Letter to the Editor: Stop dividing the U.S. with talk of secession
I saw a news story about states in which residents are petitioning the White House for the right to secede from, and it’s surprising to see how many people have supported them.
Secession is not as clean of an issue as some of those citizens would think. I can’t claim to be an expert, but I do believe most of those states do not have an economy large enough to sustain all of the responsibilities of a government, without a restricted budget. Some of those states are large enough to possibly be sustainable (Texas), but that does not mean they have the ability to provide for their citizens’ welfare.
I am not saying no state has the right to secede, but it should only be used in the most dire circumstances, not out of annoyance at (temporary) leaders.
I wish to stress that aspect of our government: Our leaders are never meant to be permanent. It protects us from true tyranny. There are problems in the government that should be addressed, but they likely will not be permanent.
Most of the signers know it’s a symbolic gesture for states’ rights, but some wish to see their state secede. I can’t fathom why anyone wants to put their state into such turmoil.
The budgets would be knocked out of balance by the increased strains on the budget. The citizens of the states would be paying for it with their standard of living and their futures. Most disturbingly, the petitions cite the Declaration of Independence, and by doing so, say that the federal government is tyrannical. I can see plenty of things the federal government does wrong, but what makes it tyranny?
These symbolic gestures come at the result of an election. Just one election. As if it’s the doom of the country President Barack Obama was re-elected. I hope they have not forgotten there’s another election for that office in four years.
The petitions to secede hint at the distrust of the American government by the people who sign them, but if they distrust the government, then they should be involved. We’re all Americans first and foremost now, because none of our states would survive long as independent nations. After all, the phrase is “united we stand, divided we fall.” Please, Americans, don’t divide our nation any further.
Anthony Vogt, Latin junior