Our Views: Secession talk is unpatriotic

We think that Gov. Bobby Jindal said just the right thing when asked about a petition being circulated on the Internet for Louisiana to secede from the Union. Similar petitions have surfaced in a number of other states since President Barack Obama was re-elected on Nov. 6, fueled by right-wing anxiety about the president’s policies.

“It’s silly,” Jindal said about the Louisiana petition in a prepared statement. “We are proud to be part of the greatest country in the history of the world. Whatever our political differences, we are Americans first,” added the Republican governor, a frequent Obama critic.

We believe that Jindal speaks for most Louisiana residents in professing his love for the United States of America. Talk of secession is deeply unpatriotic — and profoundly insulting to the men and women in harm’s way abroad who are serving in the American military’s defense of U.S. interests.

We don’t take these secession petitions seriously, but the fact that someone would bother to post such a document — and that thousands would apparently sign it — points to how sick our political discourse has become.

We commend the governor for reminding us that regardless of party, we continue to stand under the same flag — the good old Stars and Stripes.