We have heard a lot of talk about secession lately. Mostly it comes from the right-wing nuts who just can’t stand the fact the U.S. Constitution they claim to love doesn’t agree with their discrimination policies. They can’t stand the fact that the Constitution doesn’t allow someone to be discriminated because they are Black, Latino, Women, LGBT, Muslim, or any other of those “other” people they can’t stand.
These are the same nuts that wanted 3 counties in Colorado to secede because of the new gun laws signed into law. They look for any excuse they can find to stir up hate and discontent among voters. Besides all of that, they are the same people who claim that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by scientists who want to control the world. Every Republican Candidate in the mid-term elections side-steps the question about climate change with the lame excuse of “I’m not a scientist”. Including that great health care fraudster Governor of Florida.
Well, there is finally a group of people who want to secede from their state that I can get on board with. The City of South Miami just passed a proposal to secede from the rest of Florida. But, their resolution doesn’t just take in South Miami. According to their proposal, they want Florida’s 23 Southern Counties to join them and form the State of South Florida.
This is not about gun laws. It is not about marriage equality. It is not about voter suppression. It is about climate change and the effect it is already having on South Florida and the state’s inaction about it. The “situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention,” the resolution reads, noting that many areas of South Florida are as low as 5 feet above sea level, putting them within the range of the projected 3 to 6 feet of sea level rise over the next century. North Florida, on the other hand, has an average elevation of 100 feet above sea level, leaving that half of the state unsympathetic to their plight. The creation of a new state, it argues, is therefore necessary to “the very survival of the entire southern region of the current state of Florida.”
Something to remember about south Florida is that it contains 69 percent of Florida’s population and generates 67 percent of the state’s revenue. Even with those numbers, the state, under Governor Scott, refuses to even talk about climate change and what it will mean to south Florida. As the Mayor of South Miami said: “It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean. They’ve made that abundantly clear every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.”
The race for Governor in Florida between Chris and Scott is neck-and-neck. Scott has been asked several times about climate change and as usual he has refused to answer the question. But then, that is nothing new for Scott. Every time he is asked anything he avoids answering the question. But, given that South Miami already has seen massive flooding in parts of their city due to climate change, this is no small tidbit to overlook. It is a real problem that millions of people face.
Yet, the Republicans in Florida continue to deny the existence of climate change. Then again, if the Republicans keep their track record going, there won’t be much left of South Florida by the next century anyway. Maybe that is their real goal in the first place. Florida is basically two states crammed together. The northern half is much more “southern” that south Florida. There have been political wars in Florida for generations.
But if you look at the real issue here, the one that could help put the spotlight on just how bad climate change is getting, is to have south Florida secede. I would encourage the rest of the 22 counties in South Florida to back South Miami in this secession effort. It is their lives and livelihoods that are at stake. Maybe buffoons like Scott would see the writing on the wall. Threaten to take away all that tax revenue from north Florida, and maybe the rest of the state will wake up too. By the way, Disney World would go to South Florida.