As you’ve probably heard or read, tens of thousands of sore losers who can’t accept the results of the recent presidential election are signing petitions seeking the secession of their respective states from the United States.
Not surprisingly, most of these nutcases live in the South. And it’s my guess that most of them are as reverent as they can be whenever they have occasion to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. But such reverence is hypocritical when you consider a certain passage in the pledge.
I refer, of course, to the part about the USA being “one nation under God, indivisible…”
Granted, “indivisible” is a five-syllable word, which no doubt makes it difficult for some of the secessionist malcontents to understand. Perhaps I can be of help in that regard.
“Indivisible” is an adjective meaning “not divisible; unable to be divided or separated.”
So, that makes the Pledge of Allegiance a vow not to divide or separate any part of the USA.
I urge you to pass this post along to any of your acquaintances who have secessionist tendencies. It might help make it clear to them that they have a choice: They can either forget this crazy stuff about secession or they can quit dishonestly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Meanwhile, the ever-kooky Ron Paul is telling readers of his congressional Web site that “secession is a deeply American principle.”
To which Steve Benen responds THUSLY:
I suppose it’s inevitable during times of intense ideological strife that, once an election season ends, those dissatisfied with the results will react with excessive rhetoric. It’s not uncommon, for example, to hear isolated voices talk about moving to another country, rather than suffering through four years of elected leaders they disapprove of.
But casual talk about secession — from elected officials, no less — is more disconcerting. In Ron Paul’s case, there’s nothing especially “American” about breaking up America. It happened that one time, and if memory serves, the results were fairly devastating.
“If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it” [as Ron Paul says]? Actually, the recourse is called an election, and they happen in the United States with great frequency.
If voters disapprove of a governmental direction, they don’t need to secede; they need to vote for candidates who’ll approve a different direction. If those candidates come up short, there’s another election on the horizon.