UPDATE: We just received this note from the author Roger Strukhoff who writes:
“It was an April Fool’s story from a few years back — thus the anachronistic public figures — that got re-posted by a berserk back-end server this week with the current date. The story has now been killed. I’ve mentioned this a few times at my twitter site and to people who’ve contacted me. Sorry for any confusion.” -Roger Strukhoff
An article by Roger Strukhoff posted Tuesday on his website claimed that the North Dakota legislature voted over the weekend to “declare its independence from the United States, in a measure that passed both state houses over the weekend.”
The article went on to quote world leaders and Governor “John Hoeven”, claiming the Governor will sign the measure “which creates a new nation to be called The Dakota Republic”.
We wouldn’t have spent a minute sharing this piece of blatant disinformation with you if it weren’t for the e-mails we received asking about the veracity of the claims, and the 9,383 reads the article has got in just 24 hours.
The good news is, it turns out that this article was originally written as an April Fool’s Day post several years ago. Due to a server issue, the old article re-posted yesterday with a current date. So no disinfo here, just a Gremlin running loose in Mr. Stukhoff’s machine!
We regret not contacting Mr. Stukhoff directly and flushing this out for the benefit of our readers.
For us, the problem was that the word “satire” appeared no where in or on the article written by Strukhoff. And a cursory web search about North Dakota’s imagined “secession” for the quotes from the world leaders Strukhoff cited, showed no results other than direct links back to the author’s own story, with the current date.
And unfortunately, after the accidental re-post, the Strukhoff article had been posted at the Daily Paul, the SHTFplan forum and on other sites. Clearly Liberty-minded folks are enthusiastic about the potential for states to assert their sovereignty and shared the article in hopes it was accurate information. Our goal was to protect the integrity of those fine sites, and to shine a light on the article as not being accurate in order to prevent further dissemination of it on other quality alternative media sites.
As we all know, the option for states to secede from the stranglehold of an increasingly tyrannical Federal government is one of the last-resort remedies for Americans who yearn to be free. It is therefore a serious topic that ought not be marginalized, April Fool’s Day being the single exception!
We are grateful to Mr. Roger Strukhoff for contacting us and clearing this up. We are relieved to learn the article was indeed intended as satire.