Secession? How about Canada?


We were humored to read the story of the petitioners from several states across the country who are asking, rather politely, that their states be allowed to secede from the union.

In Arkansas, by Monday afternoon, some 4,000 people had electronically signed the petition on the White House’s website, according to the Arkansas News Bureau story on the subject.

The petition for Arkansas was created over the weekend by a Jesse W., who listed no address or home town.

The petition, like those from other states, includes a quote from the Declaration of Independence but doesn’t go into detail about the reason for wanting to secede from the rest of the country.

In the absence of a stated reason, we are left to assume that, based on the proximity to the re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, the secession effort has something to do with not wanting to live in a country where he is president.

And we would have to further assume that the signers are Republicans or at least not Democrats, to which we would ask the question: What happened to Canada? As far back as we can remember, good Democrats and Republicans alike opined as to how, if a certain candidate of the opposing party was elected, they were going to move to Canada. They never did put a For Sale sign in their yards, but neither did they attempt to drag their state away from the other 49 and set up a new country.

Other petitions have been created and signed by those wanting to withdraw their own states from the union. They are Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina and Texas.

Many are red states that voted for Mitt Romney, but a few are swing states that President Obama secured, and there are even some very blue states in there as well. Our plea to the signers is that if the spirit is so strong within you to run free, do so on a personal level, as in hie yourself to Canada — just a suggestion — and leave your state a state.

All of which reminded us of the recent column by Steve Chapman, who is considered a “conservative columnist” but who, we have noticed, is an all-purpose skewer of politicians and their ilk. In his column that appeared on this page in Wednesday’s edition of the Commercial, Chapman points out that as much as the R side of the world loathes President Obama, it’s not logical or realistic to paint him in terms of someone who is going to bring their lives as they know it an end.

Chapman said that upon learning that President Obama was re-elected, conservatives fell into two categories: “Man on a Ledge” or “Braveheart.”

“The first group fell into utter despair. The second chose furious defiance. All agree the apocalypse is at hand. The argument is only about what to do next.”

Chapman said the reaction is a “mystery,” given that we have had four years of Obama “and the consequences have been endurable, if not enjoyable to all.”

Capitalism is doing “tolerably well,” and the stock market is up since he first took office. Inflation is down, and the unemployment rate, although sticky, has continued to drop.

The Second Amendment is still around, Chapman points out, as are the Bush tax cuts, although that could change – for some or all — by the end of the year.

“In fact,” he said, things have not changed a whole lot.”

Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump, Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer and others all took to the airwaves to express pain and suffering with regard to a second term by Obama.

People being forced to buy health insurance “to prevent them from becoming public charges — under terms identical to those prescribed by the man who was supposed to save us from servitude, Mitt Romney.”

The country “returning to a top marginal tax rate” that is lower than the one in use during President Ronald Reagan’s time in office.

From political speech to legalized gambling in most states, marijuana laws to women’s and gay rights, racial and ethnic minorities being more active in our world to an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, our lives, Chapman points out, have become freer, less encumbered.

“The problem is that drama queens make no effort to comprehend the liberal mind,” Chapman writes. “Obama and his party are not actually aflame with the dream of turning America into North Korea.

“Democrats are often mistaken about how their remedies would work. But if conservatives treat those proposals as nothing more than ruses to enslave us, they will not be taken seriously.” (See the results of presidential election for details.)

As for not being taken seriously, we hearken back to our petition signers. We personally like Arkansas being part of the country at large and would say to them that the Natural State will be right here when they get back from Canada – just a suggestion. For “Jesse W.” perhaps he just needs to get out more, plant some mums, read a good book. It’s an awfully pleasant time of the year not to be an American in America.