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U.S./ Don’t mess with Texas

RIRO MANISCALCO comments on the petitions from many states of the Union to secede from the United States and about the ideological tensions that caused this bipolarization of America.

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That the re-election of Obama as President of the United States excited many Americans is a fact. That it opened a fierce debate within the GOP, the Grand Old Republican Party, on “how did we lose?” is another one. There are some, however, who have gone still further. One such person is Micah H. of Arlington, who placed a petition for the secession of Texas on the White House website (petitions.whitehouse.gov). Posting a petition is not difficult. Following along the lines of the “We the People” (opening words of the Constitution of the United States), anyone can do it. Then, if the petition obtains twenty-five thousand signatures within 30 days, the White House is obliged to respond to it. Mr. Micah H. drafted and posted his petition on November 9 , and as of Friday, it  had already reached 116,000 signatures. The White House will have to respond.

Texas is large and populous (second to Alaska in area, second to California in population), decidedly Republican (Romney swept with almost half a million more votes than Obama), and also extremely proud of its history and tradition. Before becoming part of the United States, Texas fought for its independence - and obtained it – by defeating the Mexicans of Santa Anna. From the epic battle of the Alamo (with David Crockett) to the exploits of Sam Houston, the Texans formed their state in 1836 before joining the others in 1845.

The Spanish, the French, the Mexicans, Texas beat ??them all. “Do not mess with Texas” is the motto of the state. I guess that Texas will not get rid of the Obama Administration, nor will they appeal to arms to assert their separation from Washington. Just as neither Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Oklahoma, nor Louisiana, where petitions have not (yet) found many supporters, will resort to arms. However, the message that emerges from this turbulence is very loud and clear: America is beginning to experience a polarization such as has not been seen since the civil war, an “ideological” fracture in a country where - probably as a first and immediate consequence of the bloody secession of 1861 - ideology has always been contained and fought like an infectious disease that can ruin civil relationships. I am used to seeing this country united behind their president.