White House Responds to Secession Petitions
In States Filing Petitions for Secession I wrote about how virtually every state had a Whitehouse.gov petition for secession. I said that internet petitions are usually exercises in futility, but sometimes they can force someone to take a few minutes out of their day to address it. If a petition on Whitehouse.gov gets enough signatures, by policy they have to respond to it and the Obama administration just did that this week.
He said basically everything you would expect. Honestly, it wasn’t a bad response. “Boy, we sure do have a lot of differences, but let’s work together!”, along with mentioning that secession is illegal and bringing up the fact that 600,000 Americans died the last time secession was tried. I’m sure someone out there took that as a subtle threat.
Just like last time I posted about secession, I don’t really think there’s anything going on at the moment but I think it’s something we’ll hear a lot more of in the next 10 years for some of the reasons laid out in The 2012 Election and The Elephant Outside The Room
I think Daily Kos is a joke, but I linked to their article for a reason. Reading the comments and the tone they take with the people signing the petitions says a lot about how divided we are as a country. Very few people are talking about how to reconcile the wishes of red states to be red as the country around them becomes increasingly blue. Instead of asking questions like “how do we allow conservatives in North Dakota to live the way they want without dictating it to liberals in New York City?”, there’s a lot of ridicule, name calling, and expecting people to just “deal with it”. If the people/places signing the petitions are so fucked up, why are these people so ardent about keeping them in the union? You would think they would fall all over themselves to help the “teabaggers” go off on their own. It is notable that the people signing the secession petitions aren’t asking the other states to do anything special beyond let them go their own way. The more I read and see the less likely I think this country will remain “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”. In the meantime, I’ll just continue to do my own personal form of secession from all of the bullshit they put on the news every day. I’m more interested in insulating myself from other people’s bad choices than arguing with them why they’re wrong anymore.