“But actual secession would require approval from the state Legislature and Congress, and thats not a realistic possibilityfortunately for the secessionists.”
Seems a bit bass-ackwards, IMO. The essence of secession is that societal neighbors cannot agree on components of governance, and the best course of action is for them to exist apart from one another. A process that requires the party desirous of secession to gain the agreement of the party that does not want the split seems...just wrong.
For my part, 150 States carved out of the current 50 would be a great start. That would go a long way toward returning some semblance of ‘balance’ to this Grand Experiment.
And prohibit these state legislative conferences where states actually TRY to equalize their laws. It monkey wrenches the entire labs of democracy concept if the state laws are all intentionally made to be identical, plus allowing them to be more dictatorial than the average would be if they weren’t harmonized. If the laws are all the same, no one gets to vote with their feet, and dollars, so there’s no incentive to govern least or with the consent of the governed.
So how do you work your marriage?
Your wife gets the house unless she agrees to let you in every say? She gets the bank account unless she agrees to let you have a check?
We have judges rule on divorces because if there is no agreement, there can be no default separation that is fair.
We require agreement between states and with congress because with secession there is no default separation that is fair.
“For my part, 150 States carved out of the current 50 would be a great start.”
I’m in 100% agreement with you ... that dilutes the power of each US Senator for starters. I also think the number of House members needs to quadruple at a minimum ... I’d prefer more.
The Constitution stated, what, no more than 1 rep for every 30K people in their district? Washington advised 1 Rep for every 40,000 during the Constitutional Convention. 1 Rep for every 700K people is mildly silly if one wants an accurate representation of the general public.
We are rapidly hitting the point where 1 Rep per 1M+ people will be the norm. That is an awful lot of power to give to one person to say nothing of the fact that a substantial number of people are not getting their views accurately represented in the House.
I think the House was frozen at 435 on purpose though ... these megalomaniacs have known what they’re doing for almost a century now. It’s sick.