Re: “Some ain’t just whistling ‘Dixie’ east of the mountains” (The Nose, 11-30).
The Nose failed to note that it would not be just a Washington state issue for Eastern Washington to secede from Western Washington and, I assume, establish a new state. Congress, specifically the Senate, would have to approve.
Why would a Democratic majority allow a 51st state that would most likely elect two additional Republican senators? The population of Eastern Washington may not make much of an impact in the U.S. House, but two GOP senators would in the Senate.
But aside from reality, sticking with the tongue-in-cheek intent of the The Nose’s article, one has to assume that Eastern Washington has more guns and ammunition, as well as hunters who know how to use them, while Western Washington (particularly King County) has more Starbucks. Any martial ability that could be mustered at all in Western Washington would have to be utilized to ensure that rural Pierce County does not defect (or at least be a serious insurgent threat to the Emerald City).
So to sum it all up, a legal and peaceful separation of Eastern Washington from Western Washington would never happen until hell freezes over (even less likely due to global warming).
But if the federal government chose to remain neutral, the might of right and self-determination would be in the favor of Eastern Washingtonians (along with the ability to enact and defend that right – likely with some assistance from many in rural areas of Western Washington).