Ron Paul Speaks On The States Secession Demands By Petitions To The White House
According to the White House's own rules on the 'We the People' portal of the Executive Branch's official website, a staffer from within the walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will respond in a timely manner to any petition that can garner more than 25,000 signatures. As of the morning of Nov. 14, pleads out of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee have all crossed that threshold, with petitions from the rest of the country quickly accumulating enough signatures to soon require a reply as well.
In almost every case, signees say that the time has come to do something about the state of the union.
Using bureaucratic means to "bypass the will of the people" is a complaint that 1,758 people as of this writing say is reason enough to separate Virginia from the current rule of the US in one petition; elsewhere on the site, a separate petition also calling for that state's secession has received more than triple the signatures, with residents agreeing with an interpretation of the Declaration of Independence that decries, "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another."
Browsing the more than 100 petitions currently open on WhiteHouse.gov, it's easy to see that those sentiments expressed by the country's forefathers are evident with many Americans today: almost all of the petitions from each of the 50 states cite the Revolution War-era doctrine to detail the necessary of separation.
In Texas, over 97,000 signees agree that secession is necessary, especially given what's described as a rampant mismanagement of the country's operation by means of the "federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending." Elsewhere in the explanation for their request to "withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government," citizens of the Lone Star State say, "The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights," specifically calling into question the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA). Several states have already repealed on local levels the NDAA and its provision that gives the president the authority to indefinitely detain US citizens without charge or trial, and next year lawmakers in Texas are expected to weigh in on a proposal to ban that legislation and another that will outlaw the procedures regularly used by TSA agents. With more and more Texans demanding secession, though — and hundreds of thousands of Americans from across the country demanding separation from the United States in other petitions — locally-binding legislation might not be enough to keep citizens from standing up and voicing their opposition off the Web.
In an editorial published this week in the Daily Caller, author Bob Smiley says that even if the demands of nearly 100,000 rebels from Texas aren't being taken seriously in Washington, all that could very well change.
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