Former Reagan administration aide and conservative columnist Douglas MacKinnon recently came out with a new book titled The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creation a Traditional Values Country…Now.
Now, I know you’re probably wondering why you should care about what this person has to say. Well, because a move to secede isn’t as “radical” as you might think. Take this recent poll that showed less than half of the people living in Mississippi would support the United States against the Confederacy if a second Civil War was fought.
Then there’s the League of the South which has put up billboards promoting secession. Or a group of rural Colorado conservative counties that voted to form their own state last year. And we can’t forget last year when a Texas lawmaker admitted that the state legislature has actually made plans “in case the United States falls apart.”
And as a Texas resident, I can promise you there are plenty of people in this state who would support secession.
So we can’t pretend that just because MacKinnon might be some extremely far-right radical, he can have no impact or influence on Republican policy. Especially when, despite the fact that this book is clearly outrageously radical, it does encompass the push by many conservatives to have a nation based on religious rule, “Christian values” and a staunch opposition to homosexuality. Which is apparently a large part of what this book is about.
Well, MacKinnon argues that during the Civil War it was the North which acted illegally and aggressively against a “peaceful” South that had legally seceded from the union. He argues that Lincoln “waged an illegal war that was in fact not declared against the South after the South basically did what we’re talking about in this book now in terms of peacefully, legally and constitutionally leaving the union.”
Yes, the South was very “peaceful” and “innocent” when they attempted to form their own nation so that these states could continue to own and treat other human beings like pieces of farm equipment instead of actual people. How thoughtful of them.
Though in this book he apparently cites the “gay rights agenda” as the main reason why conservative states should break away from the United States and form their own nation – named Reagan.
Feel free to take as much time as you need to control your laughter.
It never ceases to amaze me how obsessed many conservatives are about homosexuals. It’s just comical. And the thing is, I’m willing to bet that not a single one of these ignorant bastards can cite one instance where gays gaining equal rights has directly impacted their lives. It’s all just some kind of sick mental obsession many conservatives seem to have about gays and their “lifestyle.” It’s just never made any sense why anyone would care. It’s all unbelievable ignorance and stupidity.
Which is clearly what MacKinnon’s book is full of.
It’s amazing to me how it’s perfectly acceptable among many conservatives for someone like MacKinnon to publicly support the Confederacy and the South’s actions during the Civil War. Meanwhile, these same conservatives insist that the Republican party doesn’t have an issue with racism.
I’m not sure how one supports a movement that was based on the desire to own African-Americans as property while claiming that they’re not racist. That doesn’t make any sense. It’s not at all uncommon to see someone in the South flying a Confederate flag and claiming “Southern pride.” Yet if we saw someone flying a Nazi flag, what would we think of them?
Yet MacKinnon, and the millions of conservatives who agree with his ideological stances on some of these issues, seem to have no qualms at all advocating for a repeat of the same tactics and ignorance we saw over 150 years ago. And somehow, in their warped minds, they’re “more patriotic” for wanting to secede from the United States because our Constitution doesn’t support their ignorance.
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