The recent defeat of Scotland’s effort to secede from Great Britain is simply one of a few dozen desires by people to secede from their mother country. Nationalism, the concept that diverse people could come together as part of one nation is a relatively new concept in human history. Yes, leaders like Alexander the Great conquered different peoples, but most retained their national identify although now part of an empire. However, the French Revolution ushered in the concept of allowing peoples to come together and form a “nation.” I recall in 1954 attending college in Paris, France and sharing a dormitory room with a French student. He quickly made clear to me that he was from Normandy, that was his identity.
The people of Catalonia in Spain were told by the nation’s Constitutional Court they could not have a referendum in order to vote for secession. As for the idea of secession, how about?
1. Encouraging the people of Texas to take a fling being on their own.
2. Allowing anyone who is a member of the Tea Party to become an independent nation. That means, no Social Security, no roads in front of their home, no Health care, no attendance for their children at public schools, etc..
3. Then again, what exactly does America lose if the great state of Mississippi is no longer with us?