Many Americans feel so strongly that the re-election of Barack Obama is not representative of the wishes of their region that they no longer wish to be a part of the United States. Residents of 30 states across the country have petitioned to secede from the United States and form their own governments. Not since the 1860s has there been such unrest with the status quo, when 11 Southern states seceded from the Union, spurring the onset of the American Civil War.
According to the Declaration of Independence, signed in 1776, they are well within their rights to alter the government as it stands.
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
“…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government…”
The White House website has a section called “We the People”, set up to support the first amendment right to petition the government regarding grievances. According to the site:
The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. We the People provides a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. We created We the People because we want to hear from you. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.
Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Indiana, North Dakota, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Colorado, New York, South Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Nevada, California, Wyoming, Utah, Kansas, and Nebraska all have active petitions. Alaska has a petition for a vote to be held so the citizens of that state can decide whether or not they wish to secede.
The petitions require a certain number of signatures to receive attention from the administration.
To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days.
To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 25,000 signatures within 30 days.
All of the petitions mentioned above have crossed the first threshold. At the time of publication, two of the earliest petitioners had met the requirements. Texas had more than doubled the threshold with 60, 944 signatures and Louisiana had also crossed with 26, 452 signatures. This means that by the guidelines set out by the Obama administration itself, the petitions must be given consideration.
The Texas petition points out the economic reasons that the state would be better standing on its own:
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.
Texas governor Rick Perry does not support the move to secede. His press secretary, Catherine Frazier said in an email to the Dallas Morning News that Perry “believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it.” She added, “But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas, that are making tough decisions to live within their means, keep taxes low and provide opportunities to job creators so their citizens can provide for their families and prosper.”
In response, two petitions have been written by people who wish to punish those who signed the secession petitions: “Deport Everyone That Signed A Petition To Withdraw Their State From The United States Of America” and “Strip the Citizenship from Everyone who Signed a Petition to Secede and Exile Them.” These petitions each had under 700 signatures at the time of publication.
Another petition that has received 33,983 signatures is “Recount the Election“. The petition states:
It has become blatantly obvious the voter fraud that was committed during the 2012 Presidential elections. In one county alone in Ohio, which was a battleground state, President Obama received 106,258 votes…but there were only 98,213 eligible voters. It’s not humanly possible to get 108% of the vote!
Americans are beginning to see the writing on the wall. They are becoming more aware all the time that something is not right in this country. They are making a peaceful call to action.
The Declaration of Independence is behind the movement all the way, even as far as calling the natural right to revolution a duty.
“..when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government…”
As of last night, there had been no response by the White House. Perhaps they feel if they ignore the petitioners, they’ll go away?
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