Don’t mess with Texas (or any other state, apparently)

I’m Just Sayin’

by SHEILA SMITH

Though the majority of citizens doubt it will ever happen, thousands of Americans in a number of states (including Louisiana) are joining petitions asking the United States government to peacefully allow their states to secede from the Union. As of Tuesday morning, the Texas petition had racked up more than 60,000 signatures – more than double the number needed for an official response from the White House. Louisiana also had reached enough signatures to garner a response.

On top of the two aforementioned states, the others so far included in petitions are South Dakota, West Virginia, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, California, Ohio, New York, Delaware, Nevada, Arizona, South Carolina, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Alabama. The number of signatures on all petitions are climbing.

The kicker in all of this is that petitioners have used President Barack Obama’s own “We the People” site to request secession. White House staff will review the qualified petitions and issue an official response because of the number of signatures. The White House responds to submitted petitions that reach 25,000 signatures in 30 days. (And I’m sure Homeland Security is already starting a witch hunt, claiming all these individuals are terrorists in the making.)

Though I am worried with the direction this country has taken over the past several years (long before the Obama administration took office), I think these petitions are quite un-American. Instead of fighting to make this country better, thousands want to cut ties? These states all have men and women overseas fighting to defend America from terrorist regimes; why would anyone want to say, “Louisiana G.I. Joe, I know you are fighting to prevent more terror from coming to your home state and country, but while you’re in Afghanistan, we’re going to go ahead and abandon your flag”?

How can we look into the faces of our many veterans, who have fought in everything from World War I to the current battle in Afghanistan, and say, “We appreciate what you fought for but it’s just not what we want anymore”?

As a citizen, I believe this country is slowly giving itself away, wanting to become more like the world than continue to become what our ancestors dreamed America could be.

I was annoyed during the recent elections when a friend shared a BBC worldwide poll on a social networking site. The poll was in response to a presidential candidate’s claims that that the world wanted America away from Obama’s leadership. The poll represented surveys conducted in the majority of the world’s countries and all polls indicated those foreigners supported a particular candidate as President of the United States.

Well, guess what? I’m an American. I was born in Crowley, Louisiana, and raised in Iota, Louisiana. I received an American education and I work an American job where I pay taxes to the American government. I don’t care what anyone in Germany, Egypt, Russia, Italy, Iran, England, Turkey, Poland or anywhere else in this world wants for my country. This country belongs to Americans – not the British, French, Africans, Lebanese, Chinese, or any other citizens in other countries. I am an American citizen; I am not a world citizen.

That is why so many others and I are not ready to give up on this country. We could blame the problems this country is facing on former President George W. Bush, Obama, Republicans, Democrats, failing schools, failing parents and everything else we like to point fingers at. But throwing up our hands and walking away is not the answer. This country is ours and we need to do what we can to save it.

Though I disagree with requesting secession, I do hope all branches of government (that includes you, absentee Gov. Bobby Jindal) realize how frustrated Americans are becoming and the lengths they are willing to go to in order to get what they want and deserve.

 

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Posted by on Nov 14 2012. Filed under Editorial Columns. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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