November 12, 2012
Obama’s victory has encouraged several U.S. citizens to petition the government to address grievances concerning statehood, pursuant to the rights entitled under the First Amendment.
Last week, a man from Louisiana drafted a petition requesting to opt his state out of the continental United States following the announcement that Obama had secured a second term as president. Now people from 19 other states have followed suit.
According to the White House Petitions website, a total of 20 states are gathering signatures on petitions that would force the Obama administration’s response to requests to “peacefully grant” states withdrawal from the U.S. and allow the creation of new state-governed bodies.
Although the signing of these petitions are mainly symbolic gestures illustrating America’s discontent with the Obama administration’s policies, they are quickly gaining signatures and popularity.
On November 7, Michael E. from Slidell created Lousiana’s petition with notable inspiration from the Declaration of Independence, which states “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Texas’ petition cites the NDAA and the TSA as “blatant” abuses of Americans’ rights: “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.”
Oregon’s petition asks to “Allow Oregon to vote on and leave the Union peacefully and remain an ally to the Nation,” saying, “The Federal Government has imposed policies on Oregon that are not in Oregon’s best intrests, and we as citizens would respectively and peacably seperate ourselves from a tyranical Government who cares nothing about creating a sustainable future for our children.”
Petitioning the government is nothing new, however, this new online signature format is. According to the Terms of Participation, each petition needs 25,000 signatures within 30 days before they require a response from the Obama administration.
These were the latest numbers as of writing this. Some states have two petitions:
1. Louisiana, 13,426
2. Texas, 18,012
3. Florida, 4,987
4. Alabama, 5,156
5. North Carolina, 4,623
6. Kentucky, 3,929
7. Mississippi, 3,849;
8. Indiana, 3,876;
9. North Dakota, 2,998
10. Montana, 3,378
11. Colorado, 3,746
12. Oregon, 3,230
13. New Jersey, 2,960
14. New York, 3,425
15. South Carolina, 3,193, 2,087
16. Arkansas, 1,537
17. Georgia, 3,912, 2,604
18. Missouri, 2,085, 2,781
19. Tennessee 3,656
20. Michigan 3,230
The number of states and the speed at which these petitions are procuring signatures are clear indicators that Americans are displeased with the election results and are waking up to the current administration’s flagrant corruption.