United States of Secession?

I am a proud American. My country may not be perfect but neither is any other country for that matter. My president hasn’t always delivered but I stand by him. Every American, however disgruntled they may be in our country’s current state, should still be thankful for the freedom and democracy our forefathers set for us. Yet, 40 states have filed petitions so secede from the United States and seven have qualified for a response from the White House. Really Americans, is this what our country has come to?

On its website, the White House created a “We the People” page where Americans can file petitions on matters of concern which need 25,000 signatures within 30 days to receive White House review.

Texas was the first state to qualify for White House review after its petition to secede, started by a person identified as Micah H., exceeded the necessary 25,000 signatures necessary for White House review. The petition asked that the “State of Texas withdraw from the United States of America and create its own government.” The Texas petition had about 100,000 signatures as of Nov. 16.

Other petitions have followed in states including Alabama, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania , Mississippi and several more. The Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina petitions qualify with Texas as each have received about 30,000 signatures.

This isn’t the first time the U.S. has faced state secession. The Civil War took place from 1861-1865. It was a brutal and bloody war that took the lives of approximately 620,000 people. This war, monumental in our country’s history, started when 11 states seceded from the Union, creating the Confederate States of America. Of course, the war ended and now we are back to being the United States, yet these 40 petitions have sprung up, mirroring the fuse that started that devastating war.

I get it. A lot of Americans are unhappy that President Barrack Obama was re-elected in an election where he won with 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206. People are upset with the economy and strongly oppose Obamacare and accuse the president of being a socialist. But he’s our president. He won. In four years, we’ll vote again for a new one.

People need to stop whining and move forward with their lives. It seems this election, and for that matter every election, brews a hysteria in the public where we become ruthless animals and envision the ultimate demise of our country if the opposite candidate were to win.

I’ll be honest, I voted for Obama, but as a friend told me the night of the election, if Romney won, the world would still turn and our country would be okay. She was right.

If Romney won, I would be a little upset but I would still support him and stand by him because he’s my president. I would not, however, start a petition to secede from the U.S. because like a toddler in a fit of rage, did not get what I wanted.

I highly doubt any of these petitions will warrant secession from the U.S. They were filed by discontented and unhappy people, angry that Obama was re-elected. The U.S. and Americans need to leave secession back in the Civil War and learn to work together and move past political differences to make this country a better place for everyone. Stop trying to secede. It looks foolish.

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