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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Will Banning U.S. Currency Be The First Step For South Carolina Seceding (Again)?

In the past we've mentioned that gay tourists, not to mention people who are uncomfortable with racism, bigotry, and far right extremism, are thinking twice before booking vacations in South Carolina. Some South Carolina legislators are so contemptuous of the state's tourism sector that they're ready to make it next to impossible for tourists to come there even if they want to.

South Carolina isn't requiring passports or visas yet, but the first state that seceded from the Union is looking into banning the use of American currency now. Welcome to the South Carolina Republican Party!

South Carolina will no longer recognize U.S. currency as legal tender, if State Rep. Mike Pitts has his way.

Pitts, a fourth-term Republican from Laurens, introduced legislation earlier this month that would ban what he calls “the unconstitutional substitution of Federal Reserve Notes for silver and gold coin” in South Carolina.

If the bill were to become law, South Carolina would no longer accept or use anything other than silver and gold coins as a form of payment for any debt, meaning paper money would be out in the Palmetto State.

Pitts said the intent of the bill is to give South Carolina the ability to “function through gold and silver coinage” and give the state a “base of currency” in the event of a complete implosion of the U.S. economic system.

Or maybe they just want to market the state's tourist attractions to descendants of the sudden German emigration to Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil in the late 1940s.