Secede? Sure, Missouri might try that
The Kansas City Star
Upset about the 2012 elections? Think Missouri should secede? Want to waste some time?
Several thousand Missourians in the last few days have signed on to efforts to get the state to peacefully withdraw from the United States of America.
Mayor Sly James alerted me and his other Twitter followers today of this site.
The budding effort is more fully explained in this new Washington Post piece.
(UPDATE) And the effort seemed to be gathering steam on Monday, per Politico.
“The two most popular petitions, Texas and Louisiana, have both drawn more than 10,000 signatures each as of Monday morning. The Texas petition needs only 7,000 more signatures to trigger an official White House response.”
You can go online and sign petitions at the White House website to get all kinds of things done, including asking that your state be allowed to get out of the whole federal government. Missouri is just one of the states on the list. It seems as if a number of Americans don’t want to be … well … Americans these days.
Of course, the signatures have no practical effect. It would take a whole lot more effort - by state legislatures, residents and Congress - for anything to happen like a state getting out of the United States.
But the site does give people somewhere to go to blow off steam.
Here’s the gentle wording of the petition:
We petition the Obama administration to: Peacefully grant the State of Missouri to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
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…”