Yes, you heard that right. There are people in every state in the U.S. that have submitted and signed petitions to ask permission for their state to secede from the United States of America. The petitions specifically mention injustices suffered under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
As of today, there are 830,618 signatures on these petitions. Petitions in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas have surpassed the 25,000 signature threshold required in order to elicit an official response from the White House.
The U.S. population in 2012 is roughly 312.8 million people. So the signatories amount to roughly 0.27 percent of the U.S. population, yet these people want entire states to secede from the United States.
So, here’s an OpEd for anyone that wants their state to secede from the union:
I have a few questions for secessionists. If you .27 percenters don’t like the way the rest of your fellow Americans voted, then why not just leave? Most of the petitions ask for permission to “peacefully grant to withdraw.” Why are you begging for permission like little kids? Why not get up and leave and show the world how you feel? Stick to your principles. Move away and take FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and the Palin family with you. If you do, America’s average IQ will probably go up 40 points.
I’m sure you can find another country where less than one percent of the population can dictate policy to the other 99.7+ percent. There are countries that mix religion and politics, persecute homosexuals, do not give women equal rights, do not tax the ultra-rich, and do not hold free elections. They may make a good fit for you. Try Iran or Saudi Arabia first and if that doesn’t work for you, I’m sure there are several other third world dictatorships that’d be happy to have you.
Don’t even think about Australia, though, because they have single payer universal health care, strict gun laws, compulsory voting, no death penalty, pro choice when it comes to contraception, openly gay politicians and judges, an unmarried atheist as a Prime Minister, and evolution is taught in all schools.
And I wouldn’t recommend Canada either, because you probably already know how horrible their “socialist” health care system is from listening to Fox news. In fact, most of “socialized” Europe wouldn’t be recommended, because citizens and businesses in many European countries pay higher taxes than Americans so they can have things like universal health care, a public transportation system that makes America’s look like a third world country’s, dams and levee systems that actually do protect them from flooding and businesses that are regulated and required to allow 30-35 hour work weeks and up to 6 weeks of paid vacation for all employees. You’d hate all the “socialists” there.
Listen crybabies, half of the voters in this nation had to put up with stolen elections in 2000 and 2004 and a President that they didn’t like. You didn’t see any petitions to secede then, did you? You didn’t see the other half of the electorate crying to secede and signing online petitions when Bush created the TSA and rammed the PATRIOT Act down our throats. Where were your petitions while the Bush administration created these agencies, passed legislation like that, started unnecessary wars, let Wall Street run amok, and bankrupted our country?
Real Americans support the United States of America and work within its political system to change leadership. They work within its judicial system to change laws. For example, some of the “liberal elite” that you seem to despise, such as Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Wolf, Cornel West, and Daniel Ellsberg were the first to challenge the NDAA with a lawsuit.
Alaska’s petition asks for a “free election” to allow citizens of Alaska to decide if they “should be a free and independent nation.” That’s a stupid thing to write. Every state has a right to hold their own elections whenever they want to. The U.S. just had a free election and every American had a chance to vote in it, except for the Ron Paul delegates.
Texas has the most signatures? Fine, invade Mexico, move your border south 200 miles and rename your state Tejas – we’ll do OK without you. Just go away and don’t ask to come back when you lose the revenue from the 20 or so military bases there. Have fun patrolling your own borders when the border patrol is removed. And don’t cry for help when the next hurricane hits. Texas would be a third world country in no time without being part of the U.S. Besides, the blue states would get most of your electoral votes, thereby nearly ensuring that we’d never have to put up with one of your politicians running, excuse me, ruining the country again.
And as for you Floridians that signed this – fine, your state can go too. With all your retirees and welfare recipients off the rolls, it would help balance the Medicaid, Social Security and federal budgets. And same goes for you when the next hurricane hits. Good luck having your newly free and sovereign state pay for all of that!
I have seen dozens of posts in blogs from secessionists about taking “our” country back. Whose country is it if it isn’t ours? Yours? How is it logical or even sane to call it “our” country when you make up less than one half percent of the population? Take your country back from what? The black man in the white house?
So now, you sign petitions asking permission for your state and everyone else in it to secede because you don’t like the election results? Are you kidding me? Instead of asking permission for your state and the other 99.7+ percent of sane people who live there to secede, why not move to a better country? If I were President Obama I would be laughing at your petitions. I’d put all of you at the top of the waiting list for passports and personally stamp them.
Real Americans stick with their country no matter what happens and if they do not like something, they get involved to try to change things from within, not try to break up the country. Anyone with a functional brain, who understands politics knows that the chances of secession being granted to any state are about the same as you being abducted by aliens, dropped in a Bigfoot encampment, and being served gluten-free pizza there. So, your best bet is to pack it up and go if you hate America that much.
It’s funny that more than one petition was filed in several states – the people signing these probably can’t read and forgot someone else already filed it for them. It is also ironic that all of the states who garnered more than 25,000 signatures are states that are vulnerable to hurricanes and have recently received federal disaster aid. And if you secessionists are so worried about the NDAA and that “dictator” Obama, then it was real bright to sign your name for secession on a government web site. You probably saved the Department of Homeland Security a lot of time and the taxpayers some money by making it easier for them to add your names to their watch list.
A small percentage of the population are acting like petulant children that kick over the game board when they know they’ve lost. So, I put together a fun slideshow for you secessionists. It’s called “Deal with it or LEAVE!”
Have fun watching!