(NationalSentinel) While Americans became hyper-polarized, politically speaking, during the Obama years, the election of Donald J. Trump as president seems to have made our divide even wider, if that’s possible.
Texas has been flirting with secession for about eight years now, ever since the most Left-wing president in our history took his first oath of office. Now that Trump has taken the White House, Californians want to leave.
But are there more states bitten by the secession bug? Like, say, North Carolina? Perhaps.
As reported by the News & Observer, there is an effort underway to overturn the state’s post-Civil War ban on secession:
A bill filed Tuesday by a trio of N.C. House Republicans seeks to drop a provision in the state constitution that prohibits secession.
Reps. Michael Speciale of New Bern, George Cleveland of Jacksonville and Larry Pittman of Concord are proposing a constitutional amendment that would give voters a chance to repeal Article I, Section 4 of the North Carolina constitution.
Here’s what that section says: “This State shall ever remain a member of the American Union; the people thereof are part of the American nation; there is no right on the part of this State to secede; and all attempts, from whatever source or upon whatever pretext, to dissolve this Union or to sever this Nation, shall be resisted with the whole power of the State.”
Voters would decide on the amendment in the November 2018 election.
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These three are among the most conservative members of the North Carolina legislature, and it’s not clear yet if GOP leaders are on board with this bill. But it does provide further insight into just how fractious our politics have become.
Without a doubt the issue of slavery drove the bulk of our political division from the 1830s on, until the Civil War began in 1861 after 11 states seceded to form the Confederacy following the election of Abraham Lincoln as president. Our political discourse today is more broad – that is, Left vs. Right – but it’s equally sharp and divisive. And what’s more, neither side wants to hear from the other about anything.
The thing is, the secession movement in the 19th century did not start all at once. It was whispered, then mentioned, the publicly debated, and then finally, when the Southern states felt they had no other choice, secession occurred.
We see the same pattern developing today, and North Carolina is the newest member of the conversation.