2008-03-02

A call for discussion on the water/border dispute

No doubt all have heard by now that our state's chief executive and legislative body have proposed re-drawing the Georgia/Tennessee border. As best I can tell, this is motivated by the drought, and is justified by the claim that the border, as is, is actually in error, albeit an error we have lived with for a very long time.

Am I the only one who finds this whole thing extremely absurd, even surreal? Often when one uses those words, they are in jest or hyperbole. Not at all this time! I like plastic.com 's summary headline on their page for this story: "Don't Conserve The Water, Move The State Line."

As the subject line indicates, this post is primarily intended to elicit discussion on this topic, so please do not hesitate to comment. I ask for this because, not only because of the aforementioned extreme strangeness of all this, but also because I have some disadvantages fighting my comprehension of this story. Namely: 1. I'm a "yankee" (originally from Wisconsin, which also has border disputes in its past, see "Upper Michigan"), 2. History and politics are not my best subjects, and 3. I just can't understand why, even if the historical justification is there, anyone can take the proposal seriously... I mean, if the border has been accepted for so long, isn't it a de facto "correct" borderline? In short, even if I ignore the absurdity and surreality, for the sake of argument, I am still very confused.

3 comments:

Adrian said...

This is an interesting topic, and there is never a whole lot of precedent for state border disputes. This is NOT like a property line dispute; the doctrine of adverse possession does NOT apply because this land is not "property" of the states. This is NOT like a county border dispute because states are separate sovereign entities while counties are administrative divisions of a state. This is not like anything except a border dispute between states. The federal government can have a role in regulating and deciding disputes, but the federal government is not the source of sovereignty.

Tim said...

I used to watch the Lawmakers teevee show on Channel 8. It was coverage of the Georgia House and Senate. Initially, I was interested in what was going on with our state government but that interest was quickly trumped by the sheer lunacy I would see on a regular basis. It was absolutely mind boggling watching these buffoons go about conducting the business of the state government. Voters actually elect these morons? The last show I watched was during the seat belt legislation. I watched in amazement as the honorable senator from Ty Ty Georgia (I am not making this up) spewed his say against the seat belt law while holding a bible in his left hand. He was actually quoting scripture as a part of his opposition to the seat belt law. I guess Jesus wouldn't buckle up. I had to quit watching after that, it was both amusing and depressing.
The state line controversy is just more of the same crap that these fools perpetuate. I am from Georgia, I grew up here, but there are times when I am embarrassed for my state.

Model Consumer said...

The ABH has an article on it today that should be instructive...