Wednesday, November 14, 2012

You wanna secede? Seriously?

I wonder if the Obama administration is rethinking that whole We the People thing this morning, now that the number of petitions requesting a state's peaceful secession has doubled from 20 to 40.

He's probably wondering, in his heart of hearts, about that whole President thing. I know I surely would be by now!

While perusing the petitions, I saw this one from the city of Austin, Texas.

Way to stay, Austin!

Y'all can make up your own minds about whether states should have the right to secede or not. Some state constitutions specifically prohibit secession (North Carolina is one, and, yes, some asshat Tarheel posted a petition to secede anyway). West Virginia has already done it once, having seceded from Virginia, which sided with the Confederacy, during the Civil War.

(In my not-so-humble opinion, many in the Mountain State have forgotten their Union/union roots, as evidenced by the number of Confederate flags I see displayed.)

But of course there's a petition requesting peaceful secession for West Virginia, as well.

CRAZY TALK, people. President Obama was re-elected by a majority of the popular vote and a majority of the electoral vote. He won DECISIVELY. The right-wing pundits were predicting a landslide win of 325 electoral votes for their candidate. President Obama got 332. Hmmm.

The way things work here in the UNITED States of America is that every four years obscene amounts of money are spent in the process of electing someone to govern the UNITED States of America. One hopes, when one casts one's ballot, that the elected governing body will do its best for the common good. That is precisely why President Obama was re-elected: The Republican (and the Green, Mountain and Libertarian) candidate wasn't very appealing to most of us, so we voted for the incumbent.

If your We the People petition receives 25,000 signatures in 30 days, the White House will respond. So far, Texas will be getting a message. I would tell them to go sit in a corner until 2016, but then that's me. I've a feeling the President's staff response will be more measured and deliberate. And Texas won't be peacefully seceding any time soon.

The Republican party will be going the way of the Whigs if they don't start playing nice soon. There are smart, thoughtful, intelligent Republicans shaking their heads over what's been done to their message. I hope they rise up, speak out and kick ass. I really do. Good ideas come from meaningful dialogue.

If you take your toys and run away, you don't have a voice at all.


Susanna King said...

I know some of the SC crazies have posted a petition as well. However, 45% of us voted for Obama, so it would behoove those folks to remember that there are plenty of us who like it just fine in the USA, thank you.

Kathy said...

That is just plain nuts!! As you said the President was re elected and everyone just needs to deal with it! I am so glad you brought this issue to light here on your blog.


Winnie said...

My best buddy is from Texas and when she lived in NYC she would tell me how TX would do this. This is not the first time, and I am sure not the last either. Mind boggling to me.

denise said...

I say let them go! If Texas goes, then it should be plenty big enough to accommodate all of the other wackos from the other states. Let 'em go! :-)

This question was raised by our local TV station on their facebook page (of COURSE Georgia has a petition as well). And, of COURSE, there were plenty of believers who wanted to leave the US.

But my favorite response was from a guy who pointed out that all those people who want to leave should remember that as soon as they do, they lose Social Security and Medicare.

Then, he pointed out the 5 major US military bases we would lose in GA (one of which is the largest single employer in the state of Georgia) - along with all of the corresponding jobs and businesses that currently depend on them.

As if that weren't enough - the second largest business here is farming...oops...there go the farm subsidies!

People just don't get it. Just because they're not on welfare doesn't mean they're not on the government dole (sp?) in some way or another.

It's crazy, but that's the way it is these days. Sigh...

Vickie said...

Ironically, I am reading "Lincoln: Team of Rivals" right now. The current Lincoln movie is based on this book.