Though not directly regarding the 2012 election (since it has ended), the article I found is undoubtedly relevant and to me, came as a shock to read and even fathom in this day and age. While browsing Twitter the past few days, a lot of these articles were popping up and I thought this one fit in the guidelines of the prompt pretty nicely. The article I chose to write about is titled “Citizens in all 50 states sign petition to secede from the United States“. Pretty shocking.
If the title of the article doesn’t cue you in- essentially hundreds of thousands of Americans were not quite happy with the turnout of the 2012 election where it was settled that Barack Obama would remain president for the next four years. These thousands of citizens were so dissatisfied, so disgusted that they wrote and signed petitions in each state. The first petition, which started in Louisiana, now has over 32,000 signatures. One of the more notable states that joined this cause was Texas, whose governor Rick Perry spoke out about this wild notion:
Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government
This is not a new idea- people becoming increasingly frustrated with the government, but the decisive action that Americans are taking is a bit mind-boggling to me. Despite how “radical” or “unpatriotic” it seems to some, like I just mentioned, the split of political viewpoints in this country seemed to be a all-time high with this most recent high-octane election being an example of this.
In terms of my own opinion, I honestly did not know how to feel when I first heard this. On one hand I want to say that it is “blasphemous” to our country and that American citizens should respect and believe in our country, while on the other hand people should be allowed to work together for any cause they might have- since this is technically not illegal.
I would love to see if this gains any more traction- specifically on social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook. I think that these platforms could aid the cause and even carry it along to a wider audience. This will definitely be something to monitor in the future as time goes on.