West, By God, Virginia!

 

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West Virginia State Motto

 

That is how West Virginians often refer to their state, to make sure people don’t think it is merely the western part of Virginia.  Formed in the midst of the Civil War by Virginians who had no desire to leave the Union, West Virginia has always been a fairly defiantly independent type of place.  Now, it may be eventually getting a lot bigger:

The governor of West Virginia, in a stunning move that echoes the Civil War-era creation of his state, on Tuesday invited Virginia counties upset with Richmond’s liberal, anti-gun turn to shift borders and join his state.

“If you out there, no matter where you be, Virginia or wherever you may be, as an individual or a business or whatever, West Virginia is waiting for you with open arms,” said Gov. Jim Justice.

“Our state supports personal freedom, and we value the Second Amendment and the rights of the unborn. Come join us. You will never regret it,” he added at a press conference in Martinsburg, West Virginia, 13 miles from the border with a Virginia county where some officials are open to joining West Virginia.

He also said that West Virginia embraces President Trump, who is despised by many federal workers in Northern Virginia that have a big impact on statewide elections. “We should be thankful for all he’s done,” he said.

 

Justice’s statement endorsing secession was an unexpected but ringing endorsement of legislation before the West Virginia legislature that would let Virginia border counties join the state.

It has become such a hot topic along the border that the White House and President Trump are paying attention to it, according to sources.

 

Go here to read the rest.  Part of me thinks this is funny, and part of me thinks this is very ominous.  The “grind the boot in the face” legislation of the slender Democrat majority in the Virginia legislature symbolizes that on the Left in this country politics often seems to boil down often to an attempt to take freedoms away from those they despise.  Free Americans are not going to put up with this forever, and civil unrest is brewing in Virginia.

After the Spanish Civil War, Franco’s brother in law, who had relatives murdered by Republican forces, Ramón Serrano Suñer, was asked why the Spanish Civil War occurred.  He thought about the question a bit and finally said, “We simply couldn’t stand each other any more.”

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. It seems to me that the driving principle behind so much of the modern Left is that there is no end to the lives and rights of others I’m willing to sacrifice so I can have anything I want. When I look at what the Left promotes and how it promotes it, I can’t think of anything that contradicts that appraisal.

  2. Article IV, Section 3
    “New States may be admitted into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.”
    It is more than possible.

  3. “More than possible”

    If the legislatures of Virginia, West Virginia, and the U.S. Congress all agree, it’s possible.

  4. Of course, the federal Constitution allows it, but you would also have to see what the respective state constitutions say. And what five of nine black-robed masters say it says.

  5. nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States,

    At the federal level, it depends on what “forming a State” means. Clearly, if a new State is created (or existing one lost), the federales need involvement. But that is not the proposal – if the Va counties take W Va up on its offer, there would be no new state, and both Va and W Va would still exist. The question then is does “forming a State” include changes the boundaries of existing States? Under Art. III, the Fed courts have original jurisdiction over controversies between the States, but that would require the respective States to invoke intervention. If they both agree, then no federal action would be required. There is nothing I can locate in the US Constitution that would give the US Congress or any other branch of the fed gov the authority to regulate state boundary disputes, unless “forming a State” includes changing the boundaries of existing States. While that might be a stretch of the language, the Five of Nine have been known to stretch Constitutional language significantly more.

  6. Congressional approval would not be needed. This is a territory swap between two states, and not the creation of a new state. The fairest way to do it would be by a county by county referendum of Virginia counties seeking to join West Virginia. Of course the Virginia legislature, as presently constituted, would oppose it. This could be a powerful election issue in the fall. If it were to be accomplished, I think it would be repeated across the country, with red hinterlands in New York and Illinois for example, wanting to break away. Stay tuned.

  7. If they both agree, then no federal action would be required.

    Precisely. I think there would be lawsuits aplenty over this, but I think the Supreme Court would be reluctant to get into this thicket.

  8. Speaking of the Spanish Civil War & people unable to stand one another.

    Blue states need to be careful, Red States hold more ground & have a tremendous lead in firearms.

    I doubt a shooting war would ensue, but if it did, it would make Sherman’s March seem like a dinner party.

  9. “If it were to be accomplished, I think it would be repeated across the country, with red hinterlands in New York and Illinois for example, wanting to break away. Stay tuned.”

    If the governors of Indiana and/or Iowa and/or Missouri made a similar offer to downstate Illinois residents, they might be surprised at how many takers they get.

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