In September of 2011, WhiteHouse.gov launched a new webpage entitled, “We the People.”
The page was designed to make petitioning the federal government easier on the general public, with the President promising, “An official response” for any petition that draws 5,000 signatures within 30 days.
Following President Obama’s victory last Tuesday, the White House seems on course to be giving an official response to a duo of unflattering petitions.
The first petition, launched the day after the Presidential election reached the 5,000 mark in its first week – demanding for the US government to: “Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”
The petition went on to state, “As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
“…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government…”
A second petition has been launched on the President’s official website, demanding the government “Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”
That petition has attained nearly 2,000 signatures in its first full day.
That document laid out its case by saying, “The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.”
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