“Across the nation, the most affluent Americans have been seceding from the rest of the nation into their own separate geographical communities with tax bases (or fees) that can underwrite much higher levels of services . . . Being rich now means having enough money that you don’t have to encounter anyone who isn’t.”
— Robert Reich in “AFTERSHOCK: The Next Economy & America’s Future.”
Question: What should we call these people who secede from America? Are they patriots? — John Hayden
Fascinating complexity in the decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts upholding the Affordable Care Act!
President George W. Bush, a Republican, announces his nomination of John Roberts to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
First of all, Justice Roberts, a conservative Republican appointee, voted with the High Court’s “liberal” justices to create the 5-4 majority upholding the law. Republicans and conservatives across the U.S. hysterically called him a “traitor.” Wait. Isn’t a patriot’s first loyalty to the United States of America, not to any political party?
The frightening possibility is that some partisans no longer see loyalty to the U.S. as a patriot’s first loyalty. It’s possible that some of the more extreme Tea Party loyalists have already seceded from the United States in their own troubled minds.