The Chaos Continues…

Almost a week after the Presidential election in the United States was held and election chaos still continues… oh not chaos related to who the winner was… that was pretty apparent by 11:15pm of election night, as President Barack Obama was declared the winner by most networks, including Fox News, that were reporting election results.

No, the chaos I am referring to has to do with fallout from the Presidential election … As the Republican Party works to figure out what went so wrong to cause them to lose the Presidential election … which of course has led to the expected and ongoing election dissection and finger pointing and fault finding within the party.  It is my hope that some sane leaders within the GOP will emerge and help guide the internal discussion so that the Republican Party will remain relevant and find ways to connect with the shifting demographics and concerns of the American landscape in an authentic way … no “tokenism” please.

Then there is, of course, the chaos that has erupted following the resignation of Gen. Petraeus as head of the Central Intelligence Agency … as he stated in his letter of resignation, because he had engaged in an extramarital affair.  The timing of this announcement was immediately called into question, as Right Wing conspiracy theorists immediately put forth the allegations that the White House, specifically the President, had known about this affair for some time, but now, because Gen. Petraeus was to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Benghazi, and supposedly was not going to “play ball” with the White House’s version of the story, that the “boys from Chicago” were forcing Gen. Petraeus to resign…

General Petraeus’ resignation certainly does raise questions that have come from both Republicans and Democrats alike… questions that do need answers and which, most likely will be answered as time goes on… but perhaps not to the conspiracy theorists’ satisfaction…

But aside from all that, I learned yesterday, from FaceBook, the fount of all knowledge, of new, brewing chaos … of a threat to the Union (as the United States is sometimes called) and to the union, the cohesion of the United States.

There is in Florida a petition, whose authors are seeking signatures, calling for and asking the federal government to allow the State of Florida to secede from the Union… People who believe that the leaders of the United States have not governed well, and so want to separate from the United States and create a Sovereign State (Country?) of their own…

It is almost inconceivable to me that there are people in America who hate and fear President Barack Obama so much that they will not admit that he has indeed governed well:

Implementing policies that in the early days of the recession helped to prevent the failure of the banking industry and so giving support to the American economy so the bottom did not fall out, while at the same time working to put policies in place that would hopefully prevent this from happening again, thereby protecting American citizens…

Passing legislation that allowed for the auto industry and businesses related to the auto industry to remain viable and competitive within the United States, thus saving thousands of jobs for American citizens…

Passing health care reform that will allow and in fact already has allowed thousands more people to obtain health care than were able to before… reforms that will eventually bring down health care costs and will protect American citizens from the healthcare insurance industry…

Passing legislation that allows women to sue their employers, if necessary, for equal pay … much needed legislation as there still exists those employers who pay women less money than they pay men for the same job…

Finding and executing justice upon Osama bin Laden… and continuing the work of hunting down terrorists who would threaten American interests and American citizens…

This is, of course, only a partial listing of the ways in which President Obama has governed well in leading our country.  He is not perfect and I am sure has made mistakes along the way… but he has governed well.

Yes, it is almost inconceivable to me that there are people in America who hate and fear President Barack Obama so much that they will not admit that he has indeed governed well… but what is even more incredible is that there are those who hate and fear him so much that they wish the State of Florida to secede from the Union … they wish to form their own country and take the rest of us in Florida with them … and they wish to plunge the United States into another Civil War – for that could very possibly be the result … especially if there are others in other states with the same ideas of secession.

And they wish to do this for … Patriotism???  Love of country???

No, this is not for patriotism or love of country.

Those who are true patriots and who truly love their country discuss the opposing ideas and do the hard work of finding the common ground that allows for the best results to come about for American citizens … bringing unity as we work together to solve the problems that occur within our society … and which quite often requires that people put aside their own selfish ideas and ambitions for the well-being of the country.

A true patriot isn’t looking out for “me first”, “my ideas”, “my wants and desires only”… no, a true patriot is looking out for the well-being of the Union, the well-being of the United States… and is willing to give up or compromise their ideas if other people have better ones, or if some combination of their ideas and other people’s ideas will work better than theirs would alone…

I have an idea for those who would lead the State of Florida to secede from the Union for “patriotic” reasons… save yourselves and all of us the problems this path would cause, and just emigrate to another country.  If you don’t want to live in the United States, as it is now legally governed… if you don’t want to peacefully work to solve the problems that exist within our country by bringing together the variety of ideas that people have, sifting them out and creating the best ways to solve our problems… then just leave the country and go live somewhere else…

Or better yet, give up your American citizenship, find a deserted island or land mass somewhere that isn’t owned by someone else, or part of another nation, and build your own sovereign nation…

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