A White House petition to allow Georgia’s peaceful withdrawal from Union

We’ve entered the period for thoughtful responses to last week’s woodshedding of the Republican party in the presidential sweepstakes.

In the take-my-ball-and-go-home category, we have the news that 20 petitions have been lodged with the White House website, seeking the peaceful withdrawal of certain states from the Union. Georgia, of course, is among them.

Most of them contain the same language:

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 of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government…”

The Georgia petition, filed Saturday, currently has 4,067 “signatures.” According to the rules of the “We the People” portion of the White House web site, a petition requires 25,000 signatures to elicit a formal presidential response. For instance, this is how the White House came to release its famous beer recipe.

So how might the White House properly respond to these new secessionists should they get to 25,000? The answer is very clear: Free tickets to Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which opens Friday at a theater near you:

Seriously, it’s the toleration of this kind of foolishness that got the GOP in trouble. And if Republicans are sincere about learning from past mistakes, this seems like a good place – an easy place – to start.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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182 comments Add your comment

Debbie Dooley

November 12th, 2012
2:56 pm

Ignorance is bliss…..

retiredds

November 12th, 2012
3:16 pm

Even if these buffoons get 500,000 GA signatures that does not represent all of the people of this state. My guess is that they would lose a referendum to secede rather handily. But it makes them feel better then they should go for it. What is the old adage, never make a big decision when you’re angry because it inevitably will be the wrong decision.

Question Man

November 12th, 2012
3:19 pm

Is this another legislative initiative cooked up by the leadership at ALEC?

Marlboro Man

November 12th, 2012
3:21 pm

Poor excuse for an American.

JL

November 12th, 2012
3:24 pm

Just when I thought living in Georgia could not get more embarrassing….

Wesley Dunn

November 12th, 2012
3:26 pm

At a time when our country needs unity and a spirit of cooperation to solve huge problems of national and international importance- not to mention the Republican Party needing to broaden its base to be relevant again, what GOP strategic genius framed this up?

John Jowers

November 12th, 2012
3:27 pm

Why should the GOP take any more responsibility for these nutjobs than the Libertarians or Democrats? Clearly these folks are on the very fringe of society. I’m not sure any of us would even have an awareness of their antics if those in the media didn’t give them the publicity they so crave.

yuzeyurbrane

November 12th, 2012
3:28 pm

I would say amen to their request but for the fact that I and at least 45% of Georgians would suffer terribly under these traitors. For the same reason, I would feel the same about most of the states of the Old Confederacy.

Dunwoody

November 12th, 2012
3:44 pm

I guess we could secede, but we’d have to get foreign aid from the real USA to survive.

M

November 12th, 2012
3:46 pm

One Nation, under God, indivisible, unless my team lost in the election.

Del Olds

November 12th, 2012
3:51 pm

An army of lawyers? Might be a better strategy, and more successful, with a better chance of winning. 8-)

Jimmy

November 12th, 2012
3:54 pm

This is not the time to quit the fight.This is a time to re double our efforts and defeat the enemy,Barrack Hussein Obama and his policies.We survived the likes of Jimmy Carter,and we will survive this socialist also.Not a single vote cast for Obama in the state of Georgia helped re-elect this fraud to the White House.100% of the electoral votes from Georgia went to Mitt Romney.

JB

November 12th, 2012
3:56 pm

Withdrawal?!?! Are you kidding me??? These frickin’ idiots need to withdraw from the state and not stay and embarass the rest of us. Please leave quickly and don’t utter another word on your way out!!!

me

November 12th, 2012
3:58 pm

Why are you assuming these are GOP members? How do you know that this same group wouldn’t have petitioned if Romney had won? I guess there is no such thing as unbiased media! Especially from the AJC. My guess is that it makes more sense to stir the pot than offering helpful solutions.

JB

November 12th, 2012
3:59 pm

Hey Jimmy, not a single vote or dollar from Ga helped elect Mitt, either. Let me guess, you’re one of the folks that signed that worthless piece of paper.

Scott Fresno

November 12th, 2012
4:04 pm

Treason much?

Beta

November 12th, 2012
4:08 pm

I wonder if these folks used their real names. Probably not, but if yes now the hated government, and their neighbours, have a list of potential trouble makers to keep their eyes on. Surely, they didn’t use their real names, you think?

Michelle

November 12th, 2012
4:09 pm

Jimmy, Thankfully, as a Georgia voter, my vote was added to the popular vote, which President Obama won as well.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

November 12th, 2012
4:10 pm

Yes and there were Union men who wept with joyful tears,
When they saw the honored flag they had not seen for years;
Hardly could they be restrained from breaking forth in cheers,
While we were marching through Georgia.
Hurrah! Hurrah! we bring the jubilee!
Hurrah! Hurrah! the flag that makes you free!
So we sang the chorus from Atlanta to the sea
While we were marching through Georgia.

“Sherman’s dashing Yankee boys will never reach the coast!”
So the saucy rebels said and ’twas a handsome boast
Had they not forgot, alas! to reckon with the Host
While we were marching through Georgia.

So we made a thoroughfare for freedom and her train,
Sixty miles in latitude, three hundred to the main;
Treason fled before us, for resistance was in vain
While we were marching through Georgia

JL

November 12th, 2012
4:10 pm

Georgia is too small for a country and too big for an insane asylum.

Tom

November 12th, 2012
4:14 pm

Publish the names of every one of these traitors.

MANGLER

November 12th, 2012
4:15 pm

So when 75, 85, 95, and 20 are blocked at the borders, and the port of Savannah has gunships preventing commercial trade, and terminals T through K at Hartsfield all become International … then what? You think you are quabbling with Tennessee over water rights now? Just wait until they point guns at you for being a foreigner. You don’t like equal rights for all or medical care for the masses or publicly funded schools? Fine. Secede. When GA’s population drops from 9.8 million to the people who sign the petition only, then I guess it won’t matter much that TSPLOST didn’t pass.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 12th, 2012
4:16 pm

IDEA: Let Puerto Rico into the union and kick Texas out. Seems like a great trade to me.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 12th, 2012
4:16 pm

“WE LOVE AMERICA SO MUCH WE WANT TO LEAVE AMERICA” –Dummy States

Honky Talkin

November 12th, 2012
4:17 pm

Watching the GOP fade into extinction is great entertainment.

PMC

November 12th, 2012
4:18 pm

Why do you report on this? Might as well go to a lunatic asylum and report their ramblings as well.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 12th, 2012
4:18 pm

Dunwoody

November 12th, 2012
3:44 pm

I guess we could secede, but we’d have to get foreign aid from the real USA to survive.

Haha, maybe they could ask Israel for it.

Kathy F.

November 12th, 2012
4:19 pm

From an old bumper sticker: If at first you don’t secede, try, try again.

GoodScout

November 12th, 2012
4:20 pm

All of you who want to secede can go — but you can’t take the territory that was fought and died for by TRUE patriots.

Take your treason and go live in your neocon dreamland, Somalia. Leave America for true Americans who respect our elections and institutions.

Matt

November 12th, 2012
4:21 pm

Lessons from the Election… http://bit.ly/Ukn7PA

earthworx

November 12th, 2012
4:21 pm

Hear hear Mr. Galloway!

doc

November 12th, 2012
4:23 pm

oh yes, please leave the united states! i work at the cdc and would love to move to a more sophisticated and enlightened state than this miserable backwater. lol. they are gop’s nuts. let them suffer the monsters they created

JL

November 12th, 2012
4:24 pm

And Jimmy? Georgia DID help Obama win reelection. By being a state run by right wing lunatics who passed an array of Draconian laws. That allowed the national Democrats to point to Georgia and ask Latino and women and gay and independent voters if this is the party and the ideas they really wanted in the White House. Those voters overwhelmingly said no and voted for Obama.

John Jowers

November 12th, 2012
4:24 pm

If you’re going to blame the GOP for every crackpot group in GA, you might as well make them responsible for the “Sovereign Citizens” as well.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/gwinnett-man-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-foreclosed-/nR7CZ/

camille

November 12th, 2012
4:25 pm

LOL!!!….. I can’t stop laughing…

Go ahead and secede…… give up medicare, medicaid, food stamps, peachcare, federal money for schools……roads………..epa………… osha…….. airport………federal parks……loose a lot of jobs (government jobs, air force base, contractor jobs)…………… many companies would pull out of GA…..Grady, a trauma hospital would cease to exist… go ahead and pull out.. save me some money….. LOL!!!! people just don’t think.. they react… LOL!!!!

Congrats PRESIDENT Obama on your win…..

camille

November 12th, 2012
4:28 pm

If people are sooooo unhappy with the presidential election LEAVE THE COUNTRY.. no one is stopping you. Retain your ‘privilege’ as a US citizen and move to a foreign country. Have good health care, superb military, inspected meats and vegetables… JUST LEAVE…

Eli

November 12th, 2012
4:31 pm

Sore losers, the whole lot of them.

Withdraw from the Union?…over an election?! Give it a rest.

I seem to remember a bunch of racists doing that once…I also seem to remember that it was a miserable failure.

Grow up, people. The sun will rise in the east again tomorrow. Millionaires and Billionaires will still be millionaires and billionaires…and wealthy Americans like myself will still be able to turn $50k/yr manufacturing jobs from the US into $5/day jobs in China…just like Romney and the GOP like.

rock in my shoe

November 12th, 2012
4:31 pm

where do i sign?

Honky Talkin

November 12th, 2012
4:31 pm

Most of these GOP idiots should move to Hawaii. They don’t think it’s a US state anyway…..

Blake

November 12th, 2012
4:33 pm

I’m for it.

Denise

November 12th, 2012
4:34 pm

JB….LOVE YOUR COMEBACK TO JIMMY!!! CLASSIC!!

stan

November 12th, 2012
4:34 pm

are they kidding ! bunch of dummies!

Senor Coughee

November 12th, 2012
4:35 pm

So where’s the article equating all Democrats with Jared Loughner? It’s only fair. Especiall if you’re going to equate all Republicans with nut cases like these. Then again, I already know the answer. “That’s different”. Go to hell, Jim, and take your biased BS with you.

professor says...

November 12th, 2012
4:36 pm

WHY are so many white people so intolerant of anyone else’s success?

WHY can’t you get along with people other than other whites? You are so damn ignorant and this secession-thing proves it yet again. Grow up!

Gary Burley

November 12th, 2012
4:37 pm

Why does the rest of the country think we’re a bunch of backward hicks again? Oh yeah…

Denise

November 12th, 2012
4:37 pm

@me…cut me a break. You know this would not be the case if Mr. Romney had won.

JRHD

November 12th, 2012
4:44 pm

I served this country so that all of you could throw stones at each other. SMH and sadly walk away.

2DPointAtlanta

November 12th, 2012
4:44 pm

This is one thing the President might support.
He gets nothing but dramatic resistence from us (Georgia) anyway. Russia split up and most of those small countries are getting along fine.

Agree 100%

November 12th, 2012
4:46 pm

to the Debbie D. you must be blissful. retiredds let me guess like you just did Obama care will not hurts us WRONG. JL Georgia could not get more embarrassing I’ll buy the bus ticket if you promise to leave. Tom thanks for publishing your whole name DUH. Doc I’ll get you a tickeet to leave with JL. God forbid these people express their rights under the Constitution but then most of you are properly people who supported Obama he is the guy that doesn’t care a bit about the constitution and just want to get this county in such bad shape he can become king or emperor

Jeff

November 12th, 2012
4:48 pm

Supposedly the US is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The only problem is for some people in Georgia that war never ended.