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The bright side of dark days

Observations from the Edge
Robert T. Nanninga
Coast News
July 11, 2007


Recent news emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, has recently brought to mind a bumper sticker prophecy from the 2000 Presidential campaign. "Vote for Bush and Hasten our Demise!," seemed both funny and sad at the time. We can now add accurate to the list of adjectives.

Those of us who voiced early and steady opposition to all things Bush were right to distrust a man who revealed himself to be a a secretive and dishonest, warmongering simpleton. Still, there is no comfort in "I told you so."

As a California secessionist, I can't thank Cheney/Bush Administration enough for making the case for secession and California independence. Six and a half years of corrupt cronyism and calculated incompetence, it is clear the best interests of California residents are no longer a concern of the federal government.

Make no mistake, the Bush administration has been a catastrophe and will continue to be so as long as there is history to be recorded. Through it's actions and inactions, Team Bush is systematically destroying the North American federation of states from within. Clearly in contempt of we the people and the very idea fair and just governance, economic policy, along with environmental, foreign, domestic and trade has been relegated to the control by and for multinational corporations favored by Team Bush.

Constitutional crisis anyone?

The federal government is broken, as demonstrated by the Bush administration's Machiavellian schemes of world domination and the inability of the Senate and the House of Representatives to do anything about it. And don't even get me started on the Supreme Court. Completely out of sync with the real and present needs of Californians, federal governmenace is now a hindrance to California's quality of life and a drain on our financial resources.

With still a year and a half to go in the current term of Team Bush, and with no assurances Dick Cheney will relinquish his role as leader of the, not so, free world; the best thing for California and Californians to do is take the necessary steps to prepare for the chaos resulting from the crumbling empire. With warmongers and Republicans bankrupting the federal government, an independent Republic of California seems like a rational and pragmatic option.

When looking for a precedence supporting the right of California to secede I needed only look to the work of Thomas Jefferson and the preamble of Declaration of Independence. "...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."

It's clear the United States to which the State of California joined with in 1850 no longer resembles the intent of the founding fathers, and that the world is a very different place, and that federal interests now run contrary to those of most Californians.

Change is coming, and Californians need to be ready to stand alone.

It's time.

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