The vote was 96 percent in favor of seceding and joining the country with which they were previously affiliated before the breakup.
No, not in the Crimea, in West Virginia. In the Crimea the vote to leave the Ukraine was 97 percent with an 83 percent turnout. In West Virginia the turnout was only 27 percent. Many voters were off fighting for the Confederacy. This was long before women’s suffrage. Returns from some counties were as low as 5 percent and others registered no votes at all.
On April 20, 1863, President Lincoln issued a proclamation admitting the state on June 20, 1863, making West Virginia the 35th state, followed on Oct. 31, 1864, by Nevada as the 36th, if you count the states in rebellion.
Though the government of the Ukraine was just overturned by a coup, Obama said this week, “And as I told President Putin yesterday, the referendum in Crimea was a clear violation of Ukrainian Constitutions (ph) and international law, and it will not be recognized by the international community.”
Justing pointing out some parallels in history that might give one pause in making judgment.
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”