Wow. Talk about irony. The sign on the border fence of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) was plain as day: “You are now leaving the USA.”
Hmm. When and where have we heard this before?
That would be here, on December 24, 1860. And the where is in this statement from the state government of South Carolina titled the “South Carolina Declaration of Secession,” also known as “The Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.” It reads as follows:
“We, the People of the State of South Carolina, in Convention, assembled do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, That the Ordinance adopted by us in Convention, on the twenty-third day of May in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and eighty-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and also all Acts and parts of Acts of the General Assembly of this State, ratifying amendment of the said Constitution, are hereby repealed; and that the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of “The United States of America,” is hereby dissolved.”
In other words, even as the statues of various Confederate leaders are being torn down, Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone is declaring itself to be the New Secessionists – the successor to the Confederate States of America.
No word yet who is the Jefferson Davis or Robert E. Lee of CHAZ, but rest assured they are in there somewhere, replete with the delusions of grandeur.
In this case, while the CHAZ leadership clearly wants to provoke a fight, I’m beginning to think President Trump should send in the troops – and just surround CHAZ. No one goes in, and no one goes out. CHAZ demands the police be abolished – so they can go without police. They want free health care? So they can provide it themselves with no outside help from the foreign country that is the USA. They want free college education? They can feel free to give it themselves to each other. Surely someone in there has a computer, books and a college degree that qualifies them to teach for free. They are now a foreign country, so no need for Seattle to be supplying them with tap water or electricity – they can do it themselves.
In other words? They want to be left alone – so leave them alone.
But left alone or not, make no mistake. CHAZ is the new Confederate States of America. They may hate the statues – but the CHAZites are effectively using the CSA as a role model.
Ya can’t make it up.