As we commemorate the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the Civil War, the issue of secession remains alive and well in the United States.
Could it be that a war that witnessed more American casualties than all other American conflicts- combined, left the fundamental question surrounding secession unresolved?
I, for one, don’t want my nation to revisit the horrors of the Civil War. If ~650,000 dead does not answer a question, then maybe the question is meant to be unanswered? Perhaps we’re asking the wrong question. Maybe we should ask, “Has our democratic system become so unresponsive that the only viable answer to political frustration is secession?”. Is it possible that the Internet and other instantly-gratifying elements of modern society have made many of us less accepting of outcomes we’re not happy with? Are we less willing to invest the time to ‘gradually’ introduce change?
In the New York Times article I link to below, we have the specter of secession raise it’s head after the loss of Mitt Romney in the presidential elections. Texas supported Romney by a significant number of votes. Is that reason-enough for secession? What about those citizens who did not vote for former president G.W. Bush (a former Texas governor)? Should they have supported secession during his two terms of office?
The Union is necessary for the democratic experiment to continue. That experiment began over 230 years ago. George Washington purportedly used the term “Experiment” in describing what he and his comrades were embarking on. 87 years after that, President Lincoln had the misfortune of tackling the unresolved issues of this ‘experiment’. The price paid to keep the experiment going has been exorbitantly high. We’ve invested so much into it, can we abandon it now and relegate our national identity to the graveyard of civilizations that have come and gone? No closer to the divine ideal that…”all men are created equal,…endowed by their creator with unalienable rights,…that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the Earth…”
If this modern day secession phenomena is of interest to you, you may enjoy reading a post by John Cashon on his blog http://johncashon.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/musing-on-secession-from-a-liberal-dissident-in-republican-lands/
With Stickers, a Petition and Even a Middle Name, Secession Fever Hits Texas
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