Then at least you're being honest and fair about it.
Assuming here though that you include the Founding Fathers in that category, since by definition they were indeed secessionists of the first order.
@AnglRdr - see the link included in my original comment. Washington Post article from 2007. To be clear, Dean himself did not necessarily have secession plans any more than Rick Perry ever did. However, Perry's been excoriated for stating that he was aware of a material movement within his state. Dean actually hosted Vermont town halls where real live votes on the topic of secession were taken. Well prior to his subsequent and somewhat short turn as a darling of the Democratic party.
My point, then, is simply that this topic has been around in many shapes and forms far longer than most realize - particularly in our increasingly soundbite-ridden world. It pays to do the legwork and understand the complex larger picture. As opposed to throwing out words like treason soon as they spring to mind, thus showing oneself to be at best a fool or at worst willfully ignorant.
I am confident that those of you labeling as traitorous anyone who would speak of secession have never voted Democrat. Never pulled for Howard Dean during his arc across the political landscape. And that each of you are incensed with the sheer lunacy long held close by that fabled Confederate bastion of Vermont.
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