"As for old school secession, it's not the sort of power that is granted or earned. It's taken, along with the consequences. The practical nexus is confiscation of federal property and loss of revenue and compensation for repatriation and so forth. It's said "stealing their money" is the only crime DC takes seriously. Secession would be seen as robbery by DC, especially those states comprised largely of federal lands. No vilification would be enough, no remedy too extreme." - Ol' Remus, in The Woodpile Report blog, December 4, 2012.