United or Divided? United is Better!

The argument for: United We Stand. Divided We Fall.

  • Union or Secession? United or Divided? United is Better! Just sayin’.
  • Before you jump on the “EXIT” bandwagon, think it through very thoroughly.

A house divided against itself, can not stand.” It’s a very common expression. You can choose to be united or you can choose to be divided. History has proven that even though it’s not always 100% “the right way to go”, more often than not maintaining unity is usually better than encouraging division.

Have often envied Europe because it is a huge land mass of connected countries. The geography makes them united, in a sense. Used to think how cool it would be to be able to move from one country to another. It’s the main reason I thought the idea or ideal of the European Union was smart. Well! With the recent news about BREXIT (Britain exiting the EU), maybe the theory of a union is great, but smoothly implementing the concept was not so easy. The vote of the citizens seems to indicate that in the end a nation prefers its sovereignty and reserves the right to rule itself. Although the vote was very close. Almost 50/50. Half the people wanted to stay and the other half wanted to leave. In a democracy, where the vote is cast and the majority wins, though many may complain about the exit, the voting results stand! Britain is taking pains to completely remove itself from the European Union. Wonder what the other EU member countries will do? No crystal ball, so we’ll have to wait and see.

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By contrast to Europe, here in the USA, we don’t have connected countries but we do have a huge land mass that connects states. We also have states and territories that are not a part of the land mass which we can travel to with ease, not needing a passport: Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, to name a few places.

Each state is very individual and unique. You could view each state as being its own country because each has its own governing body and its citizens can secede from the union. Secede? That means leave! Yes We Can??  Uh huh.  Although we can, it is highly unlikely that any state we will. Nevertheless, every once in a while, the folks might get a bit restless with the way the nation is being run and start talking about seceding.

My current residence is in the state of Texas. A little about Texas history. It was not always a part of the United States. In fact, the political leaders argued long and hard about the decision to finally admit it to the union. Finally, on December 29, 1845, statehood was granted to Texas. It seems however, that Texans like to talk about leaving the union. Not sure if this is a recent attitude that the people have developed or if they were always like this. My family relocated to Austin, Texas in 1998 and between 1998 to the present, the mention of a possible secession has cropped up more than once. My opinion? Eh! It’s all bluff. Let’s view this realistically.

Let’s say Texas secedes from the Union and becomes it’s own country.

What’s the next step after that? Is the rest of the United States going to become “The Enemy”??

That’s how the world works you know? Countries don’t stand alone. They have allies or they have enemies. If the US is going to be our enemy, that’s stupid! If they’re going to be our ally, then why even bother to secede?

flagsAnyway! The news articles make for interesting reading.

God bless the USA. 🙂



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  1. Barbara Radisavljevic

    I wouldn’t want to leave either, but I would like the states to regain the rights they once had to govern themselves without federal interference in education, policing, welfare, healthcare, and other areas that states used to control. Were it not for defense, standardizing currency and weights and measures, and the regulation of interstate commerce, we would hardly need a federal government. The states used to handle everything else in their own way.

    • cmoneyspinner

      I would appreciate autonomy as well. When it comes to the vision of our forefathers I lean more towards Thomas Jefferson’s vision as opposed to George Washington, in matters of state. Thanks for your additional comments.

  2. Barbara Radisavljevic

    I think the reason Texas and some other states may feel like leaving is that they signed up to be autonomous states with their own governments, making their own decisions about what goes on in their states. They expected the federal government to enforce the laws passed by Congress and defend the country against common enemies. They did not expect the federal government to start telling them how to run their schools, churches, police departments, hospitals, health care, etc. They did not expect the federal government to make null state laws about marriage or tell them they could no longer have privacy in their bathrooms. They did not want the federal government to curtail their first and second amendment rights with political correctness. The American Revolution was fought over this same kind of tyranny.

    • cmoneyspinner

      The points made or rather “grievances stated” are understood. But consider that American Revolution was about establishing a new country. Today the USA is not only an established country but a leader on the world stage. No government is perfect. As long as you have free-thinking people with the liberty to exercise their free will, you’re going to have people butting heads and disagreeing. But when you have a major problem, with all these “heads”, you should come up with a solution that’s not going to provoke more head-butting and more disagreements. I don’t think ALL the Texans are ready to jump on the “secession bandwagon”. I’ll bet if we went on a door-knocking campaign and asked Texans in each household “Do they want to leave or stay?”, you would get way more votes for staying than for leaving. That’s a guess. But I have been in conversations with folks in Texas about state laws, state autonomy, etc. Not once did anybody in the discussions jump up and shout “Let’s just leave!” I perceive “TEXIT” is not the will of the majority. But that’s just what I think! 🙂

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