The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 27, 2012

Our View: Secession talk is just a waste of time

The Free Press

— We suspect that alongside all the absurdity that is the new secessionist movement exists a certain curiosity: If all the Republican red states were one country and all the Democrat blue states were a separate country, what kind of countries would they be 20 or 30 years from now?

The possibilities are endless.

But alas, it will never happen. Despite the obvious disappointment many conservatives feel with the re-election of Barack Obama, they're not really going to secede from the United States of America.

However, petitions continue to roll in from every state in the union asking for a peaceful divorce. They are coming in to The White House website and, no doubt, causing a lot of hilarity there. Most requests (but not all) have arrived from Republican-leaning states, not surprisingly, including North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.

But come now. Secession didn't work in 1861, and it isn't going to work today.

Granted, the 2012 election was a very nasty affair. But it's over now and the festering silliness (the birther movement immediately comes to mind) should stop.

Unfortunately, even elected officials are getting into the act. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a free spirit if there ever was one, recently reminded anti-secession Americans that we once seceded from England. Secession is a "deeply American principle," he said, a form of American freedom that we must always hold in reserve against governments that are not responsive to the will of the people.

Funny. We thought elections were very responsive activities.

Instead of trying to secede, we Americans should work together for a change. Let's cooperate to make Obamacare, which is still a work in progress, be the best it can be. Let's not fight over raising taxes, let's find a compromise we all can live with. After all, the 2012 election was hardly the revolution some are making it out to be: We have the same president we started out with; the House of Representatives is still in control of the Republicans; and the Senate is still in control of the Democrats, just as it was on Nov. 5.

So, face it, everybody. We're stuck with each other. We might as well learn to get along.