In a recent viewpoint (Irreconcilable differences among us, Nov. 27), columnist and professor Walter Williams calls for allowing the breakup of the United States of America. Claiming irreconcilable differences, he suggests states should be allowed to peacefully secede.
Regarding the conflict caused by the secession of the Confederate States, Williams quotes H.L. Mencken saying, "... it was the Confederates who fought for the right of people to govern themselves." He fails to mention they were also fighting to deny millions of southern people their basic inalienable rights, including freedom and self-government!
In another time talk of secession would be considered extreme and unpatriotic. Today such sentiment seems to reflect the growing need by some to put their views and desires ahead of their country and those who pledge allegiance to the United States of America.