Monday, April 21, 2003

Is there a secessionist tide swelling in San Francisco?

Andrew Sullivan notes G. Pascal Zachary's slightly less than tongue-in-cheek whine that their ought to be independent San Francisco in an article in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle. Zachary notes that German computer programers who oppose the Bush administration's stance in Iraq feel plenty at home in San Francisco.

"[Yet,] the views of these Germans -- and my own views of official American power -- are heretical in America, highlighting the wide gulf between the iconoclastic Bay Area and the rest of the United States. This gulf, always present, seems more intensely felt now. There are no American flags waving on my street, or any of the streets I pass each morning when I bring my children to school.
Zachary goes on with the usual Leftist whine: no one outside of the Bay area appreciated the vomit-ins, everyone else in America is a money-grubbing capitalist, only the Europeans understand us, bla, bla, bla, bore, bore, bore. . .

But let's take Zachary seriously for a moment. The thing about a San Francisco secession movement is that there are nice parts to San Francisco that the decent people who built them shouldn't have to give up. I say the lefties should get smart and ship themselves to Europe. Why should poor Mr. Zachary have to suffer being a disaffected San Franciscan when he could easily be a disaffected Frenchman? I can't think of any reason.

I used to joke with friends about the "Go directly to North Korea" fund, a project where the deserving would be offered a one-way ticket to their dream state of a nation. But since North Korea is such a hard sell, even to budding Stalinists, why not just ship them off to France and Germany? We just want them gone, right?

Hey, it could work, ;-)

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