I came across a interesting item on the news this evening and had to look into further. The White House website (www.whitehouse.gov) has a page with petitions. There are right now 72 petitions ranging in topics from legalizing marijuana to ending aid to Uganda to Secession.
Yes, secession as in a state leaving the United States of America and forming their own government. Currently there are petitions requesting the President allow the state to leaving the union from Pennsylvania; Arizona; Oklahoma; Arkansas; two for South Carolina, Georgia and Missouri each; Tennessee, Michigan, New York, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama Texas and Louisiana in that order. Texas had 35,028 signatures as of this writing, well over the 25,000 that is needed to require the President to take some kind of action.
And many others have the momentum to hit the 25,000 mark as well by their expiry dates.
Some of them are well written, quoting the Founding Fathers or the Declaration of Independence as the one of the Missouri petitions does (Missouri has about 11,000 signatures and enough time to hit 25,000). For example Missouri’s and Alabama’s petitions (and probably others but I didn’t read them all) states
“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.”
Compelling, perhaps; likely to happen, not.
But since Texas has hit is mark we should all pay attention to the Presidents response which will be posted on each petitions mini site.
For more details go to https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions and maybe sign a couple if you so inclined. At least these people are participating in our government, which is more than I can say for a lot of people.
With all due respect,