With the White House.gov petition for Texas secession at over 100,000 signatures now and other state’s petitions growing, many media commentators are making a point to dismiss secession talk. The worst of them are exhibiting freakish and defensive stockholm syndrome symptoms. The editorial board at the University of Texas campus paper dismisses it as “not a legitimate issue” and zealously defends their all-holy “union” with this sycophantic paragraph;
“It should be a no-brainer, but no state has the right to secede from the Union, regardless of how many of its citizens might wish to. The terms of each state’s admission to the Union and the terms of the Confederate states’ unconditional surrender after the Civil War state this unambiguously.” (emphasis mine).
The argument basically boils down to. No matter what people want, they must be ruled by the words written by men who are long dead.
Jay R. Jordan takes the same logic but tries to beef it up with an “expert” in this silly Houstonian piece.
“The fact that Texas, or any other state, has the explicit ability to secede is a myth. Many students across the state are taught to believe that due to Texas’ unique history and previous independence, the state is allowed to leave the Union whenever it pleases. ‘That’s a false assumption,’ political science professor Michael Smith said. ‘Texas can break up into five states if it chooses, but as far as secession, no.’”
He then quotes a bunch of college student “man-on-the-street” interviewees who effuse the tired dogma they recited in public school every morning; “one nation, under god, indivisible”. The ignorance leaves me wishing these idiots would stick to musical theater or basket weaving and shut their yaps when grown folks are talking.
Although what passes for grown folks aren’t much better. Politico calls the petitions a “tantrum” and blames Texas conservative’s sour grapes over the election. That may be true in varying degrees for some petition signers, but Obama supports are throwing just as childish a tantrum over the thought that people would want to secede.
A good friend of mine who is a Native American, an army veteran, and an Obama supporter has been very offended at the thought; “For those who signed the petition to secede from this great nation: If you did so to protest your frustration, you stepped way over the line by doing so. To say you no longer want to be American sends a message to the world that we are a divided nation, hence a weak nation. You’ve told the world that you want to give up. You might was well turn belly up and die for all you’re worth now. A person without a country is about as alone as one could ever get on this mortal plane.” (if you’d like to read my response it is here)
All this anger. All this division. It’s all an obvious conclusion for a modern democracy. The winners get to control the lives of the losers. That’s not just boilerplate either. Really, let that sink in. The winner of a popularity contest get’s to dictate how much money get’s stolen from you, and what to do with it. He also heads an apparatus that tells you how to live almost every aspect of your life and imposes punishments for those who get caught disobeying.
The question few seem to ask is “why should anyone be forced to bow down to an authority they don’t want to?” Why can’t Obama supporters obey Obama, Romney supporters obey Romney and self-reliant people obey their own desires?
Those who’ve never questioned the hierarchy around them retort with statements like “well how would a nation of 310 million people be controlled then?” The answer is simply; it doesn’t need to be. Do the billions of earthworms have a legislature to centrally plan the economy of creating dirt from dead plants or an executive to enforce the plan?
Maybe it’s just that word, secession. Maybe if you don’t want to submit to a ruler others have chosen you could brand yourself as something other than a secessionist. Maybe you’re a conscientious objector. You object to the imposition of another’s will upon your life. You still serve your country through voluntary social and economic functions. You don’t impose another government on others who wish to remain under the rulers thumb.