In the wake of Obama’s re-election to the presidency, citizens within 44 states have petitioned the White House for “peaceful” secession from the Union. One state, Oregon, even adds to the petition that they would remain an “ally” with the Union after secession. If you would like to peruse the current petitions to the White House, the link is right here.
The process for these petitions is quite simple. You log in, gather 150 signatures to make your petition “searchable,” and then gather 25,000 total signatures within 30 days of filing. If the 25,000 signature threshold is met within those 30 days, the White House will review the petition, send it to the correct policy committee, and then issue a decision.
A few unbiased observations:
Louisiana is the earliest of the filed petitions. Texas came shortly after. They have until December 7 to reach the 25,000 signature threshold. The most recent state to file is Iowa. They have until December 11.
A handful of states have already reached the required number of signatures. At the time I checked around 10:15pm on Tuesday, they were: Alabama (25,581 signatures), Florida (27,634 signatures), Georgia (26,286 signatures), Louisiana (32,162 signatures), Tennessee (25,293 signatures), Texas (92,070 signatures).
A few states have more than one petition on file. I’m not sure why this is. Those states are: Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. Kentucky, Missouri, and South Carolina would have enough signatures to meet the requirement if their separate petitions were combined, but none of their separate petitions have enough right now as they are.
At the time I checked the site, the total number of signatures combined on all secession petitions was 670,953. That sounds like a lot. But the current US population is over 313 million, so that 670 thousand is a mere drop in the bucket.
A few (somewhat biased) thoughts:
What exactly do the signers of these petitions expect to happen when they are reviewed by the White House? What policy committee will they go to? Will the administration seriously consider allowing most, or even a few, of the states in this country to secede and become their own sovereign nations? Would they then be able to be allies with the US? I highly doubt it.
I’m not sure that the people who have signed these petitions really understand what the act of signing means. I do understand the frustration following this election. I’m not a fan of this current administration myself. But I am still American, and I’m not about to put my name on something declaring I no longer want to be a citizen of this country. I’m not a traitor.
Worst case scenario – this could lead to civil war. Last time states tried to secede from the Union, it didn’t work. Just a reminder.
Bottom line: I think this has crossed a line. I find it incredibly interesting that this has been a reaction to this election. I’m curious to see what happens once those 30-day signature deadlines come and go. Will the White House even acknowledge these petitions? How will they respond? Will this backfire big time?
I haven’t even touched on what a Christian response to this should be, but I don’t think revolt is the biblical response to tyranny, although it is a very American response. (Yes, there’s a difference.) I might dig into that in a later post. Sorry to touch that so lightly and leave it unexplored.
Thoughts? If you are conservative, did you sign one of the petitions? If so, what was your thought process? If you are conservative, did you decide not to? Why not? I’m curious to hear other conservative perspectives on this.
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