Posts Tagged ‘2012 Election’

You may have heard that people are so distraught over the President winning re-election that they are circulating petitions in 20 different states to secede (now I’m seeing reports of 30 states).  Texas has actually approached a “threshold”, which means someone will have to officially respond.

Here’s what I would like to see happen:  let them go.  Seriously, let them go.  Here are some the benefits for the rest of the U.S. if they do leave the Union.

1.  No fighting, a lot less bloodshed

2.  We will no longer pay for those Red States that actually take in more money that they pay out.  That’s right, the majority of the states on the list are a HUGE financial burden to the rest of us.  South Carolina, for every dollar paid in taxes, actually gets $1.92 back.  What’s that, almost 100% profit?  Alabama gets $2.03 back.  Mississippi gets $2.47 and West Virginia gets $2.57–250% profit.

What we could do with millions of dollars wasted on these states!  They’ve got quite the racket going, don’t they?  If they don’t want it, the rest of us want it back.  Every state that leeches off loyal, tax paying Americans can go so long as their governor sits down, writes a check out for the millions, nay billions, they’ve taken from the rest of us AND once the check clears the bank.

2.  We no longer have to provide any armed forces for them….no weapons, equipment, food, etc for their National Guard units.  Indeed most of that doesn’t belong to the state but to the Federal Government.  How about you give all that stuff back, hmmmm?

3.  We gain a buffer zone.  If they are a border state, particularly with Mexico, we no longer have to worry about over the border incursions by drug cartels.  Take Texas for instance.  The thousands of border patrol agents, ATF agents, DEA agents that help to control what would be a complete free-for-all without them could drop back to north of Texas.  Of course, Texas would have to create their own border patrol with their flush state budget.  And if Texas didn’t provide that border security, it would be first and foremost a no-man’s land, that the remaining U.S. would use as a physical buffer zone.  I’m sure the citizens of TX want to live in a no-man’s land.  I mean, look at how great the Palestinians are doing!

4.  Less to worry about.  In addition to joint protection stuff we would get back, there’s a ton of other things we’d no longer have to provide that these states would have to pay for.  Again, lets use TX as an example.  In 2011 they had a shortfall (deficit) and they had to slash services drastically (plus leave some stuff off the books and finagle a little).  They increased taxes across the board and lo and behold they might end up with a nice surplus in 2012.  But just set that aside folks because you will need it to pay for your new national defense force, your border presence with Mexico (good luck with that, BTW).  You’ll need that surplus to build and care for all of your highways–the Federal Government used to do that.  Any national parks get taken back?  Yep, you’ll pay for that too.  Medicaid and Medicare?  No matching funds, so you’ll need to cover that 100% or a whole lot of old people and  the parent’s of sick children are going to go bezerk, quite literally.  Oh, don’t forget a diplomatic corps, a spy agency, and embassies around the world.  School lunches and all the free food that the states receive to feed America’s children when their parents can’t.  Also, a stock exchange system, regulations for such things, a currency system…I could go on all day long.  Do you think that surplus would cover all that?  Do you really?

5.  And end to the whining.  We wouldn’t have to listen to them bitch any more.  They didn’t like paying high taxes to the Federal Government and they were always whining about it.  Now they’ll have whine about TX to TX.   I’m wonder what makes them think they’ll enjoy paying high taxes to the new nation any more than the old one?  Maybe they  won’t.  Maybe the counties can secede from the state.  This new version of “trickle down” economics should work really fine for you.  Loyal Americans will watch your disintegration with mixture of pity and disgust (and fear for any relatives who are stuck within your borders).

6.  Increase in tax base for the loyal states.  Speaking of, millions of refugees, half of your population essentially, wanting to remain loyal to the U.S. will leave your state.  It would account for a good portion of the tax base that you would need so desperately to pay for all the stuff mentioned in above. You can’t force them to stay.  All you states claiming to love liberty so much, surely you wouldn’t force them to stay? Who would end up being the jackbooted thugs in this scenario, I wonder?

7.  Cement the power of the Democratic Party.  Of the 20 states (now I’m seeing it’s actually 30), 14 voted for R0mney and most of those traditionally vote Republican.  Their electoral votes sum 153.  Furthermore all the Liberals and Moderates that exodus en masse from these states will go to the remaining states, some of whom used to vote Republican but won’t in future because they’ll be absorbing the millions of refugees who are not likely to vote Republican.  Basically the loss of these states will ensure that a Democrat would be elected to the White House every four years for the foreseeable future.  It would also drastically affect the composition of Congress.  Then maybe, just maybe the Dems will pursue a truly liberal agenda, because I got news for you folks, President Obama is a centrist in many, many ways.  He is not even remotely “soshulist”.

All that above was snark, now here’s some serious thoughts.  

How many thinking secession is an option?  There are some Blue States on that list, about 6 of them (again the list is changing as I type this).  I suspect in those cases they wouldn’t really secede.  And in truth, I don’t think the other 14 will either.  Any yahoo can create a petition and 49% of the Country is seething mad that the “Empty Suit” or the Ni-Clang or the Muslim Manchurian candidate (pick your reason, it doesn’t really matter) won another election so they’re just venting.  But what really worries me is the actual number who are signing the petitions.  Between LA and TX they have over 50,000 signatures.   How many will sign those petitions?  A hundred thousand, two hundred thousand?  How many agree but are too afraid to sign a petition?

We need each other.  What about the response from those who that the proposal to secede is, in itself, a treasonous act?  Loyal Americans have posted petitions to have anyone who signed those petitions to be stripped of their citizenship and exiled.  Some liberals might even want their state to secede because they are so very tired of supporting everyone else and being told that they aren’t patriotic, that they are stupid, cool aid drinkers, that they don’t contribute anything, etc, basically getting shit by the other side when these labels are demonstrably untrue.  I.e., most of the 17 states that support the other 33 tend to vote Democratic. Take CA as an example.  It is a huge economy bigger than many small countries but takes a loss of $0.19 for every federal tax dollar they pay out….We need them, more than they need us.  Still want to call them lazy hippies?  We’d all better pray that CA doesn’t secede, seriously.

We like and feel obligated to being a part of the U.S.  See what these Secessionist don’t understand that the vast majority of Americans like us being the United States.  Many of them will have taken oaths to defend our country from all enemies foreign or domestic (did you notice the domestic part?) and they consider that oath binding unto death (I’ve sworn this oath at least twice in my life and I meant it).    These Secessionist are awakening a sleeping and irritable giant that is getting tired of the far right (which seems to have taken over the Republican party)  whining about how they’re going to take their ball and go home because they lost.  Most of the time, when a Republican wins, you don’t see Liberals trying to secede.  You see them get mobilized and try to elect someone else next time around.  But they’re waking up now in a very different way and they’re getting angry.

That’s the problem though isn’t?  It always starts like this and if fanned, creates an unbridgeable chasm that eventually tears a nation apart OR results in the suppression of one of the sides by the other.  If these conservatives truly want liberty, make the system we have better.  Get rid of Lobbyists and the influence of the banks and the large corporations, improve the efficacy of voting for every citizen (not just the ones that look like Beaver Cleaver), get rid of the Patriot Act, do some real campaign finance reform…so many things that would make our system more fair, more transparent, more balanced, more agile.  Then the issues will be what’s important not either side’s hurt feefees or racism (which like it or not, does play a role for many secessionists just as it did 152 years ago) or insults (like 47% of us being moochers) or any of the BS.  We need to be more grown up about this.  This is not a game and this secession symbolism, because that’s all it really is, does actually hurt us a nation.  It’s plants yet another seed of hate and misunderstanding that could grow into another deadly plant that kills over half a million of us.

Really? Seriously?

Police said Daniel Solomon told them his wife became angry over his “lack of voter participation” in last Tuesday’s presidential election and believed her family would face hardship as a result of Obama winning another term.

Future Darwin Award Winner? Good Lord I hope they don’t have children!

I bet that she signed one of the many secession petitions floating around too. Let’s just hope they stop her from watching the news in jail. She swallowed the GOP bait–hook, line and sinker.

I mean, Arizona is STILL counting ballots.  Did you know that?  I didn’t.  Then again, I’ve stopped watching local newscasts because, well, they are horrid.  Found this out today.  Evidently as of Friday afternoon there were over 520,000 ballots still uncounted.  Unfortunately there were several close races in the state where victors have already been declared and their opponents have already thrown in the towel.  These votes could make the difference in those contests.

Why is this not a bigger deal?  Why aren’t Arizonans outraged?  Because today it’s some other 520,000 people whose votes were ignored, but tomorrow you could be one of the ignored.  The sanctity of the process matters.  The efficacy of our elections system matters.  The delay in finding out results taints the result.  Remember 2000 when the Supreme Court told Florida to stop the recount and declared Bush the winner?  It wasn’t JUST because they wanted Bush to win (they did), they made the point, as much as I hate to agree with them, that the longer the process dragged on, the more uncertainty, the more doubt and the more instability.  And psychologically speaking they are correct.  Even Gore recognized this and said something to that effect in his concession speech.

The point is…this is 2012.  We should be doing a better job with our elections.  Why can’t we?  And why are Americans tolerating such inefficiency and injustice.


After the election I saw a segment of the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC that made me stand up and applaud (I was alone and thankfully no one saw me acting like a loon).  Many people don’t like Maddow because she is an abashed liberal and….ahem…./whisper voice/ openly gay.  What most of those people don’t understand is that she is an assiduously honest person and a damn fine journalist.  I have seen her interview many people with conservative political views (and some extreme liberal ones too).  If the interviewee (regardless of party affiliation) has said something patently ridiculous or false she ALWAYS calls them on it but ALWAYS in an extremely polite and professional manner.  I’ve never seen her lose her temper and, believe me, there have been times when I thought she ought to.  Another thing that I like that I rarely see other TV journalists do is admit when she is wrong.  If she misstates the facts or passed on false information, she corrects herself on air and on her journal.  If she expressed an opinion based on something false, she re-considers that opinion and she tells us about it.   If she does something that she thinks wasn’t polite or inappropriate she acknowledges it and apologizes to the person wronged, publicly. There used to be a time when all of our journalists did this.  Sadly that day has long since passed.

Anyway, this wasn’t supposed to be an ad for Maddow, nor was it supposed to embarrass myself by telling you of my loud proclamation of approval in my empty apartment.  No, it was to let you know how awesome I think her summary of the election results were and how much I agree with her.  Please take the time to read it.

That happened! That really happened. We are not going to have a
Supreme Court that will overturn Roe versus Wade. There will be no more
Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this court.

We`re not going to repeal health reform. Nobody is going to kill
Medicare and make old people in this generation or any other generation
fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance.
We are not going to do that.

We are not going to give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires and
billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kid`s insurance to
cover the cost of that tax cut.

We`re not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth
control under the insurance plan that you`re on.

We are not going to redefine rape.

We are not going to amend the United States Constitution to stop gay
people from getting married.

We are not going to double Guantanamo.

We are not eliminating the Department of Energy or the Department of
Education or housing at the federal level.

We are not going to spend $2 trillion on the military that the
military does not want. We are not scaling back on student loans, because
the country`s new plan is that you should borrow money from your parents.

We are not vetoing the DREAM Act. We are not self-deporting. We are
not letting Detroit go bankrupt.

We are not starting a trade war with China on Inauguration Day in
January. We are not going to have, as a president, a man who once led a
mob of friends to run down a scared, gay kid, to hold him down and forcibly
cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed
for help and there was no apology, not ever.

We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton. We are not
bringing Dick Cheney back. We are not going to have a foreign policy shop
stocked with architects of the Iraq war. We are not going to do it.

We had the chance to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country.
And we said no, last night, loudly.

I’m sure you’ve already heard by now that Maricopa County residents voted back into office Tea Party darling, Sheriff “People die in my jails” Arpaio.  And he’s speaking out of both sides of his mouth, saying he’d like to get closer to the Latino community while at the same time continuing to perform illegal round ups, detentions, and traffic stops targeting anyone who looks Hispanic.  That’s like having a bully that beats you up every day say, “I’d like to be your friend” meanwhile he is STILL beating you up every day.

We’re still waiting for the outcome of a civil rights lawsuit (one among many I believe). Still waiting for someone in law enforcement to investigate him for criminal charges regarding his involvement with persecuting political enemies with and for his friend, the debarred ex-County Attorney, Andrew Thomas.  The Feds gave up on that one.  Is there anyone else out there that gives a damn about the abuse of power in that case?  Any law officers who still have enough pride in their profession to say his behavior and his Office’s behavior was unacceptable?  Any professional organizations that provide certification to Arpaio and his officers who would consider revoking those certifications because of such known unprofessional behavior?  Anyone want to try to get back all the money ($50 million last I saw) the public has had to pay out to the family members of the people who died in his jails, the victims of civil rights abuses, the mismanaged investigations, the defense of that idiotic SB1070 law?  Anyone want to charge him for taking money from the City of El Mirage to investigate 432 serious felony cases of rape, murder, sexual assault of children and NEVER actually doing the investigations?  No?  Didn’t think so.

How could you do it Maricopa County voters?  Seriously how?  For the sake of the children who were sexually abused and killed (who were, many of them, brown)…how could you vote him back into office?  I’m thoroughly disgusted by your willful ignorance to his blatant corruption and racism.  I take some small comfort that the demographics of AZ is changing so that someday the Arpaio’s of the world won’t be rewarded time and time again.  On that day, I will be mighty pleased.