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  • Edición impresa de Noviembre 20, 2012

We have just been through a very stressful electoral period with the result of an overwhelming participation of minorities that gave the victory for the re-election of Barack Obama as president.  The Latino vote was massive in favor of the president, and along with the African American and women’s votes he was re-elected.

On November 13, 2012, while reading the news in Spanish from a news center in Spain, I was surprised to find out that 30 states of the union had filed secession petitions. The news quoted the ‘Washington Post”, as the source of the news.

At first I thought it was a prank, but I quickly went to their website and there it was: “Petitions have been filed for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas”.

According to the White House  “We the People”, the administration will respond to any petitions that obtain 25,000 or more signatures during a 30 days period.

Hours later on that same day, the ‘Huffington Post’, was announcing that 30 states had filed petitions.

The list now included Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  At that time the Texan petition had already gathered about 60, 000 signatures.

On November 14, 2012, the same newspaper said that all 50 states had filed petitions to secede from the United States.  So far I have not seen the news at the local newspapers, nor have I heard or seen people talking about the issue.

I am aware of the fact that the issue of secession has come up several times in the history of this country, but not so extensive as it is now.  According to ‘Reuters’, seven states qualify for a response from the White House. Meanwhile how is this going to affect you and me?

If the petitions are successful, who is going to pay for the national debt? How are the states going to relate to each other in terms of law enforcement, education, and power grids?  And what about Social Security, Medicare, or even basic health care?

What is happening here is not so rare today. The same climate of separation floats around in the European Union, and even in small countries like Scotland, Belgium or Spain.

But the strength of United States lies in the fact of the Union.  Why is the topic coming to the forefront now? Is it the national debt, the slow and decreasing economy, the immigration issue?

Are the political leaders in touch with the general public and do they represent the common citizen when talking about secession?

Has there been talk at all about the issue with common citizens before the people in positions of power make their minds up for us?

Where I come from there is a continuous violent struggle. At times it becomes more violent than others, and people know that they must be ready for anything, including fleeing to save their lives. 

Many have come from abroad seeking a place where people can dialogue. Dialogue is fruitless if clear facts are not part of that conversation. I hope we get to shine a light on this confusion, so that we can start talking.

 

 


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