In the narrow space between the election and yet another example of the worthlessness of “our” media in chasing after sex rather than the corruption and abuse that they always whiff past, the “We the People” petition thing on the official White House website, which I’ve poked at before, ended up in the news. This was due to a slew of requests for states to be able to secede — that is, to withdraw from the U.S..
Obviously the wisdom of directing such requests this way is lacking, if serious. Ability to simply reject government authority with a note would define it as not government authority in the first place. Also, I notice most of the states named (though not all) happen to be ones that voted for Romney, so the depth of the sentiment strikes me as rather shallow. Either you reject the feds or you don’t, who is taking the oath should be irrelevant, and sour grapes over an outcome that changes nothing is ridiculous when you favored an outcome that also would change nothing.
That said, embarrassing the rulers is mad lulz, & I’ll take where they can be had. So I laughed. Until I saw that someone else didn’t:
A call for everyone who signed the secession petitions to be forcibly exiled (there’s no such thing as “peacefully deported”. If someone leaves voluntarily that’s just called “leaving”, if they don’t wish to leave then making them leave involves uniformed folks with firearms & handcuffs) for their opinions, filed under “civil rights & liberties”. “Love it or leave it!” expressed more than likely by an Obama supporter, maybe even one considering himself a “progressive”. Well, Woodrow Wilson would approve.
To think we wonder why Obama feels so comfortable claiming the authority to imprison and kill citizens without charges. Look whose got his back…