by Datechguy | November 16th, 2012
You know when I see stories like this I really wonder about people:
As of writing, the Texas petition to peacefully “withdraw” from the United States via the White House’s open petition webpage is up to 62,481 signatures, on its way to tripling the required names needed to trigger a response from the Obama administration. No doubt Texas’s desire to break free is a source of amusement inside a White House that has mastered the art of belittling the opinions of its challengers, but there is one not-so-small problem here: Texas could pull it off.
There is absolutely no doubt that Texas could be it’s own country as it has been before. There is also absolutely no doubt that Texas isn’t going anywhere nor is any other state.
While signing on to secession petitions that mean absolutely nothing might be fun and a release to some, anyone pretending this is anything more than a more advanced versions of online polls about Lady Gaga’s next costume is a fool and any news organization treating is seriously is guilty of journalistic malpractice.
Yid with Lid is disgusted with this but points out something important
But aren’t those freedoms worth fighting for? Even after four years of Obama can anyone point to a better country in the entire world? A better political system? As ill as it makes me America chose-we lost.
When George Washington left the Presidency after two terms it was an incredible unprecedented act. A peaceful transfer of power. I submit to you the real test came four years later when John Adams lost his re-election bid to Thomas Jefferson and peacefully turned power over to his hateful opposition. That act established an American tradition, we fight like hell against each other, but when we lose even to our political opposites, like Carter to Reagan, or Bush To Obama power is peacefully transferred, and its citizens still work hard to preserve the political system, country that gave them so much.
As psychologically satisfying a placebo might be, we are better served by actions than stuff like this, to wit, here is the head of the GOP city committee the week of the defeat:
Listen to this man, he lives in one of the bluest states in the country, in a city that flipped against Scott Brown from 2 years ago and you don’t see him packing up and giving up or trying to break off pieces of Fitchburg from the city. That’s not fighting back, that’s giving up.
Man up, buck up stop this nonsense and lets move forward to the task at hand.