Search This Blog

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Crimea v West Virginia: Really No Historical Difference

On Sunday according to AP, "Crimeans voted Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia, overwhelmingly approving a referendum that sought to unite the strategically important Black Sea region with the country it was part of for some 250 years.."

The key part of that sentence is 'was part of for some 250 years'

The people of Crimea for the most part feel a loyalty and affinity for Russia since mostly Russians live there and was part of Russia for hundreds of years prior..

So a democratically held election took place..
One to which the west and the US specifically middle-fingered as 'illegitimate'' and to which Sec of State Kerry responded they would not recognize it and would impose sanctions on Russia as retribution..

And then something about Kerry and Obama holding their breath and sucking each other's um.. thumbs until they got their way..   

OK, don't quote us on that last part..

Funny thing though..  Did you know something very similar took place 150 or so years ago and involved us..  America?

Yep.. and we're not even talking about Texas..
You see once upon a midnight dreary..  Oops... wrong intro..  

Once upon a time..  Spring 1861 to be more precise, there was a US state named Virginia who was loyally part of the United States.  

And even when a sister state named South Carolina seceded from the Union back in December, 1860 because she couldn't stand being part of the US and the thought of a Lincoln presidency was too bleak a future to bear, voted to leave..

This act was followed in January 1861 by a few other southern states..

But not beautiful Virginia.
No, she was loyal to the Union at that moment though there were rumblings within..  If there was war between the North and those newly seceded states, what would they do?

Ultimately Lincoln being the conniving politician he was sought war. Its just he did not want history to say he started it, so he successfully manipulated the South into firing the first shots of the war on Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861.

So on May 23rd, Virginia's legislature voted to secede as well..

Problem is, the vote wasn't fully representative of all Virginia.   Many did not want to break free of their deep and profound bond to their nation..  Their home..
~ Where the Wheeling Conventions took place.. May & June 1861

Specifically 50 counties in northwest Virginia...  They wanted to remain Union..

So, what to do?

Well like any democracy, it was taken to a vote, known specifically as the Wheeling Conventions, held in May and June of 1861.  

And those people, wishing for better or worse to live under the Stars n' Stripes instead of the Stars n Bars voted to secede from Virginia and rejoin their beloved country..

Brings a tear to one's eye doesn't it?
And within two years, the Union opened its arms to West Virginia officially making the secessionists from the Confederacy a US State on June 20th 1863, the 35th state in the Union..

And no one around the world, not even Virginia itself protested this act nor threatened sanctions or military engagement or any of the blustery oratory nonsense occurring presently toward Russia and Crimea..

One hundred fifty years ago, a small territory of 50 counties were allowed to choose on their own via democratic action their political future..
~ Special '35 star' US Flag to honor West Virginia's admittance into Union

And the people overwhelmingly identified themselves more with the nation they were once part of than the nation they would be entering..  Americans simply wanting to be part of America again..

And the nation which benefited from such action has conveniently forgotten its history and wishes to stomp on another small territory's democratic expression of deciding its national identity...

As the famous 'Church Lady' from Saturday Night Live's better and more funny days would express..

"How Conveeenient..."
America.. such a wonderful, beautiful nation.. and run by such nincompoops..

We'll end with this little nugget and apologies ahead for those who feel we're dumping on the President..  Its just hard sometimes to hide our dislike for his governance...

Or lack thereof..

Both news quotes are from Reuters:
March 1, 2014:  "President Barack Obama's national security team met on Saturday for an update on the situation in Ukraine and to discuss potential policy options, a senior Obama administration official said. 

The meeting came as Ukraine asked the United States and other key members of the U.N. Security Council to help safeguard its territorial integrity after Russia announced plans to send armed forces into the country's autonomous Crimea region. 

Obama did not attend the meeting, but he has been briefed about it by his national security adviser, Susan Rice, and his national security team, an official said."
March 15, 2014:  "President Barack Obama's national security team discussed the Ukraine crisis in a session at the White House on Saturday after Secretary of State John Kerry's return from talks with his Russian counterpart in London.

Obama did not attend the meeting but was being briefed about it and other developments involving Ukraine, said Laura Lucas Magnuson, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council."

Wonder what could have been more pressing?
Or we could be wrong..