As independence movements within the USA gather impetus, Republicans and Democrats seem to be attacking each other. About 20 per cent of Americans want a dissolution of USA. Alaska is one of the states trying hard to dissociate itself from the USA
THE DECLARATION of Independence states: “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.” The rights of people of the United States of America to dissolve the Union are written in this document. Many states such as Alaska, Ohio, Michigan, Vermont, South Carolina and Hawaii are taking advantage and planning for their independence. It would not even be a bad idea if states or different ethnic groups were to dissolve the ties to a country that has become a failure.
According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, the Zogby Poll conducted a survey in which 20 per cent of American people are of the opinion that states should peacefully secede from the United States of America. The same poll released the result that 44 per cent of those who favour peaceful secession from the country are of the belief that the system including the two party system is broken beyond repair. In October 2006, CNN broadcast the poll of the Opinion Research Group, which found that 71 per cent of the American believe that the system is irretrievably broken. Vermont, Alaska, Ohio and other states were forced to join the Union via various forms of persuasion.
Alaska was the centre of a referendum in 1958 in which the choices were to be a state within USA become a Commonwealth; remain a territory or become an independent nation. The year 1958 was at the height of the Cold War and Alaska had natural resources that the elite governing the empire called the United States of America wanted.
The governing elite in the country manipulated the results by granting the right of military personnel and their families, who were stationed in Alaska to vote even though they were eligible to vote in other states. They also denied the right of the indigenous people of Alaska such as the Aleuts the right to vote by writing the ballots in English instead of their native languages. A referendum of that nature would nullify the legality of Alaska as a state and would allow another referendum in which independence from USA would be an option.
The reasons for the independence of Alaska outweigh the possibility of maintaining a Union with a sinking ship, which has become the United States of America. The governing elite could not accept the founder of the Alaska Independence Party Joe Vogler speaking at a conference of the United Nations.
Vogler disappeared under mysterious circumstances after saying: “I am an Alaskan, not an American. I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.” It is surreal that the US governing Elite would try to repress the concept of independence for Alaska although I do not think they had anything to do with his disappearance.
Alaska has been used and abused by the governing elite for one thing only, its oil and natural gas. It, in return, has been treated like a second class citizen by an empire and the elite whose reason for existence is being a parasite. It has been forced to depend on the central government of Washington for its basic needs with receiving little in return. Alaskans want the right to educate their future generation as they see fit and not as Washington dictates. It wants the right to maintain and bear arms as stipulated in the Constitution of 1787 and the laws of Alaska.
Alaska has a culture that is distinct from the rest of USA. It’s a state rich with diverse culture that has been subjected to racism inherent in both the Republicans and the Democrats who live in the continental USA. Alaska’s culture is based on the rights of the family and the right for people to be held accountable for their actions or lack of them. It extends the rights of accountability to elected officials without the need from big government interference.
The rights of states including Alaska to secede should be recognised by a society that has promoted the right of secession in the world. Long live the concept of an independent Alaska as well as any other state that wishes to dissolve the ties that bind, but have become too painful.