The storied Spanish region of Catalonia has resisted Muslim invaders, rancid kings, and even thumbed its nose at General Franco on occasion. It is known for its beauty and the fierce independence of its people — ancients settled the region long before Spain was considered a country.
There is a desire in Catalonia to once again achieve independence. The Basque terrorists who recently concluded a deal with the Spanish government that granted their region more autonomy was considered a step forward by the people, but with the huge economic troubles facing Spain, many Catalans are wondering if full fledged independence wouldn’t be a better option.
There is a vote in Catalonia today that might be the first step to realize that goal…
…”Catalonia is one of the oldest nations in Europe and the world. We have overcome all our difficulties: we have fought the military and dictatorships, and we’re still alive,” Mas said on Friday, the last day of campaigning allowed by law.
Apart from opposition in Madrid, and heading for fewer seats than he won in the last elections two years ago, one of Mas’s biggest difficulties is uncertainty over whether a newly independent Catalonia could remain within the European Union and the euro currency.
The European commission president, José Manuel Barroso, said in Spain last weekend that EU treaties required breakaway states to join the queue for membership…
The complete article is at American Thinker.
Related: For like-minded independence seekers in the United States, there’s always some leftist willing to blame racism: Burns Calls Tea Party, Secessionists Racist Without Proof
…The liberal filmmaker is also oh, so eager to throw the rare card sans proof along with his progressive peers.
National Review caught Burns talking about race and modern politics during a chat about the film “Lincoln” on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“Do you think we’d have a secession movement in Texas and in other places … if this president wasn’t African American?” Burns rhetorically asked the panel.
Note how Burns simply cannot fathom why the Tea Party or conservatives who are currently discussion secession would have a gripe with President Obama other than the color of his skin. It speaks poorly of his ability to break down issues as well as his eagerness to assign hateful thoughts to others without hard evidence to back it up.
Maybe that makes the Catalans racists?
Update: Hair Of The Dog, With Ken Burns Surprise [video]