Secession is wrong approach to US problems

When Americans build from common ground, there is nothing we can't accomplish.


There’s an old saying “Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.”

The more than 700,000 people throughout all 50 states who have signed online petitions on the president’s “We The People” website asking for peaceful secession from the United States should give that some thought.

What would have happened in World War II if the United States had been 50 separate nations? The strength of this country is its diversity, its willingness to tolerate different ideas and beliefs and the ability to put those differences aside and work side by side when adversity strikes.

Yet at least six states — Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina — have reached the magic number of 25,000 signatures, which means they will receive a formal response from the president.

He should send a one-word answer: No.

One of the curses of modern technology is it tends to amplify the voices of the malcontents to the level where some people believe they speak for the majority. Simply by clicking a “like” button one person’s whisper can join others to appear to be an overwhelming shout.

But let’s get real. Even though 700,000 is a big number, it is barely two-one-hundredths of the 314 million population in the United States. That’s not exactly a groundswell.

And the idea that any of the states — take a good look at their budgets and you won’t exactly see prosperity — could survive on their own shows a lack of understanding of economics and the intricacies of foreign policy. And without the protection of a military, these states would fall like dominoes. The armed forces a state could muster couldn’t withstand an invasion even from most Third World countries. You really think a state could fend off a world power such as China?

Go back and study our bloody Civil War. Lincoln hit the nail on the head when he said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” He was talking about slavery. Today, he would be talking about the bitter partisan bickering that stagnates attempts to solve problems.

It’s time people got over this obsession that everything has to be the way they want it. No one person or one group of people has all the right answers. But progress can be made when reasonable people seek to find the common ground and build from there. We got into this mess together and we can get out of it together.

Let’s start here: We are all Americans. We all want the best for our country and our families. We have different ideas of how to achieve that, but working together we can do anything.



jennybuggs says...

I think it would be a grand experiment. Let them leave and see what would happen.

Posted 26 November 2012, 3:18 p.m. Suggest removal

Kevconpat says...

I Agree, too. Let them leave. The 99.98% then would finally be able to work together to get life better for ALL of us. Those leaving are bitter, bigots and should have their own country- away from fair-minded open hearted Americans.
Let them Go! See how they'll begin to fight amongst themselves with all their toys; (guns) as a way to settle their diffrences! Can't wait. Roberta could be , fairly elected of course, Supreme Leader. or whatever they want to name her-.

Posted 27 November 2012, 7:49 a.m. Suggest removal

wallyworldguy says...

Kevin, your ignorance is really starting to show through.

Posted 27 November 2012, 8:54 a.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

Kevin....on one side of the issues....vocal and extreme......
Roberta on the other side of the issues.... vocal and extreme

Wow, I love reading this paper....Better than the comics

Posted 27 November 2012, 4:53 p.m. Suggest removal

Kevconpat says...

Thanks- vocal, extreme, & ignorance...... So much attention, wow!
I guess that makes the majority, just like me.

Posted 27 November 2012, 8:21 p.m. Suggest removal

Kevconpat says...

After my usual several cups of 'joe' this morning while reading all the newspapers that enlighten me; Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New york Times and The Washington Post, it was the good 'ol UB Op/Ed: Made me remember what is most important. The right for everyone to express their opinions- and the right for readers to say what ever they want back at you- even if it is a metaphorically a slap in your face. If you dole it out, expect to get some back at you and I'm not talkin' sweet smelling stuff! Includes me and that's fine.

Posted 28 November 2012, 8:06 a.m. Suggest removal

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