In the United States ... almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.
Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners [about 30% and 21% respectively].
The Reuters reporter is delightfully cheeky:
"Texas has everything we need. We have the manufacturing, we have the oil, and we don't need them," said Mark Denny, a 59-year-old retiree living outside Dallas on disability payments.
My emphasis, for which I apologize, since one would have to be as insufferably brain dead as the 59-year-old Denny to have missed the irony.
Much of the secessionist sentiment is because of Obama, of course, which Reuters confirms via one of those eye-opening quotes that only an authentic political expert could conceive: "'It seems to have heated up, especially since the election of President Obama,' [says] a professor of governmental affairs ... who has studied secessionist movements."
Still, I wouldn't attribute secessionist madness to Obama alone. The same would have occurred had Hillary Clinton been elected in 2008, and indeed the same will occur when Hillary Clinton is elected in 2016. In fact the general madness won't wait; it'll commence early next year, when Hillary throws an outrageously pricey designer hat into the ring. Yet most of that madness will be but a right-wing holdover from the last century, which is only one of the many inescapable reasons why, when thought of a Hillary candidacy occurs, serenity eludes me; her political reemergence comes loaded with potentially 12 (more) years of the old and vast right-wing conspiracy shit vs. the endlessly regal, downhome Clintons. (Hillary's irrepressible hawkishness, Wall Street chumminess, unprincipled pragmatism and demonstrably wretched managerial skills are four other reasons causing me recoil, but give her just one month of campaigning and she'll give me at least four reasons more.)
But back to Obama, who, as I was suggesting, is for sure one cause of secessionist madness, but hardly a singular or even primal cause. The latter I see as modern conservatism's cryptofascistic propensity toward an all-or-nothing mentality, toward absolutism, toward total power or we-take-our-toys-and-go-home. It's a kind of authoritarian-personality madness arrestingly akin to the sectional madness of the 1850s, so its secessionist vein is no surprise.
Today's "movement" is also no brighter than that of the old secessionists. Just witness the aging dull wits who preach secession from the central government that provides them retirement security, medical care and disability payments.