Op-Ed: Conservative Erick Erickson — 'This is not the place for you'

Posted Nov 15, 2012 by Greta McClain
In what has seemingly become an unending parade of extremist ideals and references to the "Great Confederacy", a few voices are beginning to stand apart from the lunacy.
Erick Erickson  Editor-in-Chief of
Erick Erickson, Editor-in-Chief of
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A mere 72 hours after President Obama's re-election, petitions calling for secession from the United States began flooding the White House. Some who are unhappy that their candidate did not win have called for "revolution". Others have resorted to name calling, saying those that voted for the President are racist idiots. The names of Confederate generals and references to Civil War battles are being tossed about. These individuals appear desperate to turn the clock back more than 150 years, while forgetting that secession was deemed illegal in 1865, primarily due to Republican President Abraham Lincoln and, what was at the time, "red states".
Conservative commentator Bill Kristol has called for Republicans to "pull back", while asking if they are really willing to " fall on [their] sword to defend a bunch of millionaires"
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican, has told his party to “stop being the stupid party.”
Another voice has found its way out of the shrill, extremist ideological wilderness.
Erick Erickson, Editor-in-Chief of, has become the latest voice of reason in a growing tide of the unreasonable. He is telling those who seem determined to try and tear the country apart that they are no longer welcome. In an article on, Erickson says:
Barack Obama won the election.
He did not win by stealing the election. Voter irregularities always happen. It is one reason we support voter ID rules. But even in the worse scenario of reports out there, there were not enough tales of voter irregularities to matter nationwide. This is another benefit and built in safeguard of the electoral college.
Barack Obama won. He won by turning out the most people in a well run campaign. In other words, he won fair and square.
We here at RedState are American citizens. We have no plans to secede from the union. If you do, good luck with that, but this is not the place for you.
Many around the world look upon the United States in disbelief, even calling the events of the past week a "soap opera". Those citizens of the United States not caught up in the failed and outdated hyperbole of the Civil War era can only pray that more individuals like Erickson allow their voices to be heard.
Hopefully the voices of reason will begin to drown out the voices of childishness. Hopefully, in the not so distant future, the American people can begin to focus on the important tasks at hand and start to work together and show the world, and ourselves, that we are indeed the "United" States of America.