[Rushtalk] White House responds to secession petitions
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White House responds to secession petitions
'As much as we value a healthy debate, we don't let that debate tear us apart'
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by <http://www.wnd.com/author/dzahn/>Drew Zahn
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Drew Zahn is a former pastor who cut his editing
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The White House has responded to the hundreds of
thousands of Americans who signed digital
petitions asking permission for states to peacefully secede from the union.
In a nutshell, the answer is no.
As much as we value a healthy debate, writes
Jon Carson, director of the White Houses Office
of Public Engagement, in
the official response, we dont let that debate tear us apart.
was the first news outlet in the nation to report
when a Louisiana man began a petition on the
People website, asking permission for his state to peacefully secede.
Louisiana petition quoted from the Declaration of
Independence: 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.
According to the guidelines of the We the
People website, when a petition reaches 25,000
signatures, the White House has pledged to put
the petition on a queue for response.
Louisianas petition quickly reached that
threshold and was followed by similar petitions
from all 50 states, several of which also topped the 25,000 mark.
Counter-petitions were also created, including
that called on the White House to deport
everyone that signed a petition to withdraw their
state from the United States Of America. That
petition also cleared the 25,000-signature hurdle.
The official White House response is listed as a
response to all of the secession petitions, pro and con.
Our founding fathers established the
Constitution of the United States in order to
form a more perfect union through the hard and
frustrating but necessary work of
self-government, the response reasoned. They
enshrined in that document the right to change
our national government through the power of the
ballot a right that generations of Americans
have fought to secure for all. But they did not
provide a right to walk away from it.
As President Abraham Lincoln explained in his
first inaugural address in 1861, in
contemplation of universal law and of the
Constitution the Union of these States is
perpetual, the response continued. In the
years that followed, more than 600,000 Americans
died in a long and bloody civil war that
vindicated the principle that the Constitution
establishes a permanent union between the States.
And shortly after the Civil War ended, the
Supreme Court confirmed that [t]he Constitution,
in all its provisions, looks to an indestructible
Union composed of indestructible States.
full response can be read here.
The question of secessions constitutionality has
been debated, indeed, since long before Abraham
Lincolns time, and has remained debated even
since the Texas v. White Supreme Court decision
cited in the White House response.
WND columnists Walter E. Williams and Alan Keyes,
for example, have both penned columns arguing
secession is perfectly constitutional. Williams
here, cites historical evidence from both the
Founding Fathers and the Civil War era. Alan
here, argues God-given rights cannot be trumped
by man-made law, Supreme Court decisions or civil war.
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