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Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Texas, Louisiana Get Enough Signatures on Secession Petition to Force Obama Response

Ah, the beauty of America, a country where the Obama White House created an online process to petition the government for changes—and where residents of at least 31 states have started petition drives to secede from the United States after President Obama’s reelection triumph.

This is truly democracy at work: Giving the citizenry the power to entertain any idea it wishes—no matter how ridiculous or irrational.

It is noteworthy to assess the difference between how Democrats and Republicans deal with crushing defeat. In 2000, even though Al Gore had more popular votes, George W. Bush won the presidency only after the Supreme Court handed it to him, allowing Florida’s highest court to order the state of Florida to stop counting ballots. Yet Democrats accepted their fate, however bitterly, and resolved to work harder to beat him the next time—though they narrowly lost again with John Kerry in 2004.

Republicans have lost twice in a row, both times quite handily, yet we are getting talk of secession all over the union. It is instructive to consider how Republicans might have responded had either the 2008 or 2012 election been ultimately decided by a Supreme Court decision—there likely would have been widespread calls to abolish the court system, or burn Washington to the ground.

Since the White House “We the People” program gives any citizen the power to start a petition drive, any disgruntled Republican in any state has the ability to embarrass his or her state with impractical calls to secede from the U.S. As might be expected, the state of Texas leads the pack on the White House site. As of 8:45 this morning, the site had 62,630 signatures. This is far more than the 25,000 signatures needed to elicit an official response from the U.S. government. The signatures on the Texas petition mean that some unfortunate White House official will now have to craft a response from the Obama administration, as explained in the following statement:

“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.”

Texas has a rich history of secession talk—though, to be fair, all the states of the South, also formerly known as the Confederacy, have much to be proud of in this regard, since they actually acted on their secession threats. Texas officially voted to secede from the Union in 1861. One expects the results will be different this time.

This is how the Texas petition describes its reasoning behind secession:

“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.”

Louisiana also passed the 25,000 threshold with 27,028 signatures. Behind Texas and Louisiana, the other leading secession threats are:

South Carolina, 13,888

Arkansas, 13,207

Georgia, 17,807

Tennessee, 17, 356

Colorado, 13,171

Alabama, 17,897

Florida, 19,135

North Carolina, 16,794

In addition to Georgia’s 17,807 signatures, there is another petition for the state of “georgia” to secede that has 9,000 signatures. Unfortunately the creator of this petition apparently didn’t realize the state is spelled with a capital letter—though we have gotten word that the Georgia school system next week will be introducing alphabetic capitalization to the curriculum to correct these problems in the future. No word from the White House on whether it will add the Georgia and georgia petitions together, which would give the Peach State enough for its own White House response.

By the way, one should not think that only red states won by Romney have gotten significant signatures on their petitions. For instance, the state of New York might be proud to know it has a combined 14,000 or so signatures on two separate petitions—it would be just like New York to be too impatient to scroll down to the bottom of the list to see that there was already a New York petition drive before starting a second one.

 

About Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 12 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, in addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine.

Comments

  1. How embarrassing… People don't get what they want and they want to run away like children. Pathetic. I am SURE this helps the global outlook on the US.

  2. Just a little history. Texas was not made a state until 1878.

    • Yes, Texas won the freedom to be a independent Republic in war with Mexico. When it joined the Union it retained the power to divide into five states, to maintain a military force and to succeed from the if it desired to do in the future.
      Did that later, but the first GOP president did not agree so here we are.

  3. My bad! It was 1845.

  4. Instead of secession… how about changing the voting process, which is long overdue. I have started a petition on the White House site, but it requires at least 150 signatures to be publicly visible on the site and 25,000 signatures to get a White House response. Would love to get your help! http://wh.gov/9s3Z

  5. Even without the supreme court's intervention, bush would still have won florida, that has been proven by independent recounts by major newspapers in the country. Get over it, it was 12 years ago. Why not give states the right to Opt-out of certain federal laws, Obama allowed certain states the right to exempt themselves from the goals of the No child left behind act, let the states chose to exempt or opt-out of the NDAA, the TSA, and the Affordable healthcare Act.

  6. Burton K Harper says:

    Another liberal mocking freedom of speech. Why am I not surprised when President Obama spits in the face of freedom of religion by forcing Catholic institutions to provide things that are against their beliefs. You are intelligent and write well, use those tools to defend our freedoms and liberties rather than mock those who dare to stand for them.

    • Understand that this nation is not religious so no institution that receives taxpayer dollars should be allowed to force its teachings on any US citizen. I bet you would react differently if he said that mosques or other muslim institutions should not force the young women to wear abayas. Let's try to rid ourselves of hypocrisy.

  7. Carol Comeaux McWhorter says:

    I think Nick Chiles is missing the point about these petitions. I believe these petitions are not just a result of one side or another having been defeated in the election. In my opinion it goes much deeper. This country is now divided fundamentally. It is divided between people who want more government and therefore more government control over their lives and those people who want a smaller government and less government control in thier lives. In other words the latter want more "Freedom". This Freedom is a basic and fundamental part of our lives as Americans. It is the whole reason the Country was founded to begin with. It is the reason so many have gave their lives in defense of this Country. Many see this administration as a threat to these Freedoms. The defense of The American's Freedom whether it be on a battlefield, courtroom, Congress , or in the submission of a petition is not a trivial thing. To suggest that the writers and/or the people who sign these petitions do so as sore loosers is insulting to say the least.

    • Its not about freedom, its not even about perceived freedom. How has government encroached on American freedoms in the last 60 years? No, this is sadly something far more simplistic and sinister

    • Carol Comeaux McWhorter says:

      For me it is about Freedom. Forcing me to buy something I don't want to buy. Where there is no choice for me to choose from. Everytime you turn on the news some part of our govt is encroaching into our lives and telling us what we can do and not do, whether its on the local, state or federal level. For God's sake when a Mayor or Governor tells people they are not allowed to give a homeless or hungry person food after a hurricane because they can't guarantee the sodium or fat content something is out of whack! Its a mentalitiy that has permeated throughout our government, that we can't make our own decisions. Even when it comes to the size of soda we want to buy! Furthermore we as Americans are loosing our self reliance due to the ever growing government of today.

    • Its funny that America was a Utopia just 4 years ago and now all of sudden its the most unbearable country to live in! Now that the status qou no longer has complete control of all facets of America they want to secede from the union and move on! America has never been yours you discovered a land that was already occupied! So don't secede pack your bags and leave that will leave fewer idiots to deal with on a daily basis!

  8. Obviously, this journalist is a dumbocrat making fun of all the states wanting to secede. He is missing the point ENTIRELY. This country is really broken and it is due to electing burka boy into office. Why doesn't the media get it? Are they as stupid and out of the loop like this Administration? They have to be.

  9. Really glad Florida is one of the states. I thought all was lost with them, but it appears they have more sense than 50% of the other citizens in US who voted for burka boy.

  10. I love this. American values at its core. Buy it, steal it, accuse the winners. If all else fails … throw a tanteum an

  11. James Rookard says:

    I can not beleive people are this upset about Obamacare. They don't want health insurance…but do want auto insurance which the government require! People are weird!

    • Kevin Nelson says:

      Not only that we are already paying for it it's called welfare. but you have to qualify for that

    • James Rookard says:

      Think about it, you drive carefully everyday so you won't have to benefi from auto insurance…health insurance on the other hand you have no idea when the need will come, but know the need is coming! Logic tells me I would rather take my chances with my car as opposed to my own health! As I said…people are weird!

    • A 2,700 page bill that invents 18,000 pages of regulations is so disruptive and intrusive in the lives of health care insurers, providers and consumers is bound to be seen as government health care or socialized medicine with all of its duplication waste inefficiency patronage and corruption typical of other poorly huge government programs. We are from the government and here to help you with the Affordable Health Care Act but we need a few more billions to sell it to you.

  12. Has nothing to do with republicans and democrats u silly sheep.

  13. The secession movement is just another example of disgust and dissatisfaction in reaction to the policies flowing out of this government. The federal government is not the temporary occupant of the White House but Congressional legislation encouraged and signed by that occupant. That is what we get when we allow a one party to have control of government. While all the damage cannot be repaired some was stopped after the midterms and more can be rolled back in the next. This President will have two years to veto any radical measures that come out of a GOP majority of Congress so expect to be stuck with the A.C.A..

  14. Don Leonard says:

    Benjamin Jackson – America was never a Utopia. Ever. It is now a fascist police state. Run by international bankers and their corporate ilk.

    If they secede, then they have effectively neutered the globalists who use America to dominate/seize control of the world, those whom will take your sovereignty anyhow. Win, win…

  15. Don Leonard says:

    And are you really that stuck in ignorance and belief you see a difference between G.W. Bush and Boom Boom Obama?

    They are both corporate puppets, and your elections are a farce. Why on earth do you still play that "useful idiots"game that the fascists just love?

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