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Secession talk is just a bridge to nowhere

Editorial

It's happened before and it'll happen again.

There's a close contest and the side that comes out on the short end wants to take its ball and go home. If we can't win, they decide, we'll go play somewhere else where we can.

And just as certainly, those who take that knee-jerk approach will fume for a while and then come back for another game.

That's pretty much what the latest secessionist movement is -- the presidential election didn't turn out the way they wanted, so now they want to get out of the country altogether.

The idea, though, that this line of thinking is merely right-wing sour grapes is incorrect. We can remember quite a few high-profile left-wingers who threatened to pack up and move to Canada if President George W. Bush were re-elected, and he was. And they didn't.

One difference, however, is that enough signatures have been collected in a Texas petition so that the Obama administration is required to respond to the petition.

We'll go ahead and give you the short answer -- no.

Petitions in other states haven't picked up enough signers to require a White House response.

The election of 2012 was a hard fought one, a bitter one and a divisive one. There's no doubt that feelings were hurt and resentment has resulted. And quite a few on the winning side have been quick to rub it in.

Unfortunately, political partisanship these days seems to mimic professional wrestling more than it does intellectual debate. It's time both sides found some common ground for a solid foundation on which this nation can build its recovery and advancement.

In any event, talk of secession is, in a word, ridiculous. No one is going to take an acre of American soil and turn it into another nation.

It's easy to point out our problems and threaten to leave. It's harder to address those problems and improve the situation. One thing is true about Americans -- we have always been great builders.

And right now, we have a great gap in our country. We need to go to work building a bridge that will span it.

-- The Albany Herald Editorial Board

Comments

FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Texas should be allowed to secede. Better yet, give it back to the Mexicans. After W and Turd Blossom start another war, the Mexicans will fix that bunch of Saturday night toughies and probably resolve any immigration issues.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 8 months ago

Yeah, we stole Mexico form the Mexicans, surprise, also Hawaii, but from Hawaiians. Let the illegals only come into that state, Texas and send the ones who are already here too. Cut entitlements to anyone who is not a citizen of the US and the immigration problem will end.

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AlbanyIsTooDarkDuringTheDay 1 year, 8 months ago

Didn't we steal this entire country from the Native Americans?

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Trustbuster 1 year, 8 months ago

They fought wars among themselves before the Europeans arrived for tribal lands.

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Cartman 1 year, 8 months ago

Get real. Seccesion petitions are simply a way to vent. They are not part of a serious movement to secede. You don't petition for permission to secede from the host government. I agree with the dissatisfaction sentiment. But the current President has no intentions of healing the divisiveness he has caused. IMHO, the petitions are merely cries of protest falling on deaf ears.

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RedEric 1 year, 8 months ago

Texas was a sovereign nation before it joined the United States, so it is a different case altogether. Pravda has recently called our glorious leader a communist. They said he was elected by the ignorant. They said he follows the communist manifesto. I think they should know after all they were the communist voice for a long time. A communist would HAVE to confiscate our guns before completing the change. We will know more during the next four years. It should be an exciting time. I wish I were younger so that I could enjoy it. Also, CBS,NBC,ABC,CNN and especially MSNBC should combine and form a new Pravda ...maybe another name would really fool people. Each of you must decide whether you believe the Russians or MSNBC.

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Trustbuster 1 year, 8 months ago

According to the Compact Theory and the Virginia & Kentucky Resolutions secession is perfectly legal under the constitution. The resolutions authors were James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Remember that the 13 Colonies seceded from the British empire over taxes and lack of parliamentary representation. This is explicitly stated in the Declaration of Independence. Also during the 1812 War a group of New England states opposed to the war seriously considered secession. It was called the Hartford Convention. So fearful of a secessionist movement that President Madison and congressional war hawks supported peace negotiations in 1814. Another example was the Nullification Crisis which began in protest against the "Tariff of Abominations." John C. Calhoun used the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions in his arguments against the protectionist tariff and favored secession if a compromise was not adopted. Henry Clay quickly drafted a revised tariff bill that lowered rates in order to stop a potential secessionist movement then. When Abraham Lincoln served as a Whig Congressman even though he opposed the Mexican War supported the constitutionality of secession. He only changed his position after becoming president in 1861. In a conversation with former President John Tyler, whose state later joined the Confederacy, Lincoln decided that secession was not legal because the federal govt. needed the revenue from the South.
In conclusion secession is not something espoused by so called "rightwingers" but by well versed statesmen rooted in constitutionalism and limited govt. Today the US govt. has recognized secessionist movements overseas in places like the Balkans, the Sudan, and the Korean peninsula. If you remember during the secessionist debate within Canada over Quebec the US State Dept. was prepared to recognize an independent province.

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