S.F. should declare independence

I don’t like Arizona’s new immigration law, because it increases the arbitrary authority of the polizei, as William Grigg explains. (The real solution to the immigration problem is Ron Paul’s: Build the border fence, and cut off all tax money going to immigrants, unless they become citizens.)

But San Francisco’s announced boycott of Arizona is ridiculous. They’re both part of the United States, so trade among the states, and cities, is regulated by the federal government.

If S.F. really wants to send a message, how about declaring independence and becoming a separate country? Then they could also put a trade embargo on Arizona/USA, banning all exchanges of goods and services, and prohibiting travel to and from S.F. And they could crown Nancy Pelosi as their Queen.

They certainly have the right and authority to declare their independence. As the Declaration of Independence put it:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

So, S.F., put up or shut up.

— John Seiler

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  1. D. Parry
    D. Parry 27 April, 2010, 21:58

    Do you consider yourself a journalist?

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  2. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 28 April, 2010, 06:57

    I would rather live in a world where Nancy is queen of SF than one where she is speaker of the house.

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  3. Admin
    Admin Author 28 April, 2010, 17:57

    Yes, Mr. D. Parry, I consider myself a journalist. But aside from serious reporting, which I do on the main section of CalWatchDog.com, on the blog I also sometimes do spoofs and larks. This blog section allows that. For our forebears in that mode, I suggest you read H.L. Mencken, Mike Royko and G.K. Chesterton, all of whom combined serious journalism with, in more jocund moments, whimsy.

    As Mencken put it, “One horse laugh is worth a thousand syllogisms.”

    If you don’t get my jokes, then I apologize.

    — John Seiler

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  4. D. Parry
    D. Parry 29 April, 2010, 10:08

    Welp, I guess I took that too seriously. I think O’Reilly’s constant hit pieces on SF have made me oversensitive :/

    And, since we’re on the same page now, I agree with you that all the boycott threats are worthless. A bunch of political posturing that ultimately won’t be followed through to the point of making any difference.

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