NB: petitioning Stalin for autonomy will fail.
That is not the story here.
The real story is, IMHO, the fact that folks are discussing this issue in public and in private, on a scale I never thought I would see.
And know that while I completely grok the WRSA commentariat’s skepticism on this topic, it is noteworthy that Americans may be more familiar with these words than I had previously thought:
…But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…
Audentes fortuna iuvat.