Published on November 14th, 2012 | by James Schlarmann37
An Open Letter To The People Requesting Secession
You’ve got to be fucking kidding me, right? So let me see if I get this straight. You guys all really thought that every single poll was skewed and Mitt Romney, the guy who told half the country he didn’t really care about their votes, would win? I’m also going to go out on a limb and guess that you think what Romney said in that infamous tape is correct and not misleading in anyway, right? But here’s the thing: it is misleading. Sure, there are tons of Americans who don’t pay taxes. We call them soldiers, old people and the working poor. Let’s put all that aside for right now though. The election’s over. And your side lost. In fact, the term “got your asses handed to you” comes to mind and fits quite nicely. But as I see it, you folks need a refresher course on how our system works.
Whoever gets more votes, wins. Course completed.
So instead of accepting defeat like adults, your response is to say you’re going to leave the union? You’re actually suggesting that your state is going to be able to survive as its own nation? Guys, we’ve been through this before. For starters, Constitutionally you have no option to leave the union. Abe Lincoln, the guy you all supposedly love and adore, is laughing his distinguished and erudite balls of at you. The Civil War was essentially a fight over whether states have the right to secede.
So get the fuck over it. Seriously. Get the fuck over the fact that your side lost. What you all should be doing is some serious self-examination. For a long, long time you’ve let Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and any number of shrill-voiced, lying, manipulative assholes be the voice of your party, and you’ve become the angry white party. But here’s the thing: you have nothing to be angry about. Look, I’m white, okay? And I know for a fact that the life I’ve led, while not platinum plated or diamond encrusted by any stretch, is in fact exponentially better than that of an average African-American or Latino born at the same time on the same day as I was, thanks solely to me being fortunate enough to have been born a white guy in America.
You can act as if slavery was a billion years ago, that Jim Crow laws were made unconstitutional eons and eons ago; but they weren’t. There are still plenty of people in the minority populations of this country that remember what it was like to not drink from one fountain, to get dirty looks for just walking down the street in their skin color, or to be denied opportunities because a white man got there first. Sure, we can argue that it was in the past and we are doing our best to level the playing field…well, actually, Democrats and Progressives can argue that. You can’t.
You’ve become the party that is hell bent on either holding us back or forcing us there. When you can’t even acknowledge the fundamental disconnect between the Constitution’s promised equality of all people and your party’s insistence that gay adults not be allowed to marry, you are in the wrong. I hate to be so blunt, but you’re on the wrong side of history here. That’s what the election on Tuesday really means. It doesn’t mean that “takers” are rising up. It means that the majority of Americans don’t buy what you’re selling.
Because what you’re selling is all the shit we hate about America’s past.
You are against Affirmative Action, because you know, racism doesn’t exist anymore. You’re against marriage equality, because you know, Adam and Eve. You’re against equal pay for equal work, because well, girls are different than boys. You claim that liberals are unAmerican, and yet you all revel in inequity. You fucking champion it. Your political philosophy, when boiled down to its essentials is, “Life sucks, and it’s every man for himself. Yay!” But there are some of us who don’t want to pay for everyone’s ride through life but still feel an obligation to ensure that no one starves on the streets. And last week, three million more of us than you guys showed up to the polls and sent that message loudly and as clearly as possible.
Look, saying all this might sound harsh. And it might reinforce your inkling to leave. But I implore you to think about what you’re suggesting. For over 236 years we’ve transferred power between heads of state. We’ve yet to cave as a country, and Barack Obama won’t push us into the abyss. The economy is recovering. We are getting back on our feet, but even if you don’t feel it yet, your reaction to just pull out of the country is shortsighted, based in fantasy and wouldn’t solve anything.
Who’s going to protect your borders? Who’s going to ensure you get to trade freely with other nations, not just other states? Who is going to help protect and develop your infrastructure? You, right now, are 2% of our country, and that’s just based on being one of fifty states, saying nothing about how little you contribute to our GDP. We will survive, the rest of the states who don’t secede. California, New York, the mid-west states buoyed by the auto bailout, they’re all staying put. Ironically, it’s mostly the red states, the states that take way more Federal money than they contribute, that are involved in this nothingness. So by all means, please leave. We’ll divvy up the tax payer money you all leach from us among the states who are smart enough not to bitch about takers while being a mecca for takers.
Seriously though, you’re not fucking going anywhere. Luckily for you, this country is not run by people as immature and selfish as you are. Luckily for you, you are governed by adults. Adults know you don’t leave the country after a stinging and resounding defeat. You look inward. You try and find the reasons for you lost within, not without. In the end, your pathetic attempts to throw your toys out of the crib and pout will be laughed at. Liberals and Democrats didn’t leave the country in 2000 or 2004. Yes, some talked about expatriating, there weren’t petitions filed with the White House to allow their state to leave. We looked hard at ourselves, decided the infighting and constant blame of the other side was getting us nowhere, and Democratic leadership got their shit into one sock. Now, I’ll grant you that there wasn’t a cabal of progressive talk radio and television news anchors to placate, so maybe you lot have a much tougher road ahead of you.
But if I can be so bold as to make a suggestion: how about instead of leaving the country, you leave your home? How about you get outside your bubble and go walk among the people. Go talk to middle class families struggling to make ends meet, knowing one catastrophic medical emergency could wipe them out forever in the old way of doing things. Talk to the single mother working three jobs and still needing welfare and food stamps to keep her three kids fed. Maybe if you see that the “takers” you speak so derisively of are no different than you, except they’re not so stubborn as to ask for help when they need it, you’ll see your whole political ideology is based on a willful ignorance of life as it truly exists.
Or by all means try and leave the union; call me when that works out for you.