I am sure that all of you are aware of this, but it is certainly interesting to still read about. After the victory of President Obama, hundreds of thousands of Americans are asking to be separated from the United States. Twenty states have used social media to try and secede from the US. By posting a petition on the White House’s website, citizens have expressed their concern of being under the leadership of Obama for another four years. So far, an estimated “675,000 digital signatures” have been collected on the website. If one state receives 25,000 signatures, it is required that the government give a response of some kind (Martosko, 2012).
An example of one state that is leading the charge towards secession is Texas. Despite the fact, that their governor has already declared that he is not affiliated with this decision, the citizens of this state are still heavily pushing for a secession. This only brings to my mind more concerns of the future. Texas alone has around 100,000 digital signatures and I’m sure more will follow. If the state, excluding the government, want to be separated, what will happen? Will one of the most proud states become a country again and dismantle the establishment of the Texan government? It is unquestionably a far fetched idea, but if the right leader happens to stand up and take on the responsibilities of pushing the secession forward for Texas, is it really a long shot?
I honestly cannot see any state truly seceding from the Union nor do I wish for it to ever happen. Personally, I do not like the direction in which Obama is taking this country and 59,000,000 American citizens agree with me (Fox News, 2012). Some citizens feel like using social media is their escape to let their voices be heard and hopefully, some form of action will take place from their postings. Is seceding the right way to try and change the government? I don’t believe so, but citizens feel helpless enough to drastically try and change the ways that we have been governed. I understand that people don’t just want to sit back and watch as the next four years unravel in front of their faces but, is dividing a torn nation the correct method of action or is trying to amend a downward spiraling economy the way to go?
Unfortunately, I don’t see Republicans and Democrats agreeing on many issues but, this could very well be the time needed for both parties to work together. The fact that it has already come down to states proposing to peacefully withdraw from the United States, means that trouble is stirring. If the government for these states do not collaborate with its citizens, public riots could very well be next. People riot over simple things like sports. God only knows what will happen if hundreds of thousands of people’s lives change for the worse. Whatever course of action Obama has up his sleeve, I hope it becomes utilized to the best of its outcome. If not, then I do not know what the typical American citizen will think of next.
Election Night | Elections | Politics | Fox News. (2012, November). Fox News – Breaking News Updates | Latest News Headlines | Photos & News Videos. Retrieved November 16, 2012, from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2012-election-results/
Martosko, D. (2012, November 14). White House ‘secede’ petitions reach 660,000 signatures, 50-state participation | The Daily Caller. The Daily Caller. Retrieved November 16, 2012, from http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/14/white-house-secede-petitions-reach-660000-signatures-50-state-participation/