Alaska is crippled with federal intervention. Bureaucrats sitting in DC have no clue to what is happening in Western MD or VA, let alone what the real situation is in AK.
Alaska is a Republic waiting to happen if it wasn't for the native welfare population.
ConservativeInPA is the correct post. The premise that the Federal govt can own or sell a soveriegn state’s land is false.
Why should Alaska want to stay in the US? I’d be shocked if it was due to the Entitled. But nothing should surprise us anymore.
>>>Alaska is a Republic waiting to happen if it wasn’t for the native welfare population.<<<
I live in a village which is about 70 percent Alaska Native. Actually, everyone is on welfare up here, in all races, but out of all the racial groups, the Natives are better off than anyone else. Let me explain.
Lots of people work in some sort of government job (I’m a teacher in a public school, for instance). That’s true both out here in the Bush and on the road in places like Anchorage and Fairbanks. However, the Native population has something that will save them in the long run. I’ve lived here most of my adult life, so I know what I’m saying.
There is a long tradition of subsistence living among the Native population (and among those of us living with them out here). This means that people spend a significant part of their year harvesting, hunting, and processing game animals and berries. A lot of families here catch hundreds of salmon, a moose, a bear, buckets of berries, and other fish that happen to come into the net, and that takes a lot of hard work. Yes, there is a lot of welfare, too, but there is still a tradition of hard work and productive effort. All of my students go to fish camp. In addition, we have to grow a lot of our own food in home gardens, and learn to store it for the winter.
You see some of this on the road, and a bit of it in the cities, but out here, it’s a powerful force in the lives of the people who live here.
What the Native people tell me is that they expect welfare to disappear one day, along with a lot of the outsiders looking for oil and gold. (They would like me and my family to stay, though.) If the welfare vanished, a lot of my Native neighbors would shrug their shoulders and go on with their lives. This is very different from what I’d expect from the welfared populations in the Lower 48 cities, but it’s about what I’d think would happen in Appalachia and the South, too.
A lot of us expect that Alaskan Republic to appear one day anyhow. Selling us off to the Russians or the Chinese would be war, and the Natives would be fighting along with everyone else. And since a lot of Natives grew up with guns, many are wicked shots; some of my students graduated to become snipers in the Army Rangers fighting in vague locations in the Middle East.
Be well down there. Keep warm.