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BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

Just two weeks after President Barack Obama’s reelection, residents of 20 states are signing online petitions on the White House’s website, asking to secede. And no — we didn’t get this from The Onion.
 

It all started with this petition. On Nov. 7, a Louisiana man implored the White House to “Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” The petition went on to quote the Declaration of Independence.


Using the same language, residents from 19 other states have followed suit — states that are an assorted mish mash of staunchly red states, such as Texas and Mississippi; swing states, such as Colorado and Florida; and even blue states, such as Delaware and New Jersey.
 

As of Monday night, only Texas has reached the 25,000 signatures within the 30 days required to get an official White House response.
 

But the We the People petition platform — launched in September 2011 by the White House and called an experiment — has yet to produce any groundbreaking response from the administration.
 

Unless you count this one — where one guy successfully petitioned for the White House kitchen to release the recipe of exclusive White House Honey Ale brew.
 

Back in March, Mashable reported critics of the platform say “it only presents the illusion that the White House is listening to citizens. Some argue that the White House ignores or gives half-answers to petitions that cross the 25,000 signature threshold but may be politically embarrassing.”
 

But the petitions are largely symbolic anyway. As Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in a letter in 2006 — “If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede. (Hence, in the Pledge of Allegiance, “one Nation, indivisible.’)” (From the New York Personal Injury Blog)
 

Or, in the words of Yahoo News’s Mike Krumboltz...
 

“The odds of the American government granting any state permission to go its own way are on par with winning the lottery while getting hit by a meteor while seeing Bigfoot while finding gluten-free pizza that tastes like the real thing.”

 

 

Residents of 20 States Petition to Secede from the U.S.

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Nov 12, 2012

Residents of 20 States Petition to Secede from the U.S.

 

(Image Source: Whitehouse.gov) 


BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

 

Just two weeks after President Barack Obama’s reelection, residents of 20 states are signing online petitions on the White House’s website, asking to secede. And no — we didn’t get this from The Onion.
 

It all started with this petition. On Nov. 7, a Louisiana man implored the White House to “Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” The petition went on to quote the Declaration of Independence.


Using the same language, residents from 19 other states have followed suit — states that are an assorted mish mash of staunchly red states, such as Texas and Mississippi; swing states, such as Colorado and Florida; and even blue states, such as Delaware and New Jersey.
 

As of Monday night, only Texas has reached the 25,000 signatures within the 30 days required to get an official White House response.
 

But the We the People petition platform — launched in September 2011 by the White House and called an experiment — has yet to produce any groundbreaking response from the administration.
 

Unless you count this one — where one guy successfully petitioned for the White House kitchen to release the recipe of exclusive White House Honey Ale brew.
 

Back in March, Mashable reported critics of the platform say “it only presents the illusion that the White House is listening to citizens. Some argue that the White House ignores or gives half-answers to petitions that cross the 25,000 signature threshold but may be politically embarrassing.”
 

But the petitions are largely symbolic anyway. As Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in a letter in 2006 — “If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede. (Hence, in the Pledge of Allegiance, “one Nation, indivisible.’)” (From the New York Personal Injury Blog)
 

Or, in the words of Yahoo News’s Mike Krumboltz...
 

“The odds of the American government granting any state permission to go its own way are on par with winning the lottery while getting hit by a meteor while seeing Bigfoot while finding gluten-free pizza that tastes like the real thing.”

 

 

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