- Posted November 13, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Secessionists Not Living in Reality
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
Last Tuesday, citizens across the nation went to the polling stations and participated in one of the US of A's most cherished duties. We voted for a government to lead us over the next 4 years without having troops in the streets and tanks in the Capitol. Voting and peaceful transition of power has been the brightest light the nation has had to offer to the world for more than 200 years.
Yet there are some in this country who fail to appreciate what an extraordinary event this is which we as Americans do every 4 years for president and every 2 years for members of Congress. In addition we select our state and local leaders again without need of military intervention. With the exception of the turmoil that erupted in 1861 months after the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as the 16th president, our election of national, state and local officials have been bloodless.
Now we have "citizens" in at least 23 states who have filed petitions on an official White House web site petitioning for their state to be allowed to secede from the Union. This break from reality has even infected a few souls in the Cornfield. The petition with the most number of signatories asking for the right to secede and become independent nations no longer joined as part of the United States of America is one from Texas.
Secessionists, time to wake up. This is not a viable or realistic solution to your despondency that your candidate was not successful in the 2012 election. You are not thinking rationally or with any thought of the rashness of your position. How little faith you have in our American way of life.
Don't like the election results? No problem. Many of us are not thrilled. In fact, almost half of the entire country is not happy. But that is no reason to act like a spoiled brat saying, "If you don't play the I want to play, I won't play."
You regroup. You figure out what went wrong. You live with the vote. Then in 2 or 4 years you rally again and try to find a way to win next time.
What you don't do is petition to secede from the Union.
That is not the American way.
From the Cornfield, Earth to secessionists, it's time to come back to ground.
United we stand. Divided we cannot keep from falling.
UPDATE: Per the Indianapolis Star there are now 35 states with petitions by citizens for permission to secede from the Union.