We know that the Obama administration pays attention to citizen petitions started on the White House’s official website; Press Secretary Jay Carney cited a petition as the reason the White House released its top-secret beer recipe this summer. What to make, then, of the nearly 20 petitions that have popped up in the last few days asking for states to secede from the Union in the aftermath of President Obama’s reelection?
It’s believed a petition from Louisiana started the ball rolling, and citizens from more and more states have jumped on board. Consider, for example, the text of this petition asking for Texas to withdraw from the United States:
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.
With the looming implementation of Obamacare a done deal, liberals haven’t hesitated to blame announcements of layoffs and hiring freezes on rich, angry right-wingers having a post-election hissy fit. Oh, and racism. So it didn’t take long for the Left to lay into the Tea Party as sore losers.
Liberals would never stoop so low as to entertain leaving the country, would they? Many will remember the calls for blue states to secede after George W. Bush’s reelection, handily covered in this 2004 piece in Salon. (Fair warning: Do not drink hot liquids while reading it, or you’ll ruin your monitor when you get to the line, “Liberals have long opposed the growth of state power.”)
It might surprise some of the “sore loser” crowd to learn that many conservatives are not on board with the idea of secession at all, even at the “let’s start an online petition” stage.
Others, though, are giving the thought serious consideration, and at the least consider the petitions a message that needs to be heard at the White House. Will its occupants give it the attention they gave to the White House beer recipe?