Well, I sure live in exciting times. The list of states petitioning to secede from the nation has now grown to forty. And, much to my surprise, my home state of Oregon is on it. Woot! Secession party!
But…hold on. How, exactly, is this going to work? Oregon is a blue state. Most of us here voted for President Obama–in fact, almost everyone I know voted for him. So…where are we going? I can’t imagine that most Oregonians want to separate themselves from the government they voted for, especially to form a new conservative state they don’t agree with. Are just the people who signed the petition seceding? Is a fragment of Oregon going to separate itself from the rest of the state? I suppose if these are the same crazies who believe in birther conspiracies and legitimate rape, I wouldn’t mind them leaving, but it’s all very confusing.
Oregon isn’t the only place with this problem. Since the secession list is now up to forty, this naturally means that quite a few states which went Obama on election night are on it, including California, Massachusetts, New York and Washington. Good luck making that happen.
So I gotta think that the petition signatures were just a gesture of anger by those who don’t like the President, and that the signers knew their action would not really lead to revolution or secession. It must’ve felt good in the moment, but what was the point? I doubt that anyone at the White House website cared very much. But I suppose that an online civil war is preferable to a real one, and I can be grateful for that.