Me, a secessionist?
I never saw myself that way. I don’t want to tear the union asunder, divide the nation, and risk plunging our country into another tragic civil war.
But there was my name, or at least Tom L, on the petition to allow South Dakota to secede from the union. I think it has been removed, and I am trying to ensure that happens, but for a few minutes anyway, there it was.
I am writing a story on the secession movement in South Dakota, and was reading the petition at whitehouse.gov, when I clicked on a button that I thought would take me to a list of names. Nope, it added Tom L to the petition.
So this is a heads-up. Beware of adding your name to a petition, however accidentally. I don’t sign petitions in grocery store parking lots, on street corners or anywhere else they are stuck in your face. But the whitehouse.gov website snared me.
Just to put it on the record: I like the United States of America. Hell, I love this country. I put my hand over my heart when we say the Pledge of Allegiance at City Council meetings, I stand up and croak out the National Anthem at ballgames and other events, and I enjoy baseball, apple pie and have owned and driven Chevrolets.
There. I hope I succeeded in making my point.