They’ll have to pledge their lives, because the federal government will NOT allow this to happen! Does anyone really think Washington is going to give up a huge chunk of its power, resources and tax revenue? There would be a very short and very bloody fight, and then things would be unimaginably worse.
I mean, who has modern warfare equipment stowed in their garage? Am I wrong? I wish I could think of a way this would work, but I just don’t see how it could. This is 2012; not the 1860’s.
The US Army does not have enough manpower and equipment to occupy one mid sized state in rebellion, let alone 20 or more. If you factor in defections it is even worse for FedGov.
The National Guard?
“Does anyone really think Washington is going to give up a huge chunk of its power, resources and tax revenue?”
Not to worry. In this age of instant news and instant video, not just on TV but with internet and even cellphone video, the feds would NEVEE risk a bloody crackdown on secessionist states. It would be plastered all over the 6:30 news and the Internet. Such videos would not only shock the world, they’d be great recruitment tools for fighters from all over the United States to join in the struggle against DC. In the end, the breakup would be more like Czechoslovakia than Yugoslavia. And don’t forget, Bashar al-Assad thought he was holding all the high-tech cards against half-assed insurgents. How’s that working out for him? Not too well, it seems. Pretty soon he’ll be hanging from a lampost, just like Il Duce.