OUR VIEW: Secession will not move the country forwardIt’s just poor sportsmanship in the wake of the country’s decision to put Obama back in office for another four years.
By: Editorial board, The Daily Republic
It is utterly amazing to us that people across the United States are screaming for their respective state to secede from the union following President Barack Obama’s victory in last week’s election.
We are surprised that people are so passionately against the president — and so much that they would put their name on a petition to actually dissolve the government in the same style that sparked the American Civil War. First of all, such an act borders on treason. Second, it’s just poor sportsmanship in the wake of the country’s decision to put Obama back in office for another four years.
We endorsed Mitt Romney for president. That doesn’t mean we have some deep hatred for President Obama, but that we simply disagree with some of his practices, political beliefs and policies. No big deal.
Yet we now watch in wonder as people flood the Internet with hateful and hurtful spite in the wake of Obama’s win.
And now we hear about petitions designed to encourage states to secede from the union.
The South Dakota petition has been signed by more than 5,000, although we hear that most of those disgruntled people aren’t even from South Dakota.
South Dakota is a red state, and one that overwhelmingly backed Romney for president.
But our candidate lost, fair and square. The majority of Americans wanted Obama for president.
The contest begins anew in about three years, and maybe next time, Republicans will emerge victorious.
In the meantime, these outlandish calls for secession only create a bigger divide that does nothing to help move the country forward.