Three North Carolina Republican members of the State legislature have filed a bill which would give the people a vote on eliminating a ban in the State’s constitution on seceding from the United States. The News & Observer reports:
Reps. Michael Speciale of New Bern, George Cleveland of Jacksonville and Larry Pittman of Concord are proposing a constitutional amendment that would give voters a chance to repeal Article I, Section 4 of the North Carolina constitution.
…It’s unclear if the measure has support from House leaders. Speciale, Cleveland and Pittman are some of the most conservative legislators in the House.
The Constitution of North Carolina is a relic of the military occupation of the State during the Reconstruction era – it was forced upon the people against their will and only slightly modified a century later.
Interestingly, two of the three supporters of this bill are not Southerners. Rep. Michael Speciale is from Chicago and Rep. George Cleveland is from Pennsylvania. Both served in the US Marine Corps. Rep. Larry Pittman is a North Carolina native and Presbyterian minister who self-identifies as a former Jesse Helms supporter.
So, the question arises: what in the US Marine Corps experience is turning Northern White men into Southern Nationalist Fire-Eating secessionists? Maybe we can encourage more Northerners to join the Marines and come South to fight for a free Dixie!