2nd Amendment, censor or demonize the history of western civilization and replace it with multiculturalism, give every kid a trophy and turn them into wimps, continue to support the completely unfunded public-employee pensions which are destroying the financial solvency of cities, counties, and states across our nation, add billions every day to our $17 trillion in debt, destroy our health-care system to substitute socialized medicine, vilify fossil fuels, and attack all faith in God with a particular and unhinged bias against the Christian faith.
It's a good thing Wrench McMuffin was talking to one of his own fictional characters, because any real person would have faked an attack of diverticulitis halfway through and wriggled out the Men's Room window.
The more my friend and I talked about the problem, the more we wanted and needed to talk about possible solutions.Like considering treasonous?
As we did, over the following months, we expanded our group to include a constitutional law expert, two former military officers, two former diplomats, a minister, another special operator, and experts on banking, energy, farming, and infrastructure.You guys realize the Fire Marshal isn't going to let you all ride in the A-Team van, and that some of you are probably going to have to carpool to the secession.
We quickly decided that in least in theory, the solution which made the most sense was to draft a blueprint to leave the Union. Hence, The Secessionist States of America. A book which outlines the why, where, how, and when such a new republic based on traditional values could be established.Sadly, the name "Republic of Gilead" was already taken.
We are fully aware that the three states offered up as the land mass for this Traditional Values espousing nation along with its new name, will be very controversial to some. For that reason and others, the book will either be ignored, censored, or vilified by most on the left and most in the mainstream media.
Yes, if there's one thing our media hates and shuns, it's controversy.
Knowing that, I simply want those who believe the downward spiral of our country is irreversible, to know that an option to preserve their values does exist. That some folks with a great deal of real-world experience felt it was their responsibility to at least explore the possibility of secession.Despite how useful their real-world experience has been in concocting a fake-world, it doesn't extend to branding, so Dab Crunchbucket and his co-conspirators are still looking for a good slogan to sell their concept. Right now it's between "Treason is the Reason!" and "Secession: Even Without Slaves It Could Work!"
It was a controversial solution about 240 years ago and it is no less so now.
I hear it occasioned a spot of spirited debate about 153 years ago, too.
We're still working on it...
Until that also is taken from us, it is still our right as Americans to discuss what many people truly believe to be our last hope.Heed the words of Grout Turtlewax!
We're still working on it...