In a scene more reminiscent of 1860 American than 2012 America, movements in 20 states have been started by people who wish to peacefully secede from the Union. I did a double take today when I read that on Yahoo news. I can scarcely believe it as I type this post this evening. Growing up in rural America I was raised to be a patriotic American citizen who loved almost nothing more than this nation. I also viewed America as the greatest shining example of good the world has ever known. I certainly never expected to read about the word secession outside a history book let alone believe it would ever even be discussed again by American states.
I was wrong and I am heart-broken. I wish I could say I am as surprised right now as I always thought I would be. You see, America is as politically divided today as it has been at any time in its relatively young history. The popular vote in the previous three elections are direct evidence of this fact. The 25 thousand signatures in Texas are evidence of that. The “battle lines” have, for the most part, been consistent across the red and blue states. The presidential election of last week was further evidence of this fact.
Couple that with the fact, yes fact, that President Obama has spent the better part of four years further dividing the folks of this nation with a constant drumbeat of class warfare. You can not turn on the tube without hearing the President or one of his surrogates state that the playing field needs “leveled” in America. This form of “social justice” has been rammed down our collective throats and it largely provided him with his win last Tuesday.
You see, there seems to be a disconnect in the President’s thought process when it comes to interpreting the Constitution. The Constitution does not, in any fashion direct or implied, state that all Americans get the same shot at success. It simply states that everyone gets a shot. Obviously, some are going to get a better shot at success than others. In more stark terms, the Constitution does not and can not guarantee equal outcomes. The President does not seem to grasp that and he has succeeded in convincing enough Americans of his point of view.
Do I think any American state will seriously consider leaving this nation? Absolutely not. But it is scary as hell to even think folks are talking about it.