U.S. secessionists keen on Scottish independence drive

Thursday, September 18, 2014
By Paul Martin

Alan Gomez
September 18, 2014

As Scots take to the polls Thursday to decide whether Scotland formally secedes from the United Kingdom, Daniel Miller will be glued to the TV in his Nederland, Texas, home.

As the director of the Texas Nationalist Movement, a group exploring how to secede from the U.S., Miller is a little jealous of the opportunity Scots are getting.

“We’re excited that they are able to have a voice, to be able to go to the polls and voice their political will on the issue of self-determination,” he said. “We’re hoping for a ‘Yes’ vote.”

From Seattle to California, from Vermont to Key West, small pockets of Americans have long held dreams of seceding from the union. Some, like the Texas group, are serious. Some, like the self-proclaimed “Conch Republic” in Key West, are not.

Dennis Wardlow was the mayor of Key West when he went to the federal courthouse in Miami in 1982 to object to a security roadblock that federal agents had established on the only road heading into the Florida Keys. When a judge rejected his plea, Wardlow announced on the courthouse steps that if Key West was going to be treated like a foreign country, its residents would go ahead and act like one.

So the next day, Wardlow declared war on the United States, immediately surrendered and requested $1 billion in foreign aid and war relief. Wardlow said the tongue-in-cheek protest ended up taking on a life of its own. He was accused of treason. He said the FBI and CIA were looking into him. He even got some death threats along the way.

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