Thursday, October 23, 2014

The United States of Reagan?

I don't normally spend much time commenting on out of state secesher douchebags but this has some relevance to the Rob Williams Vermont secession movement. Yes, I know, they're essentially nonexistent at this point but there is an element in this story that ties them somewhat to the other douchenozzle that I've found. Right Wing Watch posted this yesterday:
Author Wants Southern States To Secede Over Gay Rights, Name New Country 'Reagan'

SUBMITTED BY Brian Tashman on Wednesday, 10/22/2014 12:05 pm

Conservative columnist and former Reagan administration aide Douglas MacKinnon is out with a new book calling for Southern states to secede…again.

While speaking yesterday with Janet Mefferd about his book, “The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country…Now,” MacKinnon called for a movement of states, starting with South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, to establish a new country that will adhere to the Religious Right’s political agenda.

Texas, MacKinnon explained, was not included in his secessionist blueprint because “there have been a number of incursions into Texas and other places from some of the folks in Mexico.”

He added that the South had “seceded legally” and “peacefully” during the Civil War, but greedy Northerners like President Lincoln “waged an illegal war that was in fact not declared against the South after the South basically did what we’re talking about in this book now in terms of peacefully, legally and constitutionally leaving the union.”

After lamenting that “for whatever reason the leaders that we’re picking are deciding not to stand firmly for traditional values,” MacKinnon repeated his view that a new country should be formed, and even proposed an “interim name” for the ultraconservative breakaway nation: “Reagan.”

MacKinnon specifically cited advances in gay rights as a reason for Southern states to leave the U.S. and create a new country.

MacKinnon strongly defended the South for its role in what he called “The War Between The States,” saying that Religious Right activists should endorse the secessionist movement as a way to “protect our faith.”
Williams, a member of the adjunct faculty staff at Burlington, VT's Champlain College, shares much of MacKinnon's loony tunes historical revisionism regarding the Civil War and President Lincoln and, similarly, Williams' new iteration of the Second Vermont Republic shares MacKinnon's reservations over the possible constitutional settlement of same sex marriage issue.

Although the Vermont Supreme Court and Vermont's legislature had settled the issue, Williams' tiny clown car group still feels that an unconstitutional referendum is available to further the cause of discrimination against lesbian and gay families. This from his website:
"(T)he Second Vermont Republic takes no official position on such controversial issues as... gay marriage. (This is an issue) for the citizens of the independent republic to decide."
That's it, Rob? To Hell with Vermont's present constitution? Civil rights in the new Vermont Republic will be up to a popular vote? What else aren't you telling us? Given the its penchant to majority rule, are you possibly making plans to have Vermont join MacKinnon's United Klan States of Reagan?

Meanwhile, as Rob schemes to shred the Vermont Constitution, his co-conspirator in an secret, outlandish plan to reconstitute a disbanded arm of Vermont governance, the Vermont Council of Censors, the rocket scientist Gary Flomenhoft has once again floated over at Rob's hate blog (no, I won't link to it) his longstanding dream to nationalize everything in Vermont that isn't nailed to your home - that means your woodlot or sugar bush (Fact: Half of Vermont's forests are local family owned), your land, and even your air. Yes, he even has a plan for your air. No doubt there'll be a tax on the meter when you top up the air in your tires at the gas station.

Having failed at creating a state bank in the last legislative session, Flomenhoft has doubled downed and proposes Venezuela-like to seize vast expanses of private property while suggesting that every Vermonter would get a cut so it's okay to steal. Hear that flopping sound, Gary? That's the sound of your new plan is making even before it leaves the gate.

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