While the better part of our nation forges ahead to face the real challenges of the future, tens of thousands of immature faux-patriots and their clumsy, short-sighted secession campaign are better left ignored.
And it’s not just the liberals who are saying that everyone should accept President Barack Obama’s landslide victory. Former First Lady Barbara Bush and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are just two of the Republican standard-bearers who have come forward to tell “secessionists” – who are threatening Civil War and further discrediting Republicans everywhere – to shut the hell up.
Mrs. Bush, wife to 41st President George H.W Bush and mother to 43rd President George W. Bush, spoke Thursday at an event at the LBJ library, which Former First Lady Laura Bush also attended. Reuters quotes Mrs. Bush as saying:
I’m tired now of the elections. People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly.
The older of the two Bush First Ladies also issued a stern warning to the more intransigent members of Congress about repairing our budget shortfalls:
They are going to have to compromise. It’s not a dirty word.
Laura Bush, wife of George W. Bush, seems to have remained silent on current events at the conference, titled Enduring Legacies of America’s First Ladies.
Barbara Bush’s rebuke of the frenzied right-wing hoopla following Obama’s reelection comes in light of the wave of “secession” petitions individuals have posted to the White House-hosted petition page.
Residents of the Bush family’s home state of Texas have submitted nearly 115,000 signatures, far more than residents of any other state, states an editorial Texas’ San Angelo Standard-Times published on Saturday. The editorial echoes what Barbara Bush, and many other citizens of all political stripes, are thinking:
We all have a right to an occasional snit, but most of us don’t throw our tantrums in public and embarrass our neighbors in the process…The people who support it probably regard themselves as among the most patriotic Americans…It’s an immature attitude that not only discounts all who disagree with them politically, but also fails to recognize that, except for the Civil War period, Americans…choose our leaders in democratic elections, accept the outcome and move on.
Multiple Republican governors have issued statements rejecting the laughable “secession” movement, including Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, according to the Washington Times.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
It’s silly. We are proud to be part of the greatest country in the history of the world. Whatever our political differences, we are American first.
Secession petitions have been posted by individuals in all 50 states. Six states — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas — have reached 25,000 signatures, the standard threshold required for a White House response. Meanwhile, a counter-petition asking Obama to deport people who signed the secession petitions is gaining steam.
And for a completely unrelated tidbit, at the same event former First Twin Jenna Bush Hager indicated that her mother, Former First Lady Laura Bush, might be pleased with the legalization of recreational marijuana recently approved in two states. Ms. Hager said her mother, a fan of Bob Marley, is a “secret Rastafarian.”