Obama administration gives drawn-out ‘no’ in response to popular secession petitions from 50 states
By End the Lie
After the reelection of President Barack Obama last year, petitions created by individuals in every state in the Union appeared on the White House website calling for a peaceful secession, some of which were massively popular.
The response to the petitions devolves to the point of absurdity when it claims that the Obama administration cares about “work[ing] together – and hear[ing] from one another – in order to find the best way to move forward.” The Obama administration claims they can legally assassinate Americans while never having to explain why it is legal and claims the authority to indefinitely detain Americans without charge or trial (while declared unconstitutional by one judge, it was quickly overturned by an Obama appointee).
Clearly, the Obama administration couldn’t care less about the American people as Obama recently reauthorized broad warrantless electronic spying powers and signed the NDAA 2013 into law. The claims made in the response to the petition are therefore simply laughable.
One from Texas, for example, garnered over 125,000 signatures, to which the Obama administration’s Jon Carson recently responded to by writing what is essentially a drawn-out “no.”
Carson, the director of the office of public engagement, issued the response to eight petitions from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, all of which gained more than the 25,000 signatures required for a response.
Carson noted that while “democracy can be noisy and controversial” it simply cannot involve secession.
“But as much as we value a healthy debate, we don’t let that debate tear us apart,” Carson wrote.
Carson argued that the founding fathers, in writing the Constitution of the United States, ensured “the right to change our national government through the power of the ballot — a right that generations of Americans have fought to secure for all.”
“But they did not provide a right to walk away from it,” he wrote.
Carson went on to cite the 1861 inaugural address of President Abraham Lincoln in which Lincoln said that the Union of the States is permanent, along with a Supreme Court ruling, which stated “[t]he Constitution, in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible Union composed of indestructible States.”
Carson attempted to make it seem as though the “We the People” petition platform actually means something in writing that it is “a chance to engage directly with our most outspoken critics.”
The only problem, of course, is that most petitions are met with a similarly drawn-out negative response.
Contrary to Carson’s claims, the Obama administration couldn’t care less about “connect[ing] concerned citizens with White House.”
When those concerned citizens actually want answers about why the Obama administration thinks they can store information on Americans with no links to terrorism for five years, why military drones are operating domestically (also see this video report), or why they think they can kill Americans without charge or trial and call it due process, the American people are met with silence.
If you want to know about trivial matters such as a beer recipe or perhaps want to get an extended negative answer to a range of other issues then sure, the We the People platform does just what Carson says it does.
Otherwise, you’d better not hold your breath waiting for a response. You won’t get one any time soon, if ever.
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