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November 12, 2005

An Eastern Washington Plea for Secession

A conservative in Richland writes as follows:

Can you tell me names in the state government that are interested in Eastern Washington becoming a state? I live in Eastern Washington and have for most of my life. I agree with the idea. It is time that we represent ourselves. The people of King County are far different then we are. They voted for Kerry, Gregoire, Murray, Cantwell, a new stadium, new gas tax, and support gay marriage and late-term abortions. We are the opposite and deserve to represent ourselves.

Did you know that the State of Eastern Washington would have a population larger than 13 other states? It would also have a land mass larger than 14 other states. This is an idea that deserves some consideration. I for one will support this idea. If you can help me get in contact with like minded people I would appreciate your help.

I believe that the people on the west side of the state should support this idea. After all, the Dems would own the state. They could tax the citizens into the ground, and then keep all the money to spend on the west side. Think of it. A liberal utopia that could be run by the likes of Jim Mc Dermott. What a great place to live!

My reply:

The last time a state was divided was in 1863, during the Civil War, when West Virginia seceded from Virginia because West Virginians wanted to stay in the Union. Short of another civil war, I think you're out of luck. I don't know anyone in Olympia who would take your idea seriously, and if you found someone who did, no one else would take him seriously.

Oh, yes. The voters of King County did NOT vote for the baseball stadium. We voted no and they built it anyway. The rest of your history of our votes is correct.

Respond to this reader--or to Bruce.

 
Posted by Bruce Ramsey at November 12, 2005 10:06 PM



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