Secession!

Tim Bean

11/16/2012

Okay, can we talk about all of this noise about all of those secession petitions floating around?

First of all I want to say this to all of those who are signing these things.  These petitions that you are signing don’t mean squat.  If you truly want your state to secede from the union you do not petition the White House; to do so you petition your state legislature.

Secondly there are only 700,000 signatures thus far on these petitions, and given the fact there are now petitions all 50 states, that number, while large, does not come close to representing a majority of the 314 million people in the United States.  Along those lines, the state that has the most signatures so far, which is Texas, only has something like 100,000 signatures.  Again, that number is far from a majority in a state of 24 million people.

Thirdly, the way these petitions are set up, one person can sign multiple petitions, meaning that 700,000 figure is probably inflated.

Finally, while the White House has confirmed that they will review these petitions, I can assure you that there will be absolutely nothing of any substance that will come from that review; especially the granting of a state to secede from the union.

Some would say that those who are signing these petitions are simply sore losers, because their guy, Mitt Romney, didn’t win.  While I am sure that there a large number of people who are signing these things who would certainly fit the sore loser bill, but considering the level of vitriol that was leveled against Romney, by many, many people during this past election, I think it would be safe to say that there would still be plenty of people willing to start and sign secession petitions if Mitt would have won too.

Okay, with all of that being said, it is completely understandable that there is a large swathe of people, from all walks of life, who are completely fed up with the direction that our glorious leaders are dragging this country; and I mean all of our supposed representatives, from both parties.  I get it, I have written about the growing numbers of registered independents to the point of it fitting the definition of ad nauseum.  People don’t change to an independent voter because they love how one party does things over another; they instead are disillusioned with BOTH parties and their antics.  I get it; I really do, because I am thoroughly dismayed by the state of the union also.

Maybe many of the people who are signing these secession petitions are simply hoping to prove a point, and send a message to the White House?  Maybe they are hoping that when the White House reviews these petitions that President Obama, and all of the senators, and representatives will take notice that there are a lot of people who are not too happy with how the country is being run; and thus all of these politicos will modify how they govern?  Yeah, and one day pigs will fly.

Look, if We the People truly wish to change the leadership, and direction of this country’s governance, then the election of Mitt, or the reelection of Obama, and/or the continued electing and reelecting of either red or blue people will not – repeat, WILL NOT affect that change.  Remember, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

I go back to one of my three simple questions, what exactly would you have expected to change if Mitt Romney was elected?  The government would’ve continued to bloat, the deficit would have continued to grow, our military would still be flung hither and yon; and you would still be gnashing your teeth, as we are all steered towards a debt induced black hole of oblivion.  Sure, some ancillary things might have changed, but the direction of the country would most certainly not have changed – period, end of story.

If a message is what all of these petitions are really about, then I hate to tell you that you guys missed the boat on sending a real, live, honest to God message on November 6th; by not voting for either of the red, or the blue guy.  If you were/are so dismayed at how this country is being governed there were other choices you could have made, but you didn’t – even though many of you said you would.

Take for example the person whom I voted for, Gov. Gary Johnson.  He was on 48 of the 50 states’ ballots, as well as the District of Columbia’s.  The two states he wasn’t on, Michigan, and Oklahoma, he was blocked by those states’ Republican Parties (nothing like a little freedom from choice, huh?).  Before the election he was polling anywhere between 3 and 5%, and as high as 10% in Ohio.  Yet when all of that state’s ballots were counted, Gary Johnson only received a paltry 0.88% of the vote.  Way to go Ohioans for voting your conscience.  Nationally Gary Johnson did get the largest percentage ever for a Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, a whopping 1% of the vote, despite polling at least at 3%.  Me thinks some people chickened out when they entered the voting booth.

A real message would’ve been if all of those who said they were going to vote for Gary Johnson would have actually VOTED FOR Gary Johnson.  Could you have imagined if he would have won 10% of the vote in Ohio?  The state where both the big tent guys spent enough time there campaigning, to where they almost qualified for residency?  That would’ve been a message sent right there.  Hell, if he would have gotten the low end of all of those polling numbers, 3%, nationally – that too would have sent a message.  Yet, many of those who said Johnson was their guy, went into their respective voting booths and decided that their conscience didn’t matter, and decided to press another button – which leads us back to those secession petitions.

No, instead of sending a real message, many people decided to waste their vote for which shade of the status quo they liked better; either red or blue; and many of these same people are now literally wasting their time signing these petitions to have their state secede (see the beginning of the article as to why these petitions are a waste of time), something that will fail to accomplish anything.  Maybe next election you might reconsider reconsidering voting for what you honestly want and believe?  Maybe next time you will realize that a vote for the lesser of two evils is the only real wasted vote?  Nah, your too scared to do that, so I guess I’ll see you in that debt induced black hole – don’t worry, I won’t say I told you so.

 

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.  (Martin Luther King, Jr.) 

Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.   (John Wayne) 

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