By Gordon Clanton
Random snapshots and potshots in the backwash of the election ...
Following Barack Obama’s re-election, voters in 20 states, mostly in the South and West, have filed petitions to secede from the union.
Of course, it takes more than a petition for an actual secession to take place.
“I think it would take a civil war, frankly,” said Georgetown law professor David Cole. “If I’m not mistaken, this was tried once before.”
Meanwhile, San Marcos columnist Kirk Effinger has endorsed the idea of redrawing the boundaries of San Diego County to create a new, separate North San Diego County. Effinger adds that the only thing better “would be to figure out how to secede from California.”
A Florida policeman was forced to retire after telling other officers he would volunteer to assassinate President Obama. He said that if an order came to kill Obama, he “wouldn’t mind being the guy.” He also said he didn’t care if a nuclear explosion killed everyone in the Northeast because they supported Obama.
Across the country, gun sales are booming in the wake of Obama’s re-election, especially for semi-automatic assault-style weapons and for high-capacity clips and magazines.
In Del Mar, after 20 children were killed in Connecticut, a grassroots group and the Del Mar City Council petitioned the Del Mar Fair Board to stop the gun shows that have come quarterly to the Fairgrounds for 22 years. The board declined to end the shows, citing the money they bring.
Looking ahead: The greatest potential threat to our local quality of life is the One Paseo proposal for a 1.4 million square foot shopping center along Del Mar Heights Road, just east of Interstate 5. To see the future of I-5 at Del Mar Heights Road, just visit I-805 at La Jolla Village Drive — some of the worst traffic in the region. It would be like race and fair seasons all year long. And during race and fair seasons it would get worse.
One Paseo traffic would choke Carmel Valley, but also would spill west into Del Mar Hills/Heights/Terrace and into the city of Del Mar, dramatically increasing travel times to and from homes and businesses in all these communities. New congestion on Del Mar Heights Road would increase police and fire response times for residents of Del Mar Hills/Heights/Terrace, who have Del Mar addresses but who get police and fire protection from the city of San Diego.
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Gordon Clanton teaches sociology at San Diego State University. He welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.