To Secede or Not To Secede — That Is the Arizona Question

Once, a discussion secession would have been crazy talk.  But now it’s just another day in the new, hyper-partisan state of Arizona.

Via the Arizona Daily Star:

Pima County the 51st state?

A political committee made up of attorneys, including the former chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party, has been formed to try to get Southern Arizona to secede from the rest of the state.

Start Our State, which is asking other like-minded counties to join the effort, hopes to put the question before Pima County voters in 2012.

The concept of a Southern Arizona state – Baja Arizona – has been around for ages as a way to differentiate the region from its more conservative brethren to the north. The notion of secession has been bandied about, but there was never a serious effort in that direction – until now.

…Paul Eckerstrom, co-chair of Save Our State, said it’s not a ploy and not merely a political statement. He said the state Legislature has gone too far to the right.

In particular, a round of legislative measures challenging federal supremacy “really does border on them saying they don’t want to be part of the Union any longer,” he said.

“Well, I want to be part of the United States,” Eckerstrom said. At a minimum, he said, the drive will send a message that Pima County doesn’t want to go along with the priorities being outlined in Phoenix.

The state legislators of Arizona have been pushing a variety of bills that effectively would reject the federal government and put the state out on its own, as Jessica Pieklo has been reporting.

Arizona legislatures continue to show that they have no real interest in being part of a growingly diverse and complex national and global community. First it was SB 1070. Then it was the birther bill. Now Russell Pearce, President of the Arizona State Senate and xenophobe behind SB 1070 is proposing legislation that would allow the state to nullify federal law.

There’s a lot wrong with this measure, starting with the fundamental misunderstanding of the separation of powers. It is not up to the legislature to determine what acts are or are not outside the scope of power. That is the job of the judiciary.

It also fundamentally misunderstands the nature of the supremacy clause in the Constitution that quite clearly sets forth that when a state and federal law come into conflict federal law wins. There’s no room for “interpretation” on these measures and indeed, the framers made it clear, after the failed experiment that was the Articles of Confederation, that in order for this nation to function as a nation rather than a mere collection of independent nation-states, federal law would be the supreme law of the land.

So, Arizona “secedes” from the nation, Pima secedes from Arizona.  Is there then a neighborhood that will secede from the county?

I can guarantee that neither “secession” acts would actually happen, however.  There would be way too many American flags with stars to readjust.

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92 comments

LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

Thank you for article.

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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

Thank you for article.

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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

Thank you for article.

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Valerie Vanorden
Valerie Vanorden7 years ago

Arizona will have to pay more for its water if it "imports" it from a "foreign" Country, i.e. the Colorado Red River which feeds the Big lake that waters AZ (Platt?). Anyway they should think of THAT!

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joe M.
joe MARTINEZ7 years ago

Buzz: Arizona's leadership is way to dumb, it's obvious what you pointed out has not occured to them, otherwise the ridiculous thought would not have been uttered. Yet again they have such ego that perhaps they convenced themself capable of carrying it out. I believe the Texas genious Rick Perry, came up with idea first, forunate for them some imports working with NASA pointed out the facts and dropped the idea. Only for the dumbest of them all Arizona pursuing the idea.

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Buzz Anderson
Buzz Anderson7 years ago

Whoops, EXCUSE ME , I meant Arizona.

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Buzz Anderson
Buzz Anderson7 years ago

Actually I'd like to see them secede. THEN ALL federal money would be removed. All military bases, all federal buildings, all of anything supported by federal tax money. THEN put up a border fence (see how they like it) with border patrols to keep out undesirables.

Any and all federal contracts would be cancelled.

Then see how fast the republican party disappears forever from New Mexico when the unemployment hits fifty percent or higher.

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Nate C.
Nate C.8 years ago

Like the bumpersticker says - "Stop bitching and start a revolution!".

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Claude H.
Claude Hines8 years ago

It amazes me that people continue to throw around the 'S' word when displeased with the politic general. Though it will certainly won't happen now, part of me almost wishes some state or county could succeed so that others of those threatening to do so could see the results: sky high taxes, little to no services, their children drafted to protect their borders, and potential attacks from opportunistic nations seeking a stronghold in America. They'd quickly come running back to the benefits and security of our 'more perfect Union'.

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Julie W.
Julie W8 years ago

Surely this is a time for people to come together, not break apart?

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