The united states of secession

Wow? I’ve joked that if so-and-so gets elected, I’m relocating to another country. But, curious doings are afoot. Some US citizens in many states have rallied their fellow citizens – and taken their displeasure to a whole new level. They’re petitioning to secede.

At this writing, reports confirm that anywhere from 30-40 states have filed petitions to secede from the US after President Obama’s re-election. The “We the People” website, which the Obama White House set up in 2011 as a grievance portal, has been overwhelmed with formal secession requests.

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The 37 confirmed states for which petitions have been submitted are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Attention must be paid

Three of those states: Florida, Louisiana, and Texas have received >25,000 signatures which means The White House must act on the petition.

The Texas petition (the largest) reads:

“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.”

OK. Let’s forget for the moment that there’s a typo. Next, practically feasible? Hmmm. Didn’t the great state of Texas try to secede after Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860?

So would removal of federal funding, and I don’t know how much that is, allow the huge state with its many problems – including immigration and income inequality – the ability to survive and thrive? Maybe. Texas has the second-largest population of millionaires, lots of oil and apparently a lower unemployment rate than that of the nation. And Texas also seems to have a unique annexation agreement.

The grass is always greener

I say go, if that’s the general state consensus. Vive l’indépendance!

But it doesn’t appear that Governor Rick Perry (R) is behind the movement. His press secretary issued this statement:

“Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government.”

Spoken like a true politician.

So, once the petitions are filed, how do you suppose the auto-response from The White House reads? Jeff Turrentine of Slate.com wrote a funny, and probably accurate one:

“Thank you for your interest in seceding from the United States of America. We appreciate and share your concern about the fragile state of our union. Unfortunately, at this time …”

Illustration/animation: ©2012, Janet Giampietro

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