“REMEMBER THE ALAMO!”
UPDATE: 9:15 pm EST
Note: This is about individual citizen venting, not tied to actual state governments, and carries no official weight — simply an exercise of First Amendment rights. It should be viewed in the context of a citizenry voicing healthy concerns in a conservative-liberal debate over Federal policies and centralized government invoking Federal over state rights — a legitimate citizen concern.
Texans Seek Redress of Grievances:
A statement of dissatisfaction has appeared on the White House website from over 30,000 Texas citizens requesting a peaceful withdrawal from the Union.
When you consider the history of Texas, which began as a revolt from Mexico with the famous battle cry “Remember the Alamo,” it is no surprise to find citizen pride in their uniqueness and a desire to retain it. But secede from the Union?
No doubt to become the butt of jokes by late night hosts, the issue is really just having a voice and exercising the rights to appeal directly to government leadership. In this case the appeal is simply this: “Texas citizens are tired of being disregarded.”
According to the White House 25,000 signatures must be obtained to seek any review upon a petition proposal.
As of this hour there are 31, 079 Texan signatures. In addition I counted 20 other petitions from citizens seeking the same for their respective states; again an exercise in futility in any real terms, but being noticed nevertheless.
Totally disconnected from reality of how government works, it is interesting to watch a protest thermometer heat up surrounding support of states rights combined with support for the US Constitution.
Here’s the actual wording of the petition to secede as shown at the White House website:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government. Created: Nov 09, 2012
The Real Questions Are Constitutional
Driving this is a quintessential grassroots concern over the the loss of personal liberty to big government, and nothing less than federalism and original arguments from the founders on the virtues of limited government. Likewise it raises the appropriate state’s right questions seeking a constitutional response:
- “Can centralized government from far away serve the distinct needs of our state in a “one size fits all” regulatory approach?”
- “Can states in fact expect the protections offered in Article 4 Section 4 of the US Constitution and as prescribed in the 10th Amendment?”
It will be interesting to see how large these petitions grow.
James Michael Pratt is a New York Times bestselling author editor and owner of Jerusalem Reports, and frequent contributor to Red State and other conservative sites. He is author of RIGHT and WRONG Not Left and Right – The Third Option, Book 1 for 2013 release. His personal website includes biographical and other information regarding his work. He can also be found on FACEBOOK and Twitter.