Truckin’ to Treason: The Hot Air of Secession


A white Ford F-250 pick-up rumbled through town, a Confederate rebel flag on a pole behind the cab; on the rear bumper were a pro-life and three Anti-Obama stickers, two of which could not be revealed in a family newspaper.

It wasn’t a lone wolf protest; several cars, trucks, and homes in the area sport similar flags and messages. During the summer, when a 4-wheel Jamboree and a Monster Truck rally are held at the local fairgrounds, attracting thousands from a multi-state area, many trucks fly rebel flags, insignia, and political statements. During the annual eight-day fair at the end of September, vendors sell all kinds of items with the Confederate battle flag, most of them made overseas.

The rebels say they are fierce independents. But, being a “rebel” doesn’t mean you can complain about paying taxes, while also denying climate change and evolution. Nevertheless, those flying rebel flags, although they may be disenchanted and alienated from the mainstream, are still part of traditional mainstream America.

They may claim they oppose “Government” (also known as “gummint”) intruding upon their lives, but think it’s perfectly acceptable for government to make rules about the people’s sexual practices and to invade women’s bodies.

They also believe government has the duty to create laws to require national identification for every citizen and establish restrictive measures that weaken the rights of all people to vote, especially those who aren’t White establishment Republicans. When the U.S. invaded Iraq for reasons that were questionable at best, chest-thumping jingoistic “rebels” were the strongest supporters of military action. But, they remained largely silent when liberals and social activists spoke out about soldiers not being given adequate body armor, and military hospitals not giving the wounded adequate treatment. They have also remained largely silent about the one-fourth of America’s homeless who were combat veterans.

These pretend-rebels gave standing ovations to the PATRIOT Act that established numerous ways the government could violate citizen rights granted by the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 14th Amendments. When the federal courts ruled parts of the Act to be unconstitutional, the “patriotic rebels” complained about activist judges.

They listen to conservative talk radio and Fox News, all of which bash the mainstream media, but don’t recognize that the very sources they turn to for information are also mainstream media, owned by establishment multi-millionaires.

They willingly agree with Mitt Romney, even in defeat, that 47 percent of Americans are takers who “want stuff,” but don’t recognize that one of the biggest takers who wanted more “stuff” was Romney himself, who ran a venture capital company that existed to take over other companies. Even fellow Republicans during the primaries called Romney not a venture capitalist but a vulture capitalist.

In a local newspaper, which daily opens a full page, sometimes two full pages, to dozens of one or two paragraphs of grammatically-scurrilous rants from local citizens, are variations of President Obama being a Kenyan-born Muslim who is leading America into Communism and self-destruction, their thoughts mimicking the screed of conservative talk show hosts, pundits, and bloviators.

But the rebel who drove the white F-250 doesn’t live in the Deep South; this is in the rural red center of blue-state Pennsylvania, home of the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg, the turning point of the Civil War.

The Civil War-known as the War Between the States among Confederate sympathizers-is still being fought. Almost 25,000 Pennsylvanians have now signed petitions to have the Keystone State secede from the union.

More than 700,000 citizens upset about the re-election of President Obama in the past two weeks have signed petitions calling for their states to secede. The states with most of the signatures are Red States, paralleling the former Confederacy, which receive far more in federal dollars than their citizens pay. They are also the states where numerous polls reveal at least one-fourth of all citizens don’t believe in the separation of church and state. Maybe the U.S. can convince Iran and Saudi Arabia, theocratic dictatorships, to annex those states.

However, Texas, with more than 120,000 signatures, leads all lists of petitions. It would be tempting to send the Lone Star State back to Mexico. They get Texas, and the U.S. gets Acapulco, Cancun, and Mazatlan. In 2009, running for re-election, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, trying to burnish his ultra-conservative credentials, had even suggested that not only did he align himself with right-wing extremists but that Texas could become so mad at the federal government they might consider seceding. But now, he says he disagrees with the citizens who ignorantly claim the 10th Amendment gives them right to secede.

Perhaps it’s because Gov. Perry realizes that the only way a state can secede from the union, according to the Constitution, is not by having a majority of citizens petition the White House or even having an election, but only by an armed insurrection, something that didn’t work in 1861-and won’t work today.

Nevertheless, there is one possibility for those who so willingly signed secession petitions, mouthing off before they understood the penalties for treason.

For more than four decades, these conservative pretend-rebels told everyone who disagreed with them and protested American policy that they were un-American and unChristian. Not knowing even the basics of the Constitution or political philosophy, the conservative “rebels” called protestors for social justice pinkos, Commies, and traitors. They drilled into the public discourse the mantra of “America-love it or leave it.” By their own actions the past two weeks, it may now be time for a few hundred thousand to pack their bags and take their own advice.

[Walter Brasch proudly calls himself a social activist who, although he often disagrees with government actions, believes in the right of the state to exist and to protect its citizens from all forms of terrorism and stupidity, both foreign and domestic. His current book, which looks at the American Revolution and the Revolution of the 1960s, is Before the First Snow, available at and]


Walter M. Brasch, Ph.D.

News & Notes December 21, 2010

President Obama will sign the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell into law tomorrow morning and, yes, Lt. Dan Choi has been invited to the ceremony.  Now that one vestige of the Clinton era is gone its time for DOMA to go.

South Carolina seceded from the union 150 years ago and last evening a bunch of white people still missing slavery celebrated at a ball in Charleston.  We should have simply let them leave (along with a few other states).  If SC did it again we’d say “don’t let the door hit you in the arse on your way out.”

Republican Senators continue stalling on the START Treaty as they try and line up votes to defeat this important piece of our national security puzzle.  Between refusing to fund our troops at war, protect service members from rape (yes there ARE real dangers for our women in service who get raped all the time BY STRAIGHT MEN), along with the DREAM Act which would allow children of undocumented immigrants a path to legalization through service in the Armed Forces the GOP has gone soft on national defense.  Miss McConnell is now trying to say the treaty is being jammed down their throats.  Its been in the Senate since March.  They tried this flimsy excuse on the HCR bill too after deliberating a year.  The Senate Minority Leader should clear his throat and learn how to swallow.

Explain to me please how the Republican Party justifies not funding medical care for 9/11 responders?  First President George W. Bush screwed them by falsely stating the air at Ground Zero was safe even though his Administration knew otherwise.  Now as these heroes begin to suffer terrible chronic lung diseases there’s no money to cover their care?  $3 trillion to go to Afghanistan and lose a war was a sufficient response but not money for their medical care?  Next thing you know they’ll refuse to also fund VA services for our troops.  Oops, they already did that.

Gov. elect Corbett is in transition to office and his team is full of campaign contributors.  Color me shocked that our corrupt campaign finance system does this…

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is the latest GOP heavyweight to chime in with his revisionism of Southern history.  These white supremacists are in panic mode trying to erase their sins of slavery.  It won’t pass muster Haley.  

Today is the first official day of winter.  Since it began several weeks ago can we get spring early too?

Texas Governor Calls For Secession

Texas Governor Rick Perry attended one of the lobbyist sponsored, Fox news promoted tea parties and committed treason.  He called for Texas to secede from the union over the policies being espoused by President Barack Obama.  My initial reaction is this:  don’t let the door hit you in the arse Texas.  This is the state which brought us George W. Bush and Senator Phil Gramm after all.

It is treason to speak of such things and Gov. Perry violated his loyalty to this country and his status as a citizen to call for his state to secede if things do not change.  Perry wants a wake up call?  Arrest him for treason and send HIM to Gitmo as an enemy combatant.  Give him a taste of those torture procedures he supported.  Deny him all his rights as a citizen, you know, the right to due process, habeas corpus, the right to legal counsel, to face witnesses and contest evidence, etc which he chose NOT to protest against the last eight years.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann can have the adjoining cell at Camp X Ray.