Could the Western States Pact Become a New Country?

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Here we are again, in 2020.

Conversation has sparked again about a piece of the United States breaking off, sending ripples of speculation and conversation throughout Twitter after a very public announcement of the “Western States Pact.”

This is not an act of secession. But it sure feels like one.

In theory, the very name of this country says that we are united. Separate states were built into it from its creation, but united under one main leader, and under a united Congress, voted on by the states, to make decisions that affect us all.

How might this Western States Pact play out?

In all likelihood, this is a short lived union of allies against an overly eager president, that won’t do anything against these three states, since legally, they can make these choices.

Let it be stated, for the record, states and territories don’t technically have rights to secede.

When our country was made, there were lots of provisions for how more states could join in the future. But these founding fathers never pictured that anyone would want to leave this new beautiful Utopian country they were envisioning.

At least, any logical leadership would turn this proposal down, for a variety of reasons.

First, California produces the majority of a lot of types of food that the United States relies on, namely fruits, vegetables and nuts. When you add in Washington and Oregon, this slice of the United States would be well provided for as far as fresh agriculture.

However, for this thought experiment, I’m going to go with the fact that we clearly are not in a normal time nor do we have logical calm leadership.

I wonder if the very fact that these governors defy him will make Trump angry enough to want to get rid of them and “punish” them for their disobedience. His press conference today, and his statements about authority make it clear that he believes that he should get to determine what these states, and indeed, all the states do.

I think that any civil war that could possibly start over this secession would be over the food supply.

If the Western Pact states needed to show the nation their worth, and counter a move that is made against them, they have plenty of leverage in this nation.

  1. The Western Pact states say, “Thanks, but no thanks,” and stay closed.
  2. Trump is angry, and drops all government funding to these states (he clearly believes he has all authority anyways).
  3. These states assert their authority, and instead of bowing to his power move, they block all transport of food out of these states to the rest of the nation.

This, in turn, might be the start of a second civil war.

If federal troops came and started demanding the food be given to states, even after it was already sold to other countries, would the people of the Western Pact stand up and fight for their right to sell to whoever the leaders decide to sell to? Would people rise up in support of their right to be safe from the coronavirus before opening against their will?

No one knows how all of these will truly play out.

But a phrase has been repeated often lately, “These are unprecedented times.” Even historians, when trying to compare what this era is like are at a loss, because the nation seems to be experiencing a lot of events at the same time- pandemic, depression, and an authoritarian leader rising.

But consider this.

For the first time, leaders of the states in this union might be asked to either openly defy the president’s order or risk thousands of human lives to obey it.

I am a teacher, with two kids, recently diagnosed with Lupus, and possibly other auto-immune conditions, living life to the fullest, while managing symptoms.

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