This is a weird post.
My post of yesterday elicited such passionate comments on all sides that I felt it necessary to comment on the comments. In my usual loquacious fashion I blurted, blabbed and blubbered a bit over the limit for a simple comment. It came out more like a full rant. And then I realized that the folks I was responding to probably would not see my comment anyway (having already read that blog and moved on) so I decided to legitimize it and post it as a blog of its own. It follows below. Now I will definitely sit down and shut up......for a while anyway.
Wow. What passions I have evoked. I guess if a blogger wants comments
they need only write about politics. Tomorrow I will have to write
I usually resist commenting on
comments, but this time I feel I must. I hate to be misunderstood or
misinterpreted and I dislike being the victim of what I call crooked
It is sheer foolishness to take my remarks as attacks
on or support of either political party. (I am really an Independent anyway.) I was talking about ideas
which lead to progress. The Republican party of Lincoln obviously had
the right idea and the Dems of that time the wrong one. I don't give a
damn what name a party carries.....the name is meaningless. What
matters is the ideas they support.
One very important point which
I failed to make clear was that, as I understand it, the rotten losers
who want to secede from the USA are scattered among both the red and the
blue states. As I recall, I think even California was mentioned as one
of the states with the Secessionist petitioners.
My position (a delicious
fantasy) is clear. Anyone who wants to secede should be granted their
wish. Of course, they would relinquish their citizenship and become
illegal aliens. They do not have to pay higher taxes....probably no
taxes at all. They will escape having the dastardly Universal Health
Care forced upon them...they will be free to figure out a way to obtain
health care on their own as non-citizens. I do not know how that would
Of course, they will no longer be eligible for
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps or any sort of
government subsidies but that shouldn't bother them because they seem to
despise anyone who happens to need such crutches.
between them and the other illegal aliens in this country would be
dramatic. The current illegal aliens who generate so much furor and hatred come
here hoping for a better life. The new breed of illegal aliens already
enjoy that better life but apparently are quite willing to give it all
up because I guess they want an even better one. I am not at all sure
that seceding is the right way to get that, but I would wish them good
luck and godspeed. And maybe good riddance. I am too old and tired for
The New Yorker covers: February 10, 1975
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