I remember feeling quite distraught after the 2000 hijacking of the Presidential election, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court; I was almost beyond despair when George W. Bush “won” re-(s)election, watching the hot messes in Florida (again) and Ohio (thanks Ken Blackwell, for the voting machines breaking down in minority neighborhoods). But at no point was I threatening to leave the country or, say, file a petition for my state to leave the union.
In 2012, there are people so unhinged by the re-election of Barack Obama that they want their Red state to go it alone. These were filed with the “We the People” program by enterprising individuals in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. If any of the efforts reach 25,000 signatures within a month, the White House will give an official response. The WaPo features the petition for Alabama:
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…”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) raised the idea of secession back in 2009, but he has since made clear that he has no interest in it. Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp (R) suggested in 2010 that some states might have to “consider separation from this government” should the leadership in Washington not change. “I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government,” he said.
As of this writing, Texas (59,774), Florida (17,725), and Alabama (16,885) are heading up the pack, so the Lone Star “Nation” has earned a White House reply…
I doubt most of the people in these states are so deranged that they are willing to foot the bill for their own military and surely since they are believers in small government, these new border countries will not have Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, FEMA, or any little bits of “socialism” like that.
But it will be interesting to see the White House response to this entertainment…
Meanwhile, when you read this story, you have to think there is a substance abuse problem at work, but no, it’s only a severe case of Obamaphobia along with ignorance beyond hope. Phoenix citizen Holly Solomon decided that her husband deserved a little lesson for not voting (in particular for Romney), and the punishment was to be on the wrong side of her car’s bumper.
In an e-mail to media, Gilbert police Sergeant Jesse Sanger says the argument started in a parking lot Saturday morning over Daniel Solomon’s lack of voter participation. “According to Daniel, Holly believed her family was going to face hardship as a result of President Obama’s re-election,” Sanger says.
Her husband tried to use a light pole to shield himself, and Solomon drove around the light pole several times as she continued to yell at him. Eventually, her husband made a run for it, but Solomon hit him, pinning him under the car and on a curb, according to police.
Phoenix New Times’s Matthew Hendley pointed out the folly of Solomon’s rage (I think her screws were way too loose to grasp this):
It should be noted that President Obama won a grand total of zero of Arizona’s 11 electoral votes, so it wouldn’t have helped if Daniel Solomon had voted for Romney 1,000 times.