Did President Barack Obama get so caught up in his 2012 re-election campaign that he forgot for a moment he had to go home to his sinking vessel, or was he nobly taking his second term because the captain must go down with his ship?
Time will reveal the answer, but President Obama has a dirty job on his hands and as each hour ticks by, his party settles down, state after state is stirring up a revolt on the White House website. What's their request? They want out!
SouthJeeper71 on Twitter confirms many American's feelings: The rats are hemorrhaging from the sinking ship of Obama's administration.
Petitions are filling up by the hour as state after state joins in. According to an Examiner article, just yesterday there were 15 states wanting to separate themselves, now there are 19.
How it works:
Whoever initiates the petition must get 150 signatures just to "go live" on the site. Then, each state must get 25,000 signatures by Dec. 10, 2012 to be considered by President Obama.
Since writing this article, I have had to change my numbers for the states twice because they are changing so quickly.
As of Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m.: Alabama, 2451; Colorado, 1768; Florida, 2362; Georgia, 2086; Indiana, 1919; Kentucky, 1901; Louisiana, 10,281; Michigan, 1255; Mississippi, 1903; Missouri, 1270 (2 petitions); New Jersey, 1448; New York, 1674; North Carolina, 2386; North Dakota, 1497; Oregon, 1567; South Carolina, 1338; Tennessee, 1026; Texas, 9,108.
Each state's plea reads similarly:
"Peacefully grant the State of Missouri to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government."
When clicking into the petition, many of them read like this:
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."
What is happening, America?
Why, since Obama won his second term in Washington D.C., are states requesting their divorce?
Will these petitions amount to anything or are they the beginning of a succession of rejected, ignored requests by "We the people"?
Are these liberty campaigners or Romney's people or both initiating this revolt?
If these requests of succession are from the liberty campaign, Romney and third partiers, this may be the first time they've all united. Pretty ironic since most in all three started out as either democrats or republicans.
See the petitions for yourself here.
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