Much ado about nothing – the Cheesehead Edition
Ian Millhiser complains. I listen:
Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Republican Party’s Resolutions Committee voted to endorse a proposal expressing the party’s support for “legislation that upholds Wisconsin’s right, under extreme circumstances, to secede.” A stronger version of this resolution passed one of the state GOP’s eight regional caucuses in March. That version provided that “we strongly insist our state representatives work to uphold Wisconsin’s 10th Amendment rights, and our right to secede, passing legislation affirming this to the U.S. Federal Government.”
10th Amendment Resolutions aren’t anything new. Personally, I couldn’t care less if a state issues a non-binding resolution demanding that the federal government act within its constitutionally delegated powers.
It appears that the resolution was passed with the support of only 25 out of almost 2000 members. I’d say it’s unlikely that the Republican Party of Wisconsin or any Republican Party will embrace secession as part of its platform, despite Millhiser’s statements to the contrary.
As far I’m concerned, the only right to secede is through the natural right of revolution. No state has the constitutional authority to unilaterally secede and never did. Some people never got the memo.