States Filing Petitions for Secession
Ok, really there’s not much tangible to this. A lot of people made up internet petitions for their states to secede peacefully from the union. The internet petition is probably the most futile and ineffective form of civil engagement out there I can think of. Despite my lack of faith in internet petitions, I think there is something to this in that the concept of secession has hit the mainstream (the article is from Yahoo and I’ve seen a few things floating around Facebook) and people are talking about it one way or another, even if it is for the idea’s few moments before folks become distracted by something else. I’m sure the media is running with this one just to have a shocking headline to grab people in rather than actually believing there’s a ton of substance to it.
I do think it’s funny that I posted The 2012 Election and the Elephant Outside the Room the other day and predicted that we’ll see talk of states splitting up by 2016 and viable state secession movements by the 2020 election and it’s already in the mainstream media. I’m not suggesting that my article had anything to do with the one in the mainstream media by any stroke of imagination, but I’m just commenting on the fact that it didn’t take long to start having the “s” word thrown around in public discourse. Again, I think there’s not a lot of substance to the article but I’m surprised by how quickly the subject has hit the mainstream. Maybe my guesses as far as time frame might come a little sooner? We’ll see.
I see that the Texas petition has something like 23,000 signatures but they’ve always had something of a secessionist movement down there. I remember driving into Texas on I-35 and being greeted by a billboard from one of the secessionist groups down there. I’ve heard of a group in South Carolina that wants to create an evangelical Christian republican down there and naturally there’s still some secessionist attitudes floating around the rest of the southern states. A few western states have petitions and movements, which isn’t too surprising either. The Iowa one had about a dozen signatures when I saw it a few hours ago.