November 13, 2012
Citizens from 14 additional states have opened up petitions on the White House’s “We the People” petition submission site – the government’s “new, easy way for Americans to make their voice heard in our government” – asking to allow “peaceful withdrawal” from the continental United States, a staggering increase from the 20 states reported yesterday.
Concerned citizens from the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wyoming, to name a few, now all have petitions inching their way towards the signature threshold of 25,000 on the government site. If the petitions reach the threshold, they will require a response from the Obama administration.
After enough signatures are garnered, members from all major policy offices “will help determine which policy office in the White House or federal agency should review and respond to petitions and ensure that petition responses are posted as quickly as possible.”
So far, two states, Texas and Louisiana, have reached their required signature thresholds and will require responses. Florida’s petition should reach the threshold by the end of the day.
Here’s the latest list of states and signature counts as of writing this. Some citizens in a few states have opened up multiple petitions for the same state.
- Alaska (2,814)
- Alabama (19,718)
- Arizona (11,642)
- Arkansas (14,384)
- California (5,444)
- Colorado (14,111)
- Delaware (4,532)
- Florida (21,129)
- Georgia (19,802), Georgia (9,457)
- Indiana (12,938)
- Kansas (2,786)
- Kentucky (12,319)
- Louisiana (28,741)
- Michigan (12,868)
- Mississippi (12,355)
- Missouri (14,033), Missouri (11,065)
- Montana (9,634)
- Nebraska (1,879)
- Nevada (5,941)
- New Jersey (9,961)
- New York (3,974), New York (11,084)
- North Carolina (18,601)
- North Dakota (8,633)
- Ohio (1,010), Ohio (5,357)
- Oklahoma (3,681), Oklahoma (11,013)
- Oregon (10,158)
- Pennsylvania (2,420), Pennsylvania (7,624)
- S.C. (15,045), South Carolina (10,948)
- South Dakota (1,372)
- Tennessee (19,030)
- Texas (70,791)
- Utah (626), Utah (4,028)
- West Virginia (1,530)
- Wyoming (4,069)
Most of the petitions cite phrases straight out of the founding fathers’ Declaration of Independence, which 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.”
Alaska’s petition asks for a “free election” to allow citizens of Alaska to decide if they “should be a free and Independent Nation.”
It was suspected that petitions were only being submitted by states from the original confederacy, which could potentially indicate racism towards Obama; however, the support of various other states in the nation has helped quash that theory.
Not everyone’s on board with the idea. One person put up a petition asking for signatures to support the deportation of everyone that signed the previous secession petitions. Another asked the U.S. to strip the citizenship of those who signed petitions and to “exile them.”
According to the site’s FAQ section, anyone with a valid e-mail address and age “13 or older can create or sign an online petition seeking a federal government action on a range of issues. Then it’s up to the petition creator and signers to build support for the petition by gathering more signatures.”
Seth Masket, a political science professor at the University of Denver, told the Washington Times that petitions of this nature won’t be taken seriously by the president or the administration and are little more than grandiose gestures illustrating the discontent of voters. “It’s hard to see this as anything other than sour grapes,” Mr. Masket told the Washington Times via e-mail. “These petitions have no legal power and no president would ever agree to them. It’s a way to register dissent with the way the majority of the country voted last week, but it’s little beyond that.”
The White House will still have to come up with some type of response for petitions that reached the 25,000 mark but they don’t give a specific time frame for when a response should be expected.