Self-selected social Darwinism?

WAHOO, Obama won re-election! Everyone is excited, right? Wrong! Not only are people engaging in blatant racism on public forums, citizens in 20 states have filed for secession no the White House website. The White House previously stated it will respond to any petition that receives over 25,000 signatures (a successful petition asked for the WH beer recipe). Petitions from Texas and Tennessee are close to the necessary number. Most of the petitions follow a simple format consisting almost entirely of extensive quotes from the Declaration of Independence. The Texas petition, however, actually seems to have merit. It discusses Texas’s potential for economic and cultural independence.

One question you may have (I share it) is this: why now? Why are so many states making this effort now?

I have an answer for you.

It’s not this…

Or this…

Or even this…

It’s this:

Which makes me incredibly disappointed in our nation. Really? You’re so mad you lost the election to a person you don’t support that you believe your rights are being taken away from you? Rub some dirt on it and grow up.

But really, maybe it’d be better if these states seceded. (After all, Texas was born in part due to secession.) All parties involved might be a little happier…

-Rachel Baer

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One Response to Self-selected social Darwinism?

  1. Hey Rachel –
    Thanks for this post addressing the ‘secession’ petitions. I’ve been observing a lot of talk of this on social media sites, and struggling to wrap my mind around this concept.
    As Ryan posted, the ‘mandate’ from the results of this election is that Americans want Democrats and Republicans to work together to solve the nation’s problems. To some extent, like Ryan, I agree with this. A divided legislative branch and the re-election of an incumbent president (historically, quite likely) do not constitute a ‘socialist take-over’ of the government.
    Even far-right Republicans like John Boehner are accepting the results of the election and carrying on in the UNITED States of America.
    This suggestion of ‘secession’ is offensive on several levels:
    1. In a way, the act of seceding due to the results of an election devalues the unspoken mini-contract that each citizen accepts when they cast their vote. That is – “I cast my vote in this election, and in doing so, will accept the results as I have made my voice heard,” This isn’t to say (at all!) that voting negates a person’s right to, well, complain about the results of an election. However, it does, in my opinion, negate a person’s attempt to secede from the nation after the federal election that they voted in didn’t turn out as they would have liked. If you’re a part of the nation when you vote, you’re still a part of the nation after you vote.
    2. Liberals didn’t try to secede from the union when President Bush was ‘elected’ in 2000, or when he was re-elected in 2004.
    3. It is inherently unpatriotic to try to remove yourself from a nation that legitimately elects a leader who does not necessarily share your views.
    4. Was the Civil War effective, productive, or worthwhile to the Confederacy? Was the immense loss of life ‘worth it’ to the United States? In hindsight, do we view the Confederates as ‘true patriots’? Doubt it.

    This post is a bit rambly, but I’m still trying to figure out my thoughts on this matter. I think, mostly, I’m repulsed and offended by those trying to ‘secede’ – but I’m trying to figure out why!

    Thanks,
    Emily Pelz

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