Rich Galen

Alexandria and Arlington should sue to reclaim their status as being separate from the rest of Virginia (the Supreme Court has never ruled on the Constitutionality of the retrocession) and, because the Federal Government still has that law on the books that they don't want us, we become … an independent country!

We have everything we need to be our own country.
We have an army - the Pentagon is here.
We have an airport - Ronald Reagan National.

We have a port - Alexandria was always a port city.

We have government - the Alexandria City Council is easily the equal of any legislature in any two-bit third-world country on the planet.

We have traffic problems and budget deficits.

We have police forces and court systems.

We even have the Patent Office.

And don't tell me that we fought a whole war over whether Virginia could secede. I'm not asking for the whole thing. Just one small county and one even smaller city. They might not even miss us.

As Patrick Henry said so eloquently in 1775: "Give me Liberty or Give me …"

Oh. Um … Never mind.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at