Friday, November 16, 2012

Dear Secessionists: We’ll See Your Petition and Raise You |

Dear Secessionists: We’ll See Your Petition and Raise You |
One of the many great things thing about America’s grand experiment in democracy is that people are free to object to it. In the nine days since Nov. 6, more than 500,000 signatures from residents of all 50 states have appeared on petitions demanding the right to secede from the union in light of President Obama’s reelection.

Most of the requests, hosted on the White House’s ”We The People” online petition website, ask that the President “peacefully grant the state of ______ [Maine, Texas, Wisconsin, etc.] to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.” Some even quote the Declaration of Independence to support their argument.

Another great thing about America, however, is that people are free to make fun of each other — particularly of those citizens who appear to have skipped the fourth grade class when their teachers began the chapter on the Civil War. A series of anti-secessionist counter-petitions have sprung up on We The People, some with thousands of signatures, expressing support for the Union or demanding punishment for the would-be secessionists.

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