Forget trying to change the U.S. government. How will Cascadians ever be able to vote over the powerful Texas oil robber-barons & the Christian Right South? How can we ever stop the US Forest Service from facilitating the rape of our forests, when the rest of the U.S. is mostly deforested already, and the U.S. economy is *anchored* by the home building industry, which literally depends on subsidized clearcutting of our forests? Why should we be exporting the wealth of our land and the skills of our people for the benefit of the criminals in the District of Columbia (aptly named after that early exploiter)? Seattle, Portland and the other Pacific/Cascadian population centers are quite unlike the rest of the "US-Americans." Our people are predominantly pro-environment, pro-human-rights, and not interested in the establishment of a US-Christian empire based on fossil fuels and military domination. We're educated, willful (in every sense of the word!), strong, connected (politically, ethically and technologically). We all know that the Pacific Northwest region is special, and that people who live here are unlike the rest of America. Let us recognize that overtly!
Cascadia is a term that has often been used for this region, but I believe our region also extends further south, perhaps as far as San Francisco. It is not strictly Oregon and Washington and Northern California, but the coastal regions of those "states." Thus I term it Pacifica. Alaska might be considered part of the region geographically, but Alaska seems to be firmly on the "Right bank" in US politics. Western Canadian B.C. is certainly part of this region, but I could not say if the people of B.C. would be interested in joining us.
Let us secede. Let us recognize that this region is being economically and culturally raped by the rest of the U.S., and put a stop to it. Let us establish a true American nation, one that is not a superpower through military domination but rather a world leader through cooperation and fair trade with the rest of the American nations - Mexico, Canada, and the peoples of Central and South America; and indeed by recognizing the special role and cultural riches the First Peoples of this region still carry. We will still be Americans, but will no longer be part of the failure that is the U.S.A.
By secession, we will gain strength in our independence and self-determination. We will also weaken the U.S. war machine. We will remove our sons, daughters, fathers and mothers from their Army. We will stop freely feeding our resources to the ever-wider maw of the Eastern cities. We will take away the jewel in their crown that is our land. The time is ripe. The rulers in Texas and D.C. have their resources and attention invested in global war mongering. They're smug and contrite in their recent victories. They assume the Pacific people will just sit back and accept the Republican power consolidation and race toward the 21st Century version of fascist miltarism. Secession now, while the time is right!