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VENICE votes to secede FROM ITALY – by an astounding 89%! LINCOLN must be spinning!

In the illegitimate referendum department, we have the five day long non-binding vote by the city of Venice and surrounding areas to become their own republic.  Actually to reestablish itself as an independent republic!  For Venice was independent until 1797 when it was taken over by an earlier interventionist:  Napoleon (in league with Austria).

Here’s the story in the Daily Mail for your reading pleasure:

Venetians have voted overwhelmingly for their own sovereign state in a ‘referendum’ on independence from Italy.

Inspired by Scotland’s separatist ambitions, 89 per cent of the residents of the lagoon city and its surrounding area, opted to break away from Italy in an unofficial ballot.

The proposed ‘Repubblica Veneta’ would include the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and could later expand to include parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

Here’s the brains behind this effort:

Paolo Bernardini, professor of European history at the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, has been campaigning for an independent Venice since 2007. He said the city was free for around 1,100 years – before losing its independence to Napoleon in 1797 – and it was “high time” for it to become an autonomous state once again.

“Although history never repeats itself, we are now experiencing a strong return of little nations, small and prosperous countries,able to interact among each other in the global world,” he told CNBC.

“Venetian people realized that we are a nation (worthy of) self-rule and openly oppressed, and the entire world is moving towards fragmentation – a positive fragmentation – where local traditions mingle with global exchanges.”

Way to go Professor Bernardini!  The best news is that if/when Venice resumes its place among the nations of the world, they’ll probably be out of the European Union!  So take that, President Lincoln!  His ideas on forced union are heading for the trash heap of history.  And it’s about time.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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