I heard you wanted to secede. Ok… you win!

I was talking with a buddy at work, and he was telling me about this stand off. It was the usual stuff about them being armed and not recognizing the US Government. They refuse to pay taxes or whatever, and they want to secede. It’s where the social contract breaks down, and I get it. I fully get why someone would just snap on the government… especially if they come from generations of anti social anti government folk… as these types often do. These folks are always, without exception, gun nuts. Again, I get it. If you are going to be paranoid and anti-govt… you should be a gun nut.

  • Aside – I love how gun nuts feel they need to be able to defend themselves and their family against the govt… that is why they need three machine guns. You know… the govt has tanks and planes and rocket launchers and nukes.  I am not saying you shouldn’t defend yourself… you should.  I am not saying not to be paranoid of the govt, you should.  I am just saying if they want your shit, they are going to take it.

So, people decide… again for a myriad of perfectly good reasons… that they want to leave the USA. Well, kinda. It’s more like they want the USA to leave them. They aren’t going anywhere. If they did, it wouldn’t be a story now would it? Let’s take these folks, which are a perfect example of my idea. They wanted to secede. Their trailer was private property, and they wanted to be respected as private property. They wanted the US govt out of their lives, and out of their wallets. Basically, they wanted Uncle Sam off their dick. Why? That isn’t important for our purposes here.

As you can imagine, the govt saw it quite differently. So for many days, and many hundreds of thousands of dollars, and many dead bodies… we waited them out. These things happen, like Waco, and it never ever ends well. There are never any winners in these conflicts. Good news, I have the solution.

We let them secede. Good news, trailer guys, you win. You have now seceded. We won’t bother you, or tax you, or fuck with your guns. You are now an independent country. This means, you can’t use our tap water. You can’t use our roads, or call our fire department. You can’t use our electricity. In fact, you have proven yourself hostile to the United States… quite gleefully you made that point. Because we are nice, and you have been paying into the tax base, we will build a fence around you free of charge. Since you are hostile, though, if you cross that fence… especially armed… we will shoot you. Just as you are free to shoot at us if we cross into your side of the fence.

Now, the first thing you will need to do is set up diplomatic relationships with the US in order to get a passport and apply for a visa to leave your fenced area. Don’t worry, bro, we won’t block your diplomatic efforts. Your beef is with the UN, where you will need to send an emissary and asked to be recognized by them. Historically, that takes a few decades.

OH… and you can’t use our sewer infrastructure, either. Looks like you have about an acre there, is that correct? Guess what, we’ll double it! Going forward, though, you will need your own septic system, water system, electricity, telecommunications, security, fire department, and food growing and processing system.

Wait, I am sorry.  I can see that I lost you already.  Let me clarify.  You can’t go to our KKK rallies.  You can’t use our wal marts.  You can’t buy our ammo.  You can’t beat our women.  You can’t go to our Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts.  You can’t drive your El Camino on our roads. ***

   bonus tangent aside – we have this guy, Cliven BundyTruly, an honorary Texan.  He got into a tax beef (get it?) with grazing costs he wasn’t paying on Federal land.  It got bad, quick.  Like, the Fed took his thousands of cows and he came after them with guns.  When asked about the back taxes dispute, he said (i fucking swear to god this is true.  it’s too good to make up)

“Black people would be better off as slaves”.

Just… wow.  What does that have to do with taxes, land, or cattle?  Now you see why I make fun of all you assholes.  I mean, he maybe had a salient grievance against the lien.  He is a taxpayer, these are Federal (ie… taxpayer) lands.  Does he not have rights to that land, just as any taxpaying camper, photographer, or arsonist?  We’ll never know, because his rebuttal was literally about blacks being better off as slaves.  You should be Tommy Lee’s lawyer, bro!  You know about blacks and cattle right?  Yup, they’ll try and get all gay married. Can I prove he actually said that?  Well… um… can you prove he didn’t?

There it is, you won. You are no longer a part of the United States of America. Now, go pet your guns.

* btw, that picture up there?  I just googled some choice words and this came up.  I am taking it without permission.  Otherwise, they are most assuredly coming to kick my ass.  Those fellows don’t look like big fans of liberal social commentary.  It’s not exactly wise to mouth off to people like this.  If they could read, I’d be fucked… admittedly.

** if they figure out the hyperlink I put up behind their picture… I am super dead.

*** final clarification:  This is satire!!!  Does this mean I actually think everyone in Texas is a wife beating, gun toting, secessionist, rabid anti-American, inbred, illiterate racist?  Yes.  Yes, I do.

Wes says when the sesspool collapses, we’ll be the future!


seriously, what is the deal with Civil War re-enactment?

* update > this discussion really takes off down in the comments.  Comments are now closed

So, I was thinking.  December 7th is coming up, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii.  I think we should build a full scale replica of the USS Arizona.  Then, the morning of Dec 7th, we should dress up as Japanese pilots and blow it up.  Right smack dab in the middle of the Harbor.  Sound like a good idea?  Let’s dress up as grizzly bears and surprise Timothy Treadwell’s parents in the middle of the night.

On April 20th, we will gather at Columbine High School in South Denver and re-enact the killings that took place.  We’ll wear trench coats, and someone with a beard can play Dave Sanders.  He is the teacher who bled out and died while authorities waited three hours to enter the school.  We can eat food like people did back then, and stay in suburban tract houses.

I know, awesome, right?

On Sept 11th, we will make 1/3rd scale remote control airplanes.  We will set them on fire and fly them over the ground zero site into stuff.

Do you see the problem with all of this?  Do any of these look like a good idea to you?  Insenstive?  Cruel?  Sick?  You would be correct.   How is this any different from these folks who re-enact the Civil War? It’s no different, and nothing to celebrate in my eyes.  Our own country took up arms against itself.  Brothers had to fight each other to death.   This isn’t something to celebrate, nor is it something to re-enact.  How come nobody is re-enacting WW2?  Now that was an enemy worth fighting, and we won that one.  There are still people alive who lived through and fought through that.  You don’t see them hanging out in tent petting their muskets.  They fought so that they wouldn’t have to do that ever again.  It’s why you fight a war, to make shit better.

Also, why is it only the South seems to do the re-enacting?  Didn’t they lose?  Aren’t we glad they lost? Weren’t they proven wrong?  Did they not take up arms against the United States of America?  Doesn’t that make them terrorists?  Yes, it does and yes they are.

So, why are we romanticizing the civil war?  Were things so much better back then?  Nope.  Everything sucked back then.  The coffee was shit, the outfits were tacky, we spent all our resources killing off our own country, and torching anything left.  They (re-enactors… or ‘racists’ for short) seem to think that things were great back then.  It’s not just dumb, it’s offensive.  To celebrate the Civil War on the side of the South is to say that Blacks are property and the United States is the enemy.  If you are still of that mind set, I am thinking maybe you should gtfo.  Instead of re-enacting the Civil War, just buy a shirt that says “I hate black people” and save yourself the time and money of running around in a field pretending to be martyrs.

I will tell you what, confederate fans.  If you want to secede, this time we will let you.  Shit, I will help you pack.  Your values are not welcome here, nor will they be tolerated.

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