Recent demands of the U.S. administration on the State of Israel in regard to new housing construction in that nation’s capital could logically produce the following fallout in our own capital of Washington, DC.
Unreconstructed sympathizers to the cause of the late secession of the Confederate states of America (1861-65) could at last regroup now, and rally around a new cause: autonomy of the states. Secession, of course, is no longer a viable issue, nor is slavery. In fact, many supporters of autonomy might be black Americans who, like many white Americans, no longer feel that the federal government is serving the interests of most citizens. Autonomy, it should be noted, has been successfully done in Europe (in Scotland and Catalunya, for example) so it should be as easy to establish in the U.S. as free and universal healthcare has recently been.
The initial project of the Autonomous State of Virginia (ASV) could be the demand that there be no new federally-sponsored or encouraged housing in Alexandria, Arlington and McLean in Virginia since such housing would almost entirely be built for employees and consultants for the federal government. Since the Confederacy had its capital in Virginia, and since it almost conquered Washington early in the Civil War (it was theirs for the taking, some argue, after the Battle of Bull Run), it is logical that the capital of the Autonomous State of Virginia be located right across the Potomac River, and that the demand to stop new housing is legitimate.
It is a little known fact that a series of condominiums in Fairlington, Virginia (sandwiched between Alexandria and Arlington) were originally constructed as housing for officers and their families during World War II. Underneath the basements of this complex, a vast series of connecting tunnels were constructed as air raid shelters as a precaution against Nazi air attacks. Now sealed (and probably unknown to current residents), this complex could serve as a virtually ready-made government compound for the new Autonomous State, safe from any attacks that might be launched from the nearby Pentagon.
Since the claims of these heirs to the Confederate States have clear historical substance, their first campaign for public attention could be a massive protest against any new housing in Alexandria, Arlington and McLean. The putative leader of this group would naturally be Pat Buchanan, formerly a candidate for president of the U.S.A., and now a logical choice to be president of Virginia. Mr. Buchanan has long led efforts to interfere with construction of housing in the capitals of sovereign nations in other parts of the world, and is the right man for the job.
Watch for the bumper stickers: “No More New Housing Along the Potomac!”