The USA is a federation of 50 States and additional territories altogether composed of many nationalities, (alongside over 550 sovereign nations conglomerated into a Federal jurisdiction called the Indian Country and administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs).
Sentiments supporting state sovereignty are considered nationalist, as those with such sentiments oftentimes incorporate national separation from the USA federation and it's federal government.
"25 States Considering Sovereignty Legislation"
2009-02-20 by Carol Forsloff [http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/267681]:
I walked into the Louisiana Purchase, a gift shop, today on Front Street in Natchitoches, Louisiana to buy some fudge and learned from the manager there are 20+ states looking at sovereignty from the Union since the passage of the stimulus bill.
She had a customer who had come into her shop and announced it and gave her a website to check out. The shop manager, knowing I am a journalist, handed me a slip of paper and asked me to find out what was going on. So I did.
Perhaps the website given to me was misspelled because what I found was a list of ads and nothing having to do with secession. I did, however, find a number of other inquiries, including one on Yahoo wanting to know, as I did, about this secessionist movement.
The website on Yahoo gave the answer of where to look next.
One might think the movement started in the South, but it did not; it is New Hampshire leading the pack. Apparently for the past few days this has been on talk radio, which shows how far television has to go to catch up apparently with the old-fashioned forms of communication. But the Internet, not to be outdone, has websites devoted to the cause of sovereignty, whom right-wing talk radio uses as justification for talk about secession.. Here is one about the State of New Hampshire with Bill HCR 6. It is apparently just one of a number of states that has decided it could break away from the Federal government.
These are some of the reasons cited by some of these states and their proposed legislation:
“I. Declaring Involuntary Martial Law over any of the 50 States
II. Any kind of "domestic Draft" (Obama's Service Corps)
III. Any kind of required service of Minors (Youth Brigades)
IV. Surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to any corporation or foreign government. (UN Millennium Declaration, which Obama supports, North American Union/SPP agreement, UN Carbon Taxes),
V. Any act regarding religion; further limitations on freedom of political speech; or further limitations on freedom of the press. (Fairness Doctrine)
VI. Any attempt to further restrict the the Right to Bear Arms."
One website lists the States that are sovereign or are interested [http://www.mrstep.com/politics/az-wa-mo-nh-ok-claiming-sovereignty/] – Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington. States planning/motioning toward claiming sovereignty are said to include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
Some folks are asking for people to join right now in support of the movement for state sovereignty.
In examining the list of states, it appears that many are not in the South after all, so this new secessionist movement is likely to bring a different sort of coalitions together. Suffice to say that states’ rights vs. that of the federal government, that was the debate at the time of the country’s founding, and again during the civil war, remains part of the serious discussion surrounding Obama’s proposals and the stimulus bill this week.
This type of behavior begins whenever there is uncertainty, and likely won’t amount to much. The fact, however, that this is a time of economic uncertainty and political divisions with many legislators involved in the initiation of these bills should make the movement of particular concern.