Since the re-election of President Obama there have been petitions in at least 20 states submitted to the Federal government to allow each of those states to "peacefully secede from the Union." These petitions basically cite disagreement with the Obama administration on policies and spending issues and base their request on the Declaration of Independence's dramatic assertion that "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government."
Those who know me know I am basically an independent conservative. I am not a Republican and have many disagreements with the Republican party but I find myself voting for Republicans in most cases because I am nearly completely opposed to the liberal agendas and policies. I am also a Christian and find it nearly impossible (in my humble opinion) to reconcile Christianity with liberalism. It just doesn't work for me.
One might think I'd be in favor of these secession petitions so those of us who disagree with the President's agenda and policies could form our own conservative government. But nothing could be further from the truth.
I'm not happy about the results of the election - that's no secret. I'm no fan of Obama and disagree with nearly everything he stands for. However, I'm not crazy enough to believe that secession, dividing the United States of America into two separate nations, is a good idea. These are but a few reasons why:
First of all, with the possible exception of Texas, no state is powerful enough (or has enough funds) to stand individually as a nation. Let's remember that even if a state was allowed to secede, those who love Obama would leave and remain in the union, which would reduce each seceding state's population, thus reducing the number of employed and revenue coming into the government. Granted, Obama haters from other states would very possibly want to move to one of these newly independent states but that would take time and paperwork, particularly since no state would want to secede from the union without securing their borders to prevent people from entering illegally.
Seceding states would have to seek out and secure trade agreements with other seceding states since you can bet one of the first things that would happen is that states remaining in the union would be banned from (or would voluntarily ban) trading with the secessionist states. Seceding states would be left on their own to seek out trade and commerce wherever they could find it but I'm sure the remaining United States would not be part of that.
Each state would have to fund their own military, without federal aid. Very few could afford it. In addition, the federal government would want all of its equipment back. Sure, fat chance they'd get it but the feds' first move would be to call all active duty military people to leave the secessionist states and report to a union state. How many would choose the freedom of a secessionist state over the union? And how ugly would it get in the meantime?
If I was the President of the United States and for some reason allowed some states to secede, the first thing I is cut everything off from the seceding states, i.e., business transactions, etc. In other words - since General Motors is based in Michigan (assuming Michigan did not secede) then no GM dealers in seceding states would receive vehicles for sale anymore. Likewise with any and all major corporations based in union states. Seceding states would have to create their own companies.
Seceding states would also have to find their own energy sources. Those states without oil or gasoline would have to find it in other seceding states and be able to purchase it - something that would be difficult since money from the union would likely no longer have value. Certainly seceding states having an abundance would be willing share, for a while. But that wouldn't last forever. Could they survive?
Even if the states were able to successfully secede from the Union and survive on their own, would they join together to form a new country or would they attempt to stand on their own? Either way - what happens if a large group of people in one of those states decides they aren't happy with their current government? Further separation? Independent cities or counties that secede from the state? Where does it end?
These would-be secessionists are making a show and taking a stand but is it really a practical stand? I believe it's not. Many of us are unhappy with the country's choice for the next four years. So be it. What true conservative patriots need to do now is seek out and promote a good, solid conservative for the next election who is not part of the Republican establishment nor intimidated by them. We also need to vote very carefully in the 2014 elections and get rid of as many establishment Republicans as possible. Put independents in their places if necessary. The Republican party has moved to the left in the last 20 years and they now criticize true conservatives. It's time for them to go.
There was a time, in my younger days, when I believed President Lincoln should have allowed the Southern states to secede and try it on their own. They had no real manufacturing capabilities at the time - only agriculture. It is my guess that within about five years their government would have been hurting to the point that they asked to join the union again. I could be wrong - times were simpler then. But I don't think they'd have made it successfully for too long.
Seceding from the union was a bad idea in the 1860s and it's a worse idea today. If, for some reason, it was allowed to proceed I would have to support President Obama's efforts to preserve the union, just as I support President Lincoln's efforts to preserve the union back then. Destroying the union over one Presidential term is a ridiculous notion. We have the power to correct things in four years. If something drastic happens between now and then, other steps may need to be taken. But if we allow the liberals to cause such drastic disruption in our nation that we decide it's time to divide the nation, they have won.