03 October 2007

Have You Ever Taken A Series Of Logical Steps

Secessionists meeting in Tennessee (Bill Poovey, AP, 10/3/07)
Separated by hundreds of miles and divergent political philosophies, the Middlebury Institute and the League of the South are hosting a two-day Secessionist Convention starting Wednesday in Chattanooga.
... only to end up in Transylvania?

16 comments:

erp said...

How'll Vermont survive without handouts from Washington?

joe shropshire said...

That young feller in the accompanying photo would not have been a bad likeness for James Longstreet, adjusting for age; but maybe that's just the look in the eye. Anyway, judge for yourself:

Dr. J Michael Hill, President of the League of the South (AP photo)

Confederate Generals

Peter Burnet said...

Take it from a Canadian friend. Once you get over your sense of outrage and betrayal, this stuff becomes addictive and can support endless numbers of conferences, workshops and electoral dramas. It's a lot more fun than trying to figure out Shias and Sunnis from the other side of the world.

Now, if y'all are hankering for another civil war to teach these folks a lesson, well hey, different strokes, etc. But if you want to bypass all that messy unpleasantness, here's what you do. Just have every school class in America write collective letters to their kids' classes telling them how much they love them, how they enrich their lives and how they want spend the rest of their days working together to make The Republic even stronger and freer. It'll drive the old farts nuts and make them age quickly.

erp said...

Words to live by: Keep smiling it drives the b*st*rds crazy.

Susan's Husband said...

Heh, erp. My calm demeanor in online debates has been mentioned previously. No small part of that is that I had the same observation, that for certain types of confrontational people, nothing drives them to apoplexy like remaining calm and reasonable in the face of provocation. Best of all, the lurkers think you're being nice when in fact you are twisting the knife. It doesn't get better than that!

erp said...

Yep.

David said...

Just have every school class in America write collective letters to their kids' classes telling them how much they love them, how they enrich their lives and how they want spend the rest of their days working together to make The Republic even stronger and freer.

It is the official position of this blog that the above is a joke with no connection to anything that could actually happen in a rational world.

Bret said...

Here's what we should do. Let Vermont leave. As a seperate state, they probably won't spend much on defense. So we declare war on them, invade (should only take a couple of hours to take over) and then drive the population out into Canada as refugees. Then we sell the land and remaining infrastructure to more pro-american people. Then we ask if anybody else would like to leave.

Anybody can leave, they just can't take the land with them.

joe shropshire said...

By the way, Peter, on the way back from lunch I got passed by a pack of Harley riders sporting Ontario plates. That makes it official: this Canadian thing has gone far enough. You people can either control yourselves voluntarily, or we'll have to get the law involved in it.

erp said...

Bret, you don't know how right you are!

Peter Burnet said...

Joe:

No doubt those Harley drivers were on a house-hunting trip in preparation for emmigration. Our Harley drivers don't really fit very well into our nice, polite culture based on peace, order and social justice. They are much more attracted to your rugged individualism that respects their freedom to do what they want--especially after dark. And boy, are they ever big on the second amendment!

America, this one's for you.

erp said...

We'll take them.

Where I live is a hotbed of motorcycle culture, especially Harley's. Twice a year we have hundreds of thousands more who come here for Bike Week. There's always some trouble, but no more than Spring Break or Black College Reunion (don't ask).

There are people who resent the bikers, but they're in the minority. Most of us at least tolerate them and some of us wish we had a Harley and were riding with them. The wild bunch mentality is greatly exaggerated by the media and I can report that none of them look like the young Marlon Brando.

Which would I rather have living next door, a biker or a hippie? Hmmmmmmmm?

Bret said...

I have (aging and somewhat reformed) hippies next door and they're pretty easy to deal with.

I used to have motorcycles (before kids). Motorcycles are kinda loud (especially Harleys) so I think it kinda depends on the hippies and the motorcyclists which would be preferable.

erp said...

I've not seen reformed hippies, so I'll qualify my statement. Old fashioned hippies or old fashioned bikers? Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Oroborous said...

Depends on what you mean by "old fashioned bikers".

50s bikers yes, 70s bikers no. Cheech 'n Chong - why not.

erp said...

I recognize no culture as valid after the early 60's until Reagan arrived on the scene.