In the wake of Barack Obama's reelection as president, residents in several southern states have started signing petitions asking to be allowed to secede from the United States. Secession didn't turn out so well for them last time, did it?
States in Secession, 1860
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At least they are consistent: whites with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement wanting to leave the game when brown-skinned people are allowed to play as equals. It's tough to take their whining very seriously but we should probably take seriously the fact that the secession-talk is an expression of real desires and fears.
Why, though, do they insist on seceding? Why do they think that entire states should be removed from the union just because they personally don't like how things are going? There is a much simpler solution that's available to them: self-secession. That seems appropriate for a group that's touted self-deportation.
A forum member suggests a response that Barack Obama could use:
Thank you for your recent petition.
While we share your anxiety, the course of action you request is prohibited by the Constitution of the United States and we have sworn to uphold this Constitution.
If you feel that you can not live with this Constitution, please feel free to leave this country. Be aware that if you are on this list and do leave, you will be cut off from all benefits of this country, including Social Security and Medicare which you would also lose if your state were to secede. Most likely you will also lose many of the freedoms that your fathers and forefathers have fought for.
We are busy trying to make this a better country and be more fair for all. Again this is the purpose of the Constitution. This is known as the land of opportunity and we should all be working to make that true again. We do feel sorrow that you do not think you have that opportunity.
Thank you for your concerns:
President, United States of America.
I think we should perhaps encourage self-secession for those who can't bear the thought of America turning into a socialist Kenyan republic. Self-secession is certainly a lot easier to organize and accomplish than state secession.
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