A Battle of Petitions: Secession vs. Deportation as Counter Gripes Mount

Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 01:12 PM

By Michael Mullins

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In response to the onslaught of state secession petitions filed on Whitehouse.gov since President Barack Obama’s re-election, backlash has begun in the form of what else, a counter petition.

On Monday, Douglas H. of Escondido, Calif. created a petition that called for the peaceful deportation and stripping of citizenship for all those whom have signed secession petitions.

As of noon Wednesday, the deportation petition has received nearly 9,000 signatures, requiring an additional 16,000 by Dec. 12 to receive a response from the administration.

The love it or leave it petition appears to mirror a common conservative approach to dealing with those who are highly critical of U.S. policy or individuals who threaten to leave the nation if their political candidate doesn’t win.

Celebrities in particular are notorious for promising to self-exile themselves if an election doesn’t go their way. The late Hollywood Director Robert Altman famously said he would move to France if President George Bush defeated Al Gore in 2000.

Similarly, actress Kim Basinger reportedly said she and her then-husband, actor Alec Baldwin, would leave the U.S. if Bush won the 2000 election, a remark Baldwin vigorously disputed in follow-up interviews.

Altman died in Los Angeles in 2006, and both Baldwin and Basinger, now divorced, remain U.S. citizens.

The battle of secession and deportation petitions have opened up a new front, or form of expression, in our politically divided nation via a forum that is usually reserved for drug legalization requests and civil rights issues.

Whitehouse.gov’s “We the People” page allows citizens to reach the administration directly with an issue or a cause. In order to receive a reaction from the administration, petitions must obtain at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days of its creation.

Since Wednesday of last week, secession petition requests have been started for all 50 states according to The Daily Caller, amounting to over 675,000 signatures.

The White House has yet to react to the political protest, though according to Dallasnews.com, the administration says it will respond to the Texas secession petition, but not when.

In reaction to the Texas secession petition, which has garnered nearly 100,000 signatures as of noon Wednesday, a counter petition was started on Monday. It requests that the city of Austin, a liberal bastion in the generally conservative state, be allowed to “withdraw from the state of Texas and remain part of the United States.”

The Austin secession petition has over 4,000 signatures thus far.

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