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SHOULD SOUTHERNERS VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS?...

SHOULD SOUTHERNERS VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS?
It has never made much sense to me for folks to argue that Southerners ought not participate in elections because they want to be their own independent nation.  We understand the logic to it, of course.  It’s the argument of the purist, who would withdraw from all he finds repugnant, rather than work to clean up the pigpen.  But mucking out pigpens or septic tanks does require getting into the filth, but if someone doesn’t do it, then the filth wins.  This is the same zealot who would have argued that General Patton should not have used captured German diesel fuel for his tanks because it was tainted by belonging to the hated Nazis.  Such a fool would not have been allowed in Patton’s presence again.  Even so, there is much to be said for not wasting our time on the federal elections, unless that rare candidate comes along who agrees with you so strongly that you cannot resist.  Otherwise, the Spirit of 1776 should prevail:  “Re-elect NOBODY!” Having said that, we need to realize that our State races are far, far more important than the national election, no matter which State we live in, and no matter what issues are being debated. Why is the race for your state legislature more important than the race for president? Your state legislators hold the power to change the direction of this country, were they to be so educated and encouraged by you. Your state legislators can amend the Constitution to the US, and desperately need to do so – they could start by repealing the 17th Amendment would return power to the States and strip the Feds of control of Congress and the country. Your state legislators can nullify federal legislation and regulations that they believe to be unconstitutional, as it applies to your state. Your state legislators were established in their authority before the USA existed, and based upon that legitimate authority (from the British Crown and then by the People, through elections), they established the Federal government to act as a servant to the States and to the People.  But the Servant has become the Master, and only the State legislatures can bring it back under control. While few state races are likely to be honest, the level of corruption is much lower than in the national elections. ...