How is it treason to use a state's right to secede from the union so that the federal government cannot violate the sovereignty of the state?
I wish my state would secede from the union. I'd be better off without the socialist state stealing my hard earned and tiny paycheck, pissing away my tax dollars on failed and unneccessary programs, and watching medicare and social security slowly die, a system I have been paying into since I first started working, but will be bankrupt by the time I qualify for a payoff.
I'd trust my local government to pick up where the feds left off, in terms of neccessary state services. I'd slash the armed forces budget, most of the welfare (especially for drunks and drug addicts) and spend it all on schools and tax refunds. Then I'd lower property and sales taxes across the state and let people earn enough money to afford health insurance, and so they can save for retirement. And anyone on Social Security gets to keep it, because they paid into the system.
The rebel flag does not mean slavery to everyone. For many, it stands as a symbol of the stand against federal corruption and abuse of power. Since the civil war, the federal government has gotten much too powerful.
While I agree that slavery should have ended and civil rights were a serious concern, the federal government has done me and my entire family NO GOOD WHATSOEVER. And we are not "rich" nor "Republican".
The federal government is a bloated festering pile of slimy lawyers and lobbyists stealing everyone's hard earned income.
Edit: A thumbs-down is a poor substitute for a rebuttal. It's a lot more like whining to mommy that the mean man won an argument.