“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The first amendment to the Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights, ensures we have a right to redress grievances. The people of 19 states are doing just that.
Petitioners in 19 states are telling the Obama administration that they want out of the union. It started on November 7th with Louisiana, and since then, 18 more states have been added. There are separate petitions for 19 states, mostly all using the same verbiage, asking for permission to “peacefully withdraw from the United States and form a NEW government.”
The majority of these appear to be a copy/paste operation. Most are simply text from the Declaration of Independence, without any specific terms, issues, or details to describe the grievances.
The Louisiana petition, as of this writing has over 10,000 signatures, reads as follows:
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…”The Texas petition however is unique and cites specific reasons for the petition.
The text of the Texas petition is below:
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.
Whether these petitions are a result of the recent election directly or indirectly, it would appear that there are people who are not happy with the direction this country is headed. They have given up with the current system and do not feel that it can be fixed. They are unhappy with laws that have been passed that take away liberties, privacy, and freedom. They are unhappy with the economy. Since there are tens of thousands of signatures so far, I can’t even begin to guess the individual motivations, there are many reasons I’m sure. They feel that the only option at this point in time is to remove themselves from the United States of America and start anew.
As of 11 Nov 2012, petitions have been created for the following states:
Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, South Carolina, New York, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana.
I’ve taken the liberty to provide you with a graphic:
I have always believed, and still do, that the United States of America is the greatest collection of individuals that has ever existed. I believe that we have it in ourselves to stand together and learn from our mistakes. If something is wrong, it can be fixed. While I understand, and am slightly sympathetic, I don’t believe that throwing a tantrum and stomping off is the answer. “Well if I can’t be the quarterback, I’m taking my football home and nobody is playing.” It saddens me greatly that we have so many disenchanted countrymen.
The website https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitions is the tool provided by the administration that provides the ability with individuals to create petitions for the administration to answer and/or take action. “We the People – Your voice in our government” is prominently displayed at the top of the page. According to the site, “…a minimum number of signatures is necessary in a given amount of time in order for the petition to be reviewed by the White House, distributed to the appropriate policy officials within the Administration and receive an official response. This response will be posted and linked to the petition on WhiteHouse.gov, as well as emailed to all of the petition signers.”
Additionally, the site states “To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 25,000 signatures within 30 days.”
Update #1 – 11 Nov 2012 23:02 PST
A petition has been added for the state of Arkansas.
A duplicate petition has been added for South Carolina
A duplicate petition has been added for Missouri
Update #2 – 12 Nov 2012 16:14 PST
A petition has been added for the state of Oklahoma
A petition has been added for the state of Arizona
A petition has been added for the state of Pennsylvania
Update #3 – 12 Nov 2012 20:12 PST
Petitions advocating the secession for the following states have been added: Nevada, Delaware, Ohio, California, Utah, and Wyoming. A duplicate petition was created for New York.
What does this say about the state of the union? Are they justified, are they setting themselves up for disappointment?
Personally I find it unlikely that a few of these states will get the signatures required for a response, considering the overwhelming support they have for the current administration.