My State of Tennessee should start the process. A conservative-dominated legislature with a Republican business-background governor are in-place.
A previous allegedly-Republican governor (who was apparently chickified by a dominating wife) loaded the State Government with social programs in order to remain un-celibate. The current State of Tennessee Legislature should eliminate TennCare (Medicaid on steroids) and eschew any involvement with schools. Further, they should eschew participation in any form of welfare of any kind. Further, they should eliminate any State of Tennessee estate taxes and remain income-tax free. All federal dollars with their strings attached will be foregone.
Tennessee, then, will likely lose its population of moochers, gimmees, free-loaders, illegals and others trying to ride in Tennessee’s wagon. What will remain are producers, wagon pullers, liberty-lovers, and contributors to a society of people seeking what used to be known as “The American Dream”. Tennessee will lose the takers and in short order gain many self-sufficient contributors. It’s marketing, folks. Pick a target market and consciously target them. Reposition yourself. Those riding in your wagon will leave for (for them) greener pastures in other states.
Could be that the extreme-west of Tennessee (the Memphis area) will exempt itself from this and remain liberal/progressive/moocher/gimmee/riders. If so, that ten percent of Tennessee should opt to remain part of the United States, while the eastern ninety percent secedes.
There is precedent for the United States being non-contiguous, Hawaii and Alaska for example. A breakaway nation, however, would likely be more-successful were it contiguous and with seaside ports. Might, then, be helpful if, say, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas with possibility that Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky at a minimum would join the party. Others which are possible include Indiana, West Virginia, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. All would be contiguous, and would provide Atlantic, and Gulf ports and border with Canada. Non-contiguous might be Alaska. Obviously if these states joined in, their major cities’ and college towns’ populations would exit stage left to relocate to remaining USA progressive havens.
Just a tad more than a century-and-a-half ago a great American opined that a nation divided against itself could not stand. Today, the nation is divided with the national government on one side and America’s productive People on the other. Some 40% of the People know that and 60% don’t. The former are wagon-pullers while the latter are wagon-riders. The overwhelming majority of the national government is comprised of union workers loyal to union bosses and career civil-service-system administrative bureaucrats completely insulated from firing by the POTUS or anyone else. Death or a better offer are the only ways to get rid of them. The six hundred or so others are motivated by (a) re-election or re-appointment, (b) increasing personal wealth, (c) satisfying the addictive craving to spend other people’s money, and (d) wallowing in power and prestige. Somewhere in that six-hundred-ish group are four or five individuals not having a Pinocchio moment vis-a-vis their oath of office.
The judiciary is smart and self-serving. Thus, they know themselves to be beholden to the civil-service and union people. We the People have no shot at undoing what the national government has become. Nothing remains to be done except to leave.
Many good people — ceteris paribus, albeit chronologically-gifted — , I fear, would be left behind by a secession movement. Having been unconstitutionally forced to pay into and participate in Social Security and Medicare their whole adulthood, their opportunity to be self-sufficient in their later years is toast. It could well be that very few people over age fifty would move to or remain in the seceded territory. This problem might be solved or ameliorated by having a new national taxing system in the new nation state.
I would propose that a new version of the Declaration of Independence be written embodying the same principles and predicates, that a new national Constitution be written, using insights into what led to the emasculation of that of the United States, and that it start with no amendments. As, then, to a new national taxing system, I’d propose implementation of what is now HR-25, the FairTax, albeit with a rate of, say 10% to reflect a much-smaller-and-strictly-limited national government. Given that businesses and corporations don’t in reality pay taxes, (Their customers and stockholders do in higher prices and lower dividends) the FairTax‘s having only an inclusive sales tax on new goods and on services and no income or payroll taxes on either individuals or businesses, will result in the new nation being a magnet for manufacturing from both the remaining United States and the rest of the world.
Written and published from Satellite Beach, Florida overlooking beach and Atlantic Ocean with the sound of waves crashing the shore.