Some people are really having a difficult time facing the reality of a Black president; so difficult in fact, citizens from 20 states — and counting — have filed petitions at We The People on WhiteHouse.gov to be granted permission to leave the union.
The states include: Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Colorado, New Jersey, Montana, Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New York, Arkansas and Oregon.
According to the terms of participation for “We The People,” as of October 3, 2011, petitions that meet the listed criteria become searchable on WhiteHouse.gov once — and if — they reach 150 signatures within 30 days. If that is accomplished, for President Obama to actively consider a petition, it must reach 25,000 signatures within the remainder of the same 30 day period.
The White House reserves the right to change the time limit and number of signatures required.
Click the hyperlinks above to view the petitions and the number of signatures each state has acquired to date.
Texas, in particular, has an outspoken advocate for the state’s secession from the union. Writing for a Tea Party newsletter, Hardin County Republican treasurer, Peter Morrison, called Obama supporters “maggots” who voted on an “ethnic basis”:
“‘They’ re-elected Obama,” Morrison wrote. “He is their president.”
While there are several of the president’s policies that one could object too, at heart he is a moderate Democrat — no more, no less. Couple that with the fact that no other president since Lincoln has spawned calls of secession, it’s clear that the perceived “otherness” of President Obama is the reason for this sudden need to leave the United States simply because the person in the White House is [insert code word for Black here].
Also included on the list of recent petitions is one that calls for a recount of the presidential election, stating:
It has become blatantly obvious the voter fraud that was committed during the 2012 Presidential elections. In one county alone in Ohio, which was a battleground state, President Obama received 106,258 votes…but there were only 98,213 eligible voters. It’s not humanly possible to get 108% of the vote!
If ID laws had been enforced (which the administration is completely against because that meant they would lose) then this wouldn’t be an issue.
We did a little digging here at NewsOne, and surprisingly — note sarcasm — those numbers are blatant fabrications. Click here for election results in Ohio county by county.
In addition to the push for secession, more people are purchasing assault weapons in fear that the Obama Administration will tighten regulations, preventing them from doing so as easily as they can now.
In October the number of background checks on people applying to buy guns, an indicator of future sales, increased by 18.4 per cent.
There was a similar jump when President Obama was first elected in 2008. A total of 12.7 million background checks were carried out that year, up from 11.2 million the year before, and the number has been rising since then.
Shares in weapons manufacturers like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger also surged after Mr. Obama’s re-election.
Who knew that the election of one man would make half of the country go stark, raving Karl Rove mad.
I, for one, could certainly live with less of the racism, sexism and homophobia that defines many right-wing policies. Maybe, just maybe, secession isn’t such a bad idea. Unfortunately, states do not have a legal right to secede, so this entire debacle is an exercise in futility. In response to a question about secession in 2010, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made it clear thatthe states are part of a whole under one federal government, not individual entities:
If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede. (Hence, in the Pledge of Allegiance, “one Nation, indivisible.”) Secondly, I find it difficult to envision who the parties to this lawsuit might be. Is the State suing the United States for a declaratory judgment? But the United States cannot be sued without its consent, and it has not consented to this sort of suit.
Bottom line: While I do understand that many conservatives have an aversion to these little things called facts, President Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America.
They need to either deal with that or get a passport.
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