I love my country. I voted for President Obama.
Those two sentences are not mutually exclusive.
In talking with supporters of both candidates over the last week, it seems like many who supported Mitt Romney went off the deep end after last week’s defeat. Thousands of Americans have signed petitions to secede from the nation.
One person posted on Facebook: "Secession or revolution... sign me up... my gun is loaded and I speak Texan."
I’m sorry, but I just find that sort of language contemptible. Maybe I am greatly offended by this language because it comes from Republicans, who started a "We’re More Patriotic Than You" war with Democrats years ago and then when an election doesn’t go their way, they want to secede from the nation.
And that’s why I’m offended. Don’t tell me you love this country more than I do and then say you’re going to leave when a candidate loses an election.
I had another conversation with an attorney who wants to close up his small firm because President Obama was reelected. "The country is going to fail," he whined to me.
"This country is too strong to be defeated because one man was re-elected president. The only way this country will fail is because half of the electorate is ready to quit on it when their guy doesn’t win," I angrily replied.
For these people, it’s easy to chant "USA!" when Michael Phelps is winning in a swimming pool– but too difficult to do so if Barack Obama wins an election. I just don’t get that. How good of an American are you if you are only willing to be one when its easy? Aren’t we supposed to be the underdog? Aren’t we the scrappy fighters that just outworks everyone else and wins? If so, then GET TO WORK!!!
So if you are one of those idiots that want to secede from the country because a man lost the election last week, I pity you. I pity that one lousy election was enough for you to give up on America. I pity the fact that this great nation doesn’t mean terribly much to you. Think about it, there was far more on the line in 1776 when our Founders laid their lives on that line by signing the Declaration of Independence– treason!!– to form our union.
Listen to our national anthem and think about how our nation struggled for its very survival at the battle of Baltimore in 1814. Our nation had more riding on one man in 1861 when President Lincoln steered the country through the Civil War. And the elections of 1936 and 1940 had a whole lot more riding on it considering the nation was still in the Great Depression at a time when the world was facing the menace that was Nazi Germany.
I’m sorry, but our grandfathers and fathers, brothers, sisters and friends did not fight and spill blood in foreign lands so we can flippantly decide to renounce our country because Barack Obama was re-elected President. It shouldn’t work that way. It can’t work that way.
So if your signature is on one of those petitions, or if you write on your Facebook wall that you are ready to secede, I pity you. I pity that you have ZERO appreciation for what our forefathers have done to make this country the best country on earth. I pity that you would rather leave it than continue the fight to make it better. All because Mitt Romney lost an election, you’re ready to bolt.
Ultimately, I pity that three percent of your income (if you earn over $250,000 annually) is enough reason for you to renounce the United States.