If at first you don’t secede, cry, cry again.
Originally posted on M.S. Fowle:
Social media is bursting at the seams with talks of petitions for states to secede from the United States. That sentence alone reads like an oxymoron. We live in the United States, not the “Leave whenever the hell you want because things aren’t going your way” States. And that sentence reads like a lecture spouted at a rebellious teenager. Essentially, it is.
Yesterday, my uncle posted a link on his Facebook page encouraging Mainers to sign our petition to secede and stop paying “their bloated porkulous stimulus bills.” I responded, telling him I didn’t want to “start a big thing” – but how can I not? I suppose I understand his and others’ side of it – they’re pissed for various reasons about how our government is run and the fact that those they voted for this election didn’t win. Or perhaps they’re pissed that Maine passed Question One, which allows gay couples the right to legally marry. I can’t be completely sure of all their true reasons behind this stand. All I know is, the last time numerous states tried to secede, the Civil War followed.
Is this really the answer? As I told my uncle, “Seceding from our country is like throwing the dishes away because they’re dirty.” People are upset about who was elected into office earlier this month. Who ELECTED them? Sure, money was involved – into the billions, I’m sure. But I still have to believe that those votes cast by the citizens of this country played a significant part in who is now running it. I have no doubt that how our government spends our money is outrageously flawed and fueled by greed. I’m just wondering how this would’ve changed had Mitt Romney been elected… the same man who keeps billions of dollars of his own money in off-shore accounts to avoid paying taxes… the same man who, when he realized he wouldn’t win the election, immediately cutoff his campaign workers before they had checked out of their hotels after working so hard for him for two years, sticking them with the bills.