There’s been an awful lot of talk going on since the election about states in the United States seceding from the Union. In the first couple days after the election that declared President Obama the winner, a number of states submitted on-line petitions to the White House for secession.
The main states that have posted upwards of 30,000 signatures on these petitions, which gives them credibility and guarantees that the White House will review the petitions, are Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. Do you see a pattern here? I do.
These are historically confederate states of the south that haven’t gotten over the loss of free labor and their majority votes in government. Remember, the south got a vote for every adult male and each slave was counted as 3/5ths a human being, thus giving these states more influence in the U.S. Congress. Clearly, the increase of people of color hasn’t bode well with these states, or at least those individuals who have signed the petition.
I say it must be this reason because President Obama won both the electoral and popular votes, albeit the popular vote was close. It is way too coincidental that these petitions were turned in after Mitt Romney, whom these states voted for, lost his bid to be president. Were the supporters of secession holding on to the petitions as a back-up plan? Is this some sort of adult tantrum because their man didn’t win? I don’t recall eastern and western states doing this when Gore lost in 2000, which was a stolen election in my view.
Seceding isn’t going to help. The leaders of this secessionist effort say that they want less government. They say the United States has veered away from the intended purpose of government. They bring up the 10tthh Amendment, which states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Okay, so., I would tell them: If you don’t agree with where the federal government is taking the country, then, it is your job to vote and exercise your liberties – not to secede. Trying to secede merely shows that, like your chosen leader, Mitt Romney, you are a poor sport and don’t know how to lose.
The voice of the people was heard and the majority of the voters chose President Obama! If those individuals, who want to secede don’t like the way the majority voted, then let them move to another country and give up their citizenship. Leave the rest of us to work together for the betterment of all, not just a few.
Laura Savage is a native East Palo Altan with a passion for social justice journalism. She can be contacted regarding this article at firstname.lastname@example.org.