Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Secession is Not the Solution

            Eight days since the re-election of President Obama, the country seems to be in an uproar. Every state has begun petitions to secede from the United States with over half a dozen states already receiving the necessary 25,000 signatures. On top of that, other outlandish petitions are circulating such as one that is calling for citizenship to be stripped from every citizen calling for secession and that they be exiled from the country.

            Regardless of your party affiliation or if you agree President Obama is doing a good job, the idea of secession will only damage our country more. We are creating a void we will not be able to fill.

While this enthusiasm needs to be maintained, this is not the venue it needs to be channeled into. Secession, or the deportation of those who wish to secede, is not the solution to the problems we are facing currently in America.

            Petitioning seems to be an easy avenue to vent frustration but it is not a productive one. These petitions are only worsening the buff between political parties. The solution to our problems is reaching across the aisle. Party ties and political affiliation are not as important as providing a positive future for the next generation.

Not every American’s opinion will agree when it comes to social issues, but something we can all agree on is fixing the economy.  These citizens need to channel their frustration into calling their legislators to attend to the debt ceiling or creating a new business to boast the economy and create jobs.

In times like these, our country needs to come together and create positive solutions or else our republic will fall. 

The New Right

              Within minutes of the conclusion that President Obama was re-elected, conservatives everywhere were already discussing the needed changes to the GOP in order to elect a Republican in 2016. The consensus seems to be a shift to the center.

              One of my professors discussed with me that the reason the GOP is deterring votes is due to its focus on the social issues at hand. Republican candidates seem to hold a strong view on abortion, gay marriage, death penalty, etc., but not as strong of a opinion on job creation or economical stimulus. Also, Americans are more likely to have differing views on the social issues and instead of focusing on other issues they tend to write off a candidate who does not agree with their view.

              In order for a Republican President to be in the White House after the next four years, the GOP needs to re-align itself with the original principles the party was concerned with in the late 1980s. If we focused on balancing a budget, cutting government spending, and job growth we will attract more voters than focusing on controversial social issues.