Secession 4

The Daily Caller reports:

On Nov.7, the day after President Barack Obama was re-elected, the White House’s website received a petition asking the administration to allow Louisiana to secede.

If 25,000 people sign the petition by Dec. 7, it will “require a response” from the Obama administration …

The Louisiana petition has collected more than 12,300 signatures in four days. A separate effort from Texas has 15,400 supporters.

Similar petitions from 18 other states began arriving Nov. 9, bringing the total — for the moment — to 20.

And this is from the Washington Times:

From states across the country, Americans have filed petitions on the White House Web site seeking to secede from the union and form new state governments.

While most of the petitions come from states that supported Mitt Romney in last week’s election, a few swing states and even the deep blue Northeast are represented.

Petitions have been filed for Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

“We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Alabama to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government,” reads the Alabama petition. The following text is the same in most of the 20 filed so far:

As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:

“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 …”

Most of the petitions have a few thousand signatures … Under the “We the People” program, launched last year, the White House will respond to any petition that receives 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days. Anyone over the age of 13 can create a petition.

The petitions from Louisiana and Texas … are approaching the threshold for a response. They were the first two states represented, followed by Alabama. Petitioners only have to put a first name and last initial on the site.

We feel their pain.

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Posted under United States, US Constitution by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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  • liz

    Bible belt or not, I’ll move to Texas if this succeeds!

    • http://www.facebook.com/steve.m.cardon Steve M Cardon

      …I don’t recommend El Paso;-)

    • Andrew M

      I visited the state a few months ago. Great weather and a delightful can-do attitude.

      The constitution of the original Texas republic acknowledges that the military and the priesthood are the perennial enemies of liberty. Despite that, Christianity is still shamefully a big part of civic life in the state. One sign I saw in the middle of ranch country said “GOD LOVES YOU – PRAISE HIM”. Assuming God even exists, no, he clearly doesn’t love me if he is going to subject me to eternal torture for daring to think for myself, and even if he does exist, I refuse to praise him for this very reason.

      Nevertheless, Austin has a vibrant atheist community whose main claim to fame is a public-access television channel called The Atheist Experience. While they thankfully do not cover politics often, the few times they do show a marked anti-Republican streak – not just on social issues (which I would not mind by itself), but economic ones as well.

      In situations with these two cultures in play, I suspect they might both detest you in equal measure. A right-wing contingency of freethinkers might be just what the state needs to thrive and exploit its still-vast troves of fossil fuels, though (you can educate them on why they are called such).

      Of course, I am no expert on the state, so take my words with a grain of salt. I should note that you might want to reconsider your move if you have small children, for their public schools follow the grossly unethical Biblical mandate of “spare the rod, spoil the child”. Of course, your mileage may vary, especially if you can invest in private schooling.

  • Andrew M