The Obama Administration responded earlier today to petitions generated and signed by citizens in 8 states. The states addressed include: South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Louisiana.
The response was given by Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement.
The Office of Public Engagement coordinates direct opportunities between the Obama Administration and the American people.
The overall response received from Carson seemed to imply that the states need to pull together more now than ever while working together to strengthen the economy.
Carson stated, “Our founding fathers established the Constitution of the United States "in order to form a more perfect union" through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. They enshrined in that document the right to change our national government through the power of the ballot; a right that generations of Americans have fought to secure for all. But they did not provide a right to walk away from it.
Many ask if Carson’s knew what he was speaking of when making the statement, “the Constitution did not give the states the right to walk away especially when speaking of Texas”.
The citizen generated petition that sparked Carson’s response requested a peaceful withdrawal from the United States in order to create its own new government. Signatures obtained from citizens in the state of Texas totaled 125,746
Interesting facts about the state of Texas:
1. Based on the State’s Constitution Texas could separate into 5 states without the permission of Congress.
2. Texas was an Independent Nation for 10 years.
3. Texas previously had its own presidents and currency.
4. If Texas was an Independent Nation it would be the 13 largest economy in the world.
5. The population of Texas is larger than Australia.
6. Texas gives more money to the federal government than it gets back.
While session may not be the answer, citizens from numerous states are eager to have their voices heard and want action.