Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tantrums

I haven't posted in a while, mostly because all the attention is still on the election aftermath, and analysis of late results and recounts. There's little real news going on right now, so it's been hard to find interesting things to discuss.

One of the pervasive feelings about these election results is that people who opposed Obama are upset that there is no doubt he was re-elected. His margins were so big that there can be no question who won. For the extremists on the Right, they have no complaints of tampering or fraud to console themselves. So, instead of trying to fix their party, they're just going to walk away. And by walk away, I mean secede.

You may remember a guy out of Texas by the name of Rick Perry, who became infamous when he said, "When we came into the nation in 1845, we were a republic, we were a stand-alone nation. And one of the deals was, we can leave anytime we want. So we’re kind of thinking about that again."


This latest push is not coming from a politician, however, but from citizens themselves, who have petitioned the White House to secede from the union. These petitions have surfaced from more than two dozen states, each presented by individuals who refuse to use their last name. However, the theme is consistent: The United States has failed its citizens, and the people are fed up with federal power.

There are prominent names in the Republican party who are denouncing these petitions, including Rick Perry himself. Then again, there are those who support the idea (see the comments on this one, though some certainly disagree). What's clear is that there are a lot of people out there who have signed these petitions for some reason. How do we react to that?

What bothers me the most is how many people signed these petitions, and in so many places. Do all of these people really believe that separating from the United States is a reasonable option? Despite the fact that it is considered treason by the government, it is a ridiculous notion that we would separate at all. Especially over a political election.

I've read a lot of articles and posts from people who seem to think that we have lost our democracy, that somehow the voice of the people is not being heard. Well, Obama won the election. The people voted for him. And these petitions for secession were signed by citizens. Their voices are being heard. But this kind of thing is not democracy. This is a temper tantrum. The GOP lost big, and the core Republicans in the party are learning from their loss. But the fringe is not. Instead, they're doubling down, distancing themselves, and creating another alternate reality for themselves, where they are being oppressed, and they alone hold the key to freedom and liberty.

I truly hope that nothing comes of these petitions. I hope that those who sign them come back to the table of American democracy and talk about our issues. I hope they can compromise. They are citizens, and are entitled to their opinion. But as soon as they demand to secede from the nation, they have crossed a line.

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