It seems as if there are two sides to this onslaught of petitions.
What started as a controversial online movement by voters disillusioned with the federal government may have just become very nasty.
In the wake of citizens in over twenty states having submitted online petitions to the White House’s website to allow their respective states to leave the Union, another petition has been filed. The latest petition, created Monday by a user named “Douglas H.” of Escondido, California takes aim at the secessionists themselves, calling on the president to use his executive authority to settle the matter in a rather extreme way.
“Mr. President, please sign an executive order such that each American citizen who signed a petition from any state to secede from the USA shall have their citizenship stripped and be peacefully deported.”
Despite the tongue-in-cheek tone to the petition, it has already created a firestorm of controversy on the internet. The Drudge Report website features the petition on its website, and Newsweek’s Michael Tomasky made no bones about his opinion of the situation in his report about the counter-petition.
“Now there’s a new petition: to deport every jerkazoid who signed a secession petition. If you wanna sign, it’s right here. It’s early days yet, so it has only about 2,000 signatories so far.”
Despite this, most comments on this piece were surprisingly polite, though one reader’s comment is thought-provoking.
“Why are people who want to secede “jerkazoids” if they’re doing what you want them to do?”
On a related front, Texas Governor Rick Perry, believed by many to be in favor of Texas’ departure from the union, appeared to have redefined his position recently when Catherine Frazier, a spokesperson for Perry, told CBS News that the governor “believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it.”
Though Daniel Miller, leader of the Texas Nationalist Movement, told Politico on Monday that the Lone Star State’s petition was initiated by a general disillusionment with the federal government, Barack Obama’s re-election didn’t help. He reiterated, however, that Obama wasn’t the sole reason.
“I am completely aware that Election Day was a catalyzing moment, but I do not believe that the underpinnings of this are solely about Barack Obama. This cake has been baking for a long time — it’s the Obama administration that put the candles on the cake and lit it for us.”
Many critics and skeptics have pointed out that secession by these states would result in a variety of unintended consequences, including potential economic ruin for the affected citizens. One of the most populous states to file a secession petition, New York, received $3 billion in federal aid in 2010. Texas, in particular, has been cited by many as a state which can’t afford to secede. The state received just over $1.5 billion in federal aid in 2010, according to a report published by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Texas petition has received over 60,000 digital signatures, over the required threshold to receive official consideration from the White House.
Louisiana, the state whose petition movement started it all, received just under $3 billion in federal aid in 2010, while Florida received a little over $1.5 billion. Such federal aid is considered vital to the economic and governmental health of these states, and for that reason many critics believe the secession petitions amount to little more than online demonstrations.
It amazes me that this election has brought the ‘ugly’ out of soooo many people.
I remember when ex-President Bush was questioned about the lack of weapons of mass destruction that he kept warning Americans about. His response was, ‘Oops. I was wrong. But what can you do?’
Where were the protests and threats of secession?
It looks as if this will not be the end of this.
Though I am glad there is a counter petition.