Back when Kerry lost to Dubya in 2004 I briefly thought maybe it would be better to take a chance and move to Canada. But it wasn’t just because of the election outcome, there was also the benefit of mostly polite and helpful people and decent healthcare for all. When conservatives experience the sting of democratic defeat, they react differently. In this case some of them are expressing their patriotism for America by demanding to be allowed to start another civil war and/or leave the nation:
Slate — But it’s the petition from Texas that has garnered the most attention: With 60,000 names attached, it’s well past the 25,000-signature threshold that usually warrants an official response from the Obama administration. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has weighed in, saying he doesn’t support the petition, even though he erroneously suggested in 2009 that Texas can leave the union if it chooses.
Since I live in Texas, with no small amount of shame, seceding sounds like a pretty bad idea. But it wouldn’t work out real well for the redneck fundy neo-confederate populace either. Texas would become a latino state within a generation or two, assuming democracy prevails and ethnic cleansing and genocide are held at bay. Some of the tea party wingnuts signing these petitions are Kentucky and Tennessee; which begs the question of how well the petitioners are versed in basic domestic geography.
But what’s most instructive here is how the right just can’t help itself. GOP leaders understand the demographics and a refreshing few are even voicing challenge to the near Orwellian stranglehold conservative grifters have on the base. The movers and shakers on the political side understand they have a serious, serious image problem (I and others would argue it’s far more than an image issue, it’s a core policy dilemma), but the nutcases can’t keep their yaps shut any better than the assorted nutball who feels oddly compelled to share his views on rape despite the electoral lesson of very recent history. After years in the Bush-era calling non conservative traitors and terrorists whenever a whisper of criticism was raised against neocon policies, they’re now so moved by love of their country that they want to … flee it or burn it to the ground.