Editorial: Secession petitions are unpatriotic

Ever since Barack Obama won re-election, there has been a flood of secession petitions submitted to the White House website “We the People.” They have been created by many Republican voters all across the country, that are, to say the least, disappointed that Obama will be in the Oval Office another four years. These so-called “patriots” who signed the petitions are anything but patriotic.

The secession question is nothing new, although it was essentially settled when the North won the Civil War, where millions of men fought and shed blood for the ideal of the Union as “indivisible.” In addition, the Supreme Court has through numerous precedents found secession to be unconstitutional, ruling in the case Texas vs. White that the Union “was as complete, as perpetual, and as indissoluble as the union between the original States.”

In a constitutional democratic republic such as ours, the electoral process must be adhered to and respected. The people have spoken, and have decided to give President Obama a second term. Those who wish to secede are not representative of the population as a whole.

Bobby Jindal, the Republican Governor of Louisiana, put it best: “It’s silly. We are proud to be part of the greatest country in the history of the world. Whatever our political differences, we are Americans first.”

We at Gavel Media wholeheartedly support the right to petition the government, which is protected under the First Amendment. What we do not condone, however, is the blatant lack of respect for the democratic process, popular sovereignty and the rule of law.

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